Bottineau’s Ellee Rybchinski wins Region 4 golf tournament, Meadow Roberts named senior athlete

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 9:02 AM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. (KMOT) – Bottineau freshman Ellee Rybchinski stepped up to the 18th hole tee box at Souris Valley Golf Course with a five-stroke lead Monday.

Ellee said the moment was something she had never dreamed of when she started golfing as a seventh grader.

Although she bogeyed the final hole, she won the Region 4 golf tournament by a four-stroke margin.

“I did not believe that I could ever win regionals when I first started golf. I just kept working hard at the course and wanted to feel it. Always come in with a positive attitude in every tournament and play your best always. I don’t know, hit it well,” said Ellee.

The Stars also won the team’s second-straight region title as a team.

Region coaches voted Meadow Roberts from Nedrose the region’s senior athlete of the year.

“Your mental game is the biggest thing. I was so hard on myself, I had really bad self-talk but this year I focused on really good self-talk. I think that has helped me. I’ve shot a 49 on the front, then went 38 on the back. Good self-talk can go a long way for you,” said Meadow.

The girls class B state tournament runs from Sept. 25-26 in Mapleton.

Region 4 Tournament Individual Qualifiers

  1. Elle Rybchinski, freshman, Bottineau - 87
  2. Ava Thorenson, senior, Bottineau - 91
  3. Meadow Roberts, senior, Nedrose - 92
  4. Laken Lee, junior, Westhope/Newburg - 93
  5. Marly Santjer, freshman, Rugby - 94
  6. Isabel Helde, senior, Nedrose - 97
  7. Katie Moen, freshman, Bottineau - 98
  8. Leah Conway, senior, Nedrose - 100
  9. (tie) Cienna Clemens, senior, Velva - 101 and Keelah Karow, senior, Velva - 101

Region 4 Tournament Team Qualifiers

  1. Bottineau - 383
  2. Nedrose - 395
  3. Velva - 422