Par for the course, NDSU golfer follows in Amy Anderson's footsteps

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Competition is competition for North Dakota State golfer Natalie Roth. Especially because she doesn't give much thought to who she see's on the course. Male or female.

"I usually go out to play the course and not the people I'm with," said Roth. "I'm just looking forward to hitting from the back tee's and showing them what I've got."

That being said, Moorhead Country Club is probably Roth's most familiar opponent.

"We play it a lot during the season and actually this is the course that I started golfing on when I was just a kid," she explained. "I took lessons from Larry Murphy himself so it means a lot to come back and actually be able to compete on this course. I'm looking forward to that."

Amy Anderson, now Amy Olson, became the first woman to play in the KX Bank of the West Amateur in 2011.

She's now on the LPGA tour.

Roth is the only female registered this year and the first since Amy.

"It would be cool to see more girls out here. Like the Pine. That started with Amy Anderson as well and that kind of expanded to now a handful of girls and maybe this year even more," said Roth. "I love the competition and it's good to see the girls hit from the back tee's as well."

This weekends tournament isn't about breaking barriers or shattering glass ceilings. It's not boys versus girls. It's simply a chance to compete.

"Great opportunity to play in a local area and maybe have some local people come out to support. That's kind of how it was brought up and I'm all for playing in spots that are close to home."