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April 25, 2013

Area golfers earn state berth after firing lowest rounds of career

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She carded one in Ardmore at Lakeview, and first shot 74 last year at the state tournament, when she improved seven strokes between the first and second rounds.

A long hitter — Hartog estimates she hits her 9-iron 130 or 140 yards — she finally has a round in her pocket that proves she’s getting better.

“I think I only missed two or three greens,” she said.

Down the stretch Hartog was only thinking about making pars. She had her eye on a 70 before making bogey on the par 3 17th, but still approached the 18th tee knowing she was on the verge of the best round of her life.

“I was like,” she said, “fairway, green, two-putt.”

That’s what happened.

Though her team failed to qualify, Hartog, like Greteman, is headed to the state tournament. And if this year is like last year, she can come through with yet another career-low round.

“I just tried to make pars and birdies came along,” she said, “and now I have confidence going into state.”

Clay Horning

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