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Fairmont garners 2nd at own girls golf invite

CHIPPING ON — Fairmont’s Anika Haugen chips onto the ninth green at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont during Saturday’s Cardinal Invitational. Haugen went on to claim runner-up individual honors to pace the host Cardinals’ runner-up team showing. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont golfers Anika Haugen and Brynn Gustafson lowered the numbers on their respective scorecards while the temperature at Rose Lake Golf Course rose to a high of 91 degrees during Saturday’s Cardinal Invitational.

The friendly rivalry between top Section 2AA girls golf contenders Fairmont and St. Peter also heated up during the seven-team invitational at the Fairmont-based course.

Adrianna Bixby fired an 18-hole medalist round of 83 and sibling Audra Bixby carded a fourth-place mark of 88 to power the St. Peter Saints past the Fairmont Cardinals, 359-386, for the team championship.

“Back-and-forth,” said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen. “St. Peter beat us at the first Big South event of the season before we beat them at their own invitational on their home course (Shoreland Country Club). They came down here today and returned the favor by beating us at our invitational.

“We look forward to continuing our season-long battle with St. Peter all the way through the section meet.”

With No. 1 golfer Maggy Totzke out of the lineup Saturday, Anika Haugen and Gustafson elevated the level of their overall games to produced a pair of top 10 finishes to help guide the five-player Cardinal lineup to runner-up team honors.

Haugen carded a career-best 18-hole round of 44-43-87 to capture second place individually, while Gustafson also recorded a career-best total of 45-52-97 to earn the 10th spot overall.

Haugen made a team-leading five pars — on Nos. 1, 7, 9, 15 and 18, while Gustafson produced pars on Nos. 7, 9, 14 and 16 to spearhead Fairmont’s stellar performance.

Solveig Senf also broke the century mark by penciling in a 50-49-99 to claim 13th place overall for Fairmont. Senf birdied the par-5 ninth hole to complement three pars.

Lauren Davis and Bailey Martinson rounded out the Cardinals’ second-place performance by registering a 49-54-103 and a 52-53-105, respectively.

“North Union really played themselves into the mix for second place today as we beat them by just four shots,” Brad Haugen said in reference to the Warriors’ third-place total of 390.

Blue Earth Area finished fourth with a 416, Worthington placed fifth at 419, Marshall netted sixth at 429, while Mankato West took seventh with a 458.

North Union’s Halle Rezac and Blue Earth Area’s Payten Gudahl each posted top-seven showings to earn individual medals on the tournament.

Halle Rezac carded a 41-47-88 to finish in a three-way tie for third, but struck bronze by edging out Audra Bixby and Pipestone Area’s Emma Budden via tiebreaking criteria.

Rezac delivered a team-best five pars on Nos. 1, 6, 8, 16 and 18 to highlight her low-scoring effort.

Gudahl generated a round of 45-48-93 to pocket the No. 7 spot in the individual standings to top Blue Earth Area’s scoring charts. Gudahl connected for par on four holes — Nos. 2, 7, 9 and 13 — to earn the invitational’s final medal.

Kylie Rosenau also sank four pars — on Nos. 4, 9, 12 and 15 — to highlight an 18-hole mark of 48-53-101 for the Bucs, while Rylan Storbeck and Lyndsey Borris rounded out the team’s counting scores. Rylan Storbeck carded back-to-back nine-hole totals of 54 en route to a 108, while Borris sank one par to pace back-to-back 57s for a 114.

Katelyn Storbeck, who made two pars, shot a 52-67-119 for Blue Earth Area, while teammate Jordon Smith chipped in a total of 62-63-125.

Jordyn Cummins and Olivia Von Bank each contributed rounds of 100 to pack scoring punch to Halle Rezac’s low-scoring ways, while Vanessa Von Bank completed the Warriors’ counting marks with a 102.

Cummins sank three pars en route to nine-hole scores of 48-52, while Olivia Von Bank reversed her teammate’s nine-hole marks with a 52-48. Olivia Von Bank connected for two pars. Vanessa Von Bank penciled in a 46-56, including three pars.

Amelia Fothergill and Abby Rezac rounded out North Union’s effort with respective rounds of 56-64-120 and 63-65-128.

Adrianna Bixby carded a 42-41-83, including a tournament-best six pars to complement a birdie on the par-4 18th hole, to earn the competition’s individual gold medal. Audra Bixby’s fourth-place round of 88, Mia Hansen’s sixth-place 92 and Katie Salzwedel’s score of 96, that earned a share of eighth place with Mankato West’s Delaney Giesen, rounded out St. Peter’s counting scores on the event.

Fairmont, Blue Earth Area and St. Peter compete against host Jackson County Central, New Ulm and Waseca in Jackson at 2 p.m. today.

North Union plays host to Lake Mills and North Iowa at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Country Greens Golf Course in Armstrong.

2021 Cardinal Girls Golf Invitational

At Rose Lake Golf Course

(Results courtesy of iwanamaker.com)

Team Standings: 1. St. Peter 359; 2. Fairmont 386; 3. North Union 390; 4. Blue Earth Area 416; 5. Worthington 419; 6. Marshall 429; 7. Mankato West 458. Incomplete: Windom Area and Pipestone Area.

Individual Results (Top 10): 1. Adrianna Bixby (St. Peter) 83; 2. Anika Haugen (Fairmont) 87; 3. (via tiebreaker) Halle Rezac (North Union) 88; 4. (via tiebreaker) Audra Bixby (St. Peter) 88; 5. Emma Budden (Pipestone) 88; 6. Mia Hansen (St. Peter) 92; 7. Payten Gudahl (Blue Earth Area) 93; 8. (tie) Delaney Giesen (Mankato West) and Kate Salzwedel (St. Peter) 96s; 10. Brynn Gustafson (Fairmont) 97.

Other Fairmont scores: 13. Solveig Senf 99; T19. Lauren Davis 103; T22. Bailey Martinson 105. Other B.E. Area scores: T16. Kylie Rosenau 101; T26. Rylan Storbeck 108; 33. Lyndsey Borris 114; 35. Katelyn Storbeck 119; 38. Jordon Smith 125. Other North Union scores: T14. Jordyn Cummins and Olivia Von Bank 100s; 18. Vanessa Von Bank 102; 36. Amelia Fothergill 120; 39. Abby Rezac 128.

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