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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 01 2013

Two Detroit Lakes girls golfer pick North Dakota State

FARGO – The girls golf program at Detroit Lakes High School has been on a climb of excellence in recent years, culminating with a second straight Minnesota state title in June. More evidence came last week, when two players verbally committed to play Division I golf.

Natalie Roth and Trisa Hutchinson won’t have to drive far to school at North Dakota State.

“I’m actually not surprised just because of the amount of work that they’ve put in,” said Detroit Lakes head coach Cali Harrier, “and their dedication and love for the sport.”

Both players will be seniors this year and will make it official later this fall on signing day. Getting the decision out of the way now will most likely be a benefit once the girls season gets going next spring. Roth is the captain of the Lakers soccer team and Hutchinson is a volleyball and basketball captain. Both excel in academics, Harrier said.

“I know they wanted to get it off their minds,” she said. “As a coach, I can’t wait to see that – having the pressure off and not thinking about college.

Harrier, who just finished her fifth year as head coach, has been going through the college recruiting process for the first time in the last year and more work is on the way with individual state champion Kate Smith, who is just a sophomore this year. Harrier said NDSU head coach Matt Johnson committed to Roth and Hutchinson early and has been a regular visitor to tournaments.

“And when they visited there, both connected with the team,” Harrier said.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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