JORDAN - Detroit Lakes took home the Minnesota Class AA girls golf state team championship trophy Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.
Detroit Lakes eighth-grade phenom Kate Smith shot a second consecutive 18-hole round of 70 to capture the individual state championship.
Smith's two-day total of 4-under 140 tied the Class AA record for the lowest girls' 36-hole score and helped pace the Lakers to a first-place team mark of 308-311-619. Smith tied for fifth in last year's state tournament.
SWEET SWING — Fairmont senior Cayce Craig hits an approach shot on the par-4 No. 9 hole during Day 2 action at the Class AA state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Club in Jordan on Wednesday. Photo by Daniel Kerwin/New Ulm Journal
Fairmont’s Josh Baldus and coach Brad Haugen (back) watch his tee shot on No. 9 at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan during the Class AA state meet Wednesday. Photo By Daniel Kerwin/New Ulm Journal
Becker senior Kourtney Williams finished second overall for the second year in a row. Williams shot a 77-72-149 to earn the silver medal.
Fairmont's girls golf team scored a second-day team total of 401 to put it in eighth place overall.
Junior Lizzie Larson finished in a tie for 52nd place individually and led the Cardinals with six pars on the way to a 46-48-94 second round. Larson closed out the two-day event with a 186.
Megan Rosol recorded the lone Fairmoint birdie on the par-3 No. 3 and finished Wednesday's round at 50-45-95. Rosol placed 54th overall by carding a two-day total of 187.
"Lizzie had some of her best iron play all year, and she played well," said Fairmont head coach Ron Kallheim.
"Megan played her game and did well. She might have liked five fewer strokes, but did well," Kallheim added.
Seniors Emily Splinter and Cayce Craig completed the Cardinals' counting scores with a 52-49-101 and 51-60-111, respectively.
Splinter placed 71st overall with a 198, while Craig netted 82nd with 227.
Junior Elizabeth Kim and eighth-grader Cassidy Krusemark rounded out the Cardinal effort with rounds of 62-55-117 and 57-67-124, respectively, during Day 2. Kim finished in 84th place with a 229, while Krusemark netted 86th with a two-day mark of 244.
"When you come up against teams that shoot a 311 or 319, that's tough. We would've liked to have shot better, but we're at state. That is an accomplishment," said Kallheim.
Blue Earth Area senior Allie Curtis finished her second round with a 47-52-99. Curtis tied for 61st with a 191.
Buc junior Autumn Drake improved upon her first-round score (108) by dropping 13 strokes to shoot a 41-54-95 on Day 2. Drake tied for 74th place with a 203.
In the Class AA boys action, Detroit Lakes outshot its opponents, 291-310-601, to capture the state championship.
Karter Smith fired a 78 on Wednesday to close out the two-day tournament with an overall total of 145 to capture second place individually to lead Detroit Lakes in its championship effort.
Fairmont junior Josh Baldus improved on his front-nine score from Day 1, shooting two strokes better with a 40. On the back nine he scored a 38, including a birdie on No. 16 during Wednesday's action.
Baldus's two-day total of 155 earned him a tie for 26th overall.
"He (Baldus) shot a 40 today on the front nine, which he had scored 42 the day before, so that was better," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen. "Overall, he played solidly today, when the wind picked up and he was able knock a few of the guys ahead of him down."
Blue Earth Area senior Andy Aukes scored a 39-40-79 on Wednesday to finish in a tie for 36th place overall with a two-day total of 158.
Aukes produced a 28th-place finish during the 2011 Class AA state meet.