HS Golf: Reede leads rival programs

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Players coming together to compete as one team is pretty common in North Dakota high school athletics. But how about a coach in charge of multiple programs competing separately. I spent time with Lindsay Reede to see how she is able to do it.

Lindsay Reede coaches varsity golf for rivals Bismarck and Century.

“It works for now,” Reede said. “Maybe in the upcoming years we will separate as teams.”

Two years ago, St. Mary’s co-oped with Bismarck and Century. Then the Saints split from the co-op to form their own team, while the Patriots and Demons continued to compete against each other, but Lindsay stayed as coach for both.

“St. Mary’s had strong enough numbers to split for them,” Reede said. “At the time, BHS only had three girls. So instead of taking away their program, I just took it over.”

This season, Bismarck has six golfers on the varsity roster and Century has seven. But Lindsay feels Bismarck is ready for their own coach, right now.

“Right now,” Reede said, “I feel comfortable letting them go. But a few more girls would never hurt.”

As of Sept. 11, Century sits in second place in the WDA. Because of the limited numbers Bismarck has not performed as well. But Lindsey thinks that will change quickly.

“Our BHS program,” Reede said. “We still got skill. It’s only going to get better from here. There’s a lot that they can work on, but they are really good right now.”

The in-city rivals hold joint practices, so you might expect a little trash talking, but that’s not the case.

“The girls they get along so well,” Reede said, “They’re basically just one team together. The only thing that’s different is that they compete against each other.”

So how difficult is it for one coach to govern two teams?

“I stay busy,” Reede said, “but I like it,”

Bismarck and Century are back on the links Sept. 12 at the St. Mary’s Invite , which will be held at Riverwood Golf Course starting at 10 a.m.

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