Defending state champion Natalie Roth and teammate Trisa Hutchinson of Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and play women's golf at North Dakota State University. NDSU head coach Matt Johnson made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 13, the first day of the one-week early signing period.
Roth shot even-par and was co-medalist to lead the Lakers to their second straight Class 2A state championship last spring. She is a four-year letterwinner who averaged 76.3 strokes last season and is a two-time all-conference and all-state performer. Roth participated in the 2013 Minnesota/Wisconsin Ryder Cup and was a top-25 finisher in the 2013 Minnesota state amateur championship.
Hutchinson is a five-year letterwinner for the Lakers who had a 76.5 stroke average her junior year and placed seventh at the Minnesota Class 2A state tournament. She is a four-time all-conference performer and was all-state in 2012 and 2013. She also played basketball and was MVP of the volleyball team in 2012.
Both players have their senior seasons left to play next spring. The Lakers have won four straight conference championships, four straight Section 8 championships, and had third- and second-place finishes at the Class 2A state meet before their back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
North Dakota State won its first Summit League championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I regional last season. The Bison are second in the league in scoring at 310.8 through the first six tournaments of the 2013-14 season, which is on pace to break the school record of 312.61 set last season.