Fairmont golfers split dual with St. Peter

CHIPPING — Fairmont Cardinal golfer Alexander Moeller sprays the sand while chipping out of a bunker during Big South dual-meet action with St. Peter at Interlaken Golf Course in Fairmont on Tuesday. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — The Cardinal girls won, while the Fairmont boys lost in dual meet Big South Conference golf action against St. Peter.

Fairmont’s girls beat the Saints, 189-195, on co-medalist scores of 44 from Bergen Senf and Maggy Totzke, while the St. Peter boys took a 158-170 win behind Carter Doose’s medalist score of 35 at Interlaken Golf Club on Tuesday.

It was the final dual meet of the season for the Cardinals. Both Fairmont and St. Peter teams travel to Jordan on Thursday for what Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen called a state tournament practice round to get the competitors time on the state course, before competing for the Big South title Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont, after it was moved from St. James.

Senf built her nine-hole score of 44 on four pars, while Totzke made three pars and birdied the par-5 second hole.

Isabell Geiger finished third for the Cardinals with a score of 50 on three pars — Nos. 1, 3 and 5. Bailey Martinson had the Cardinals’ final contributing score of 51 after sinking one par putt.

Anna Nordquist shot a 55 with one par, while Anika Haugen totalled a 57 to round out the Cardinals’ scoring.

Emily Salfer hit a 46 to lead the Saints, while Amelia Wernsing and Rae Smit each shot a 49.

Mia Hansen and Heidi Mayo both totalled 51, with Hansen being the final St. Peter contributing score.

Kate Salzwedel notched a 62 to round out the Saints’ scoring.

Brad Haugen said he was happy with the girls performance in their final dual meet of the season.

“Big deal on the last dual of the season, just making sure we accumulated those points going into the conference championship to make sure we have a shot at winning the conference championship,” Haugen said. “Marshall is gonna be there, that’s gonna be our first test head-to-head with them and there will be good Waseca and New Ulm teams that we still have to beat to get the championship, which these girls have really set their sights on this whole season.”

Tanner DeWar led the Cardinal boys with his runner-up medalist score of 38 on six pars, including a run of five straight, and a birdie on the par-5 second hole.

Alexander Moeller notched a 41 on six pars, three to start the round and three to finish it, for second on the Cardinals, while Colby Grotte totalled a 44 off three pars.

Brock Lutterman counted the final Cardinals’ contributing score of 47 on two pars.

David Maakestad hit a 48 on two pars, while Mathew Cone totalled a 54 with two pars to round out the Cardinals’ varsity scores.

Doose led the Saints with his 35 on seven pars and two birdies on the par-5 second and seventh holes. Doose did not have a hole above par to lead to his 2-under total, while Kendall Nicolai hit a 39 off four pars and two birdies on the par-4 first hole and par-5 sixth hole.

Alex Wenner used six pars to write in a score of 41, while Marshall Nicolai hit four pars to total 43 for the final Saints’ contributing score.

Cade Horner hit a 44 on three pars, while Logan Moe hit two pars to total 51 and round out the Saints’ scoring.

Haugen said the boys’ team has grown throughout the year and has given itself a bright future.

“Solid round out of the guys today,” Haugen said. “We’re right there, St. Peter has an awesome team. Carter Doose leads them in scoring so we knew Tanner (DeWar) would have to hang close with him for us to have any chance. Alexander (Moeller) had another nice round of 41, Colby (Grotte) with a solid round of 44 and Brock (Lutterman) and David (Maakstad) are both right there, shooting a 47 and 48, (respectively).

“They’re young, they’re eighth graders. To have those guys out there grinding and getting better, next year hopefully they’re in the low 40s. We’ll see some graduations from other teams and we’re going to miss Tanner in the future, but it’s pretty bright when your next guy is only a sophomore.”

North Links Invitational (Boys) — Madelia took first, while Martin County West tied for second in invitational action Tuesday at North Links Golf Course in Mankato.

The Blackhawks’ team score of 356 led the 18-hole competition, while MCW’s 383 tied with Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton. Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther/Truman received an incomplete score.

Carson Wihlm’s runner-up medalist score of 43-42-85 led the way for the Blackhawks.

Carson Wihlm hit eight pars to total his 85, while Colin Wihlm knocked in six pars and a birdie on the par-4 10th hole to tally 46-43-89 for Madelia’s second score.

Jared Henry connected on seven pars and a birdie, also on the par-4 10th hole, to total 52-38-90, while Cade Lunz shot 47-45-92 on two pars and a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole for the final Blackhawks contributing score.

Colby Wihlm’s 46-48-94 on three pars and a birdie on the par-4 17th hole and Collin Tierney’s 47-57-104 with a birdie on the par-3 third hole rounded out the Blackhawks scoring.

Dawson Weber hit a medalist score of 39-42-81 on nine pars and a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole to lead the Mavericks.

Hunter Schmidt wrote in a 43-45-88 on four pars, while Carson Kahler and Nic Miller each totaled 107 for the final Maverick contributing scores. Kahler made three pars for a 55-52 round, while Miller hit two pars for a 54-53 total.

Zach Forsberg rounded out the Mavericks’ scoring with a 70-71-141.

Wyatt Risk led the Jaguars with two pars to build a 51-57-108, while Colby Brudelie notched a 58-54-112 and Mitchell Steuber totaled a 73-57-130.

Madelia hosts Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, New Ulm Cathedral and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in quad action at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, while Martin County West and the Jaguars play in the Valley Conference Meet next Tuesday at Terrace View Golf Course.

North Links Invitational (Girls) — The Madelia girls placed third at invitational action Tuesday at North Links Golf Course in Mankato.

Jude Frelich led the way for the Blackhawks with two pars to build a score of 59-55-114, while Alayna Champlin hit a 58-62-120 to help build the Blackhawks’ team score of 483.

Hannah Grebenc shot a 57-66-123 and Savannah Wyman had the Blackhawks final contributing score of 65-61-126.

Taylor Tierney rounded out the Blackhawks scoring with her round of 68-63-131.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther/Truman received an incomplete score with only Amber Steen competing. Steen shot a 60-58-118 on two pars.

Alden-Conger’s Annika Riebe hit a medalist score of 48-49-97 on two pars.

The Blackhawks host Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, New Ulm Cathedral and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in quad action at Madelia City Park Golf Course at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, while Martin County West and the Jaguars play in the Valley Conference Meet next Tuesday at Terrace View Golf Course.

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