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Cards take first in BSC meet

FOLLOWING THROUGH - Fairmont’s Brynn Gustafson tees off the first hole of Jackson Golf Club on Monday during Big South Conference golf action. (Photo by Kyle McAreavy)

JACKSON — The wind knocked down shots and raised up scores.

Through tough conditions, the Fairmont Cardinals claimed first during a Big South Conference girls golf meet Monday in Jackson with a team score of 394. Anika Haugen (89) was one of two players to break 90 on the day, while the Cardinals also had Maggy Totzke (97) as one of seven who broke 100.

Haugen birdied the par-5 15th hole and recorded six pars to garner her 44-45–89 score, while Totzke birdied the par-5 13th hole and added three pars for her 50-47–97.

Haugen’s score earned her second overall, while Totzke finished in a tie for fifth.

Solveig Senf and Lauren Davis tied for eighth overall with their totals of 104 for the final Fairmont counting scores.

Senf birdied the par-4 first hole and carded two pars for her 52-52–104, while Davis had one par in her 55-49–104.

“We actually had some birdies and in these conditions it’s always good to sneak one in,” Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen said.

“The biggest thing (with 18-hole rounds) is building their endurance. The kids make fun of me, but I’m always telling them they shouldn’t be riding golf carts. It makes a big difference, especially at a course like this as hilly as it is and having to put in 18 holes. It’s not just the physical fatigue, but the mental fatigue, too. I thought we held together well in tough conditions.”

Brynn Gustafson added a 59-51–110 with three pars for the Cardinals, while Bailey Martinson had one par in her 53-57–110, tying them both for 13th overall.

Payten Gudahl led the Blue Earth Area Bucs on the way to a sixth-place team finish at 456.

Gudahl carded two pars on the way to a 52-57–109 for 12th, while Katelyn Storbeck had one par in her 61-29–110 for a tie at 13th.

Kylie Rosenau shot a 57-55–112 for 16th overall and third on the Bucs, while Rylan Storbeck carded BEA’s final counting score of 60-65–125.

Lyndsey Borris recorded one par in her 60-68–128 for 32nd overall and Jordon Smith shot a 68-67–135 for the Bucs.

“It was a day of perseverance,” Haugen said. “In these tough, windy conditions, with big hills up and down, the girls did a good job. Whether it was hitting one out of bounds or losing a ball, they did a good job of bouncing right back. … It was a nice come-from-behind victory. After about nine holes we were down about 10 strokes.

“The greatest thing about this team, all I’m gonna hear on the ride home is, ‘I could have done this better,’ or, ‘I could have done that better.’ This team has that drive and that’s how you know you’re sitting in a good spot.”

Waseca’s Megan Nelson earned the medalist score of 43-44–87.

Fairmont matches up with Jackson County Central and New Ulm again at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oakdale Golf Club in Buffalo Lake. BEA plays host to Martin County West at 4:30 p.m. today at Minn-Iowa Golf Course.

Blue Earth Area 317, St. Peter 325, Jackson County Central 374, Fairmont 353, New Ulm 373, Waseca 392 — The Blue Earth Area boys continued their dominant start to the season with a team win at a Big South Conference meet Monday in New Ulm.

Braden Gudahl led the Bucs with his medalist total of 39-36–75, while carding five birdies and five pars.

Manning Lane, Ashton Lloyd and Max Ehrich placed fourth through sixth, respectively, for the final BEA counting scores.

Lane recorded two birdies and eight pars to total a 40-39–79, while Lloyd had two birdies and six pars for a 41-40–81. Ehrich had seven pars, one birdie and an eagle on the par-4 16th hole at New Ulm Country Club for his 39-43–82.

Alexander Moeller led the Fairmont Cardinals’ fourth-place team finish with his seventh-place individual total of 39-44–83.

Moeller had birdies on the par-5 ninth and 18th holes as well as the par-4 fourth hole to complement six pars.

Jacob Harris finished 10th as an individual with his 42-46–88 for the second Cardinals’ score. Harris had six pars.

Brock Lutterman had one birdie on the par-3 second hole and four pars to build his 41-47–88, while Mathew Cone tied for 18th with his score of 48-46–94, which included a birdie on the par-5 13th hole and two pars.

Gavin Storbeck and Nathan Murphy both shot 47-48–95s for the Bucs to tie for 21st.

Alec Reutzel connected for a 50-46–96 for Fairmont, placing him 25th, while Blake Hilgendorf finished 26th with a score of 51-48–99.

BEA plays host to Martin County West at 4:30 p.m. today at Minn-Iowa Golf Course. Fairmont faces Jackson County Central and New Ulm again at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oakdale Golf Club.

Alden-Conger 180, St. Clair 193, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 208 — Jake Fischer shot a nine-hole score of 47 to lead the Jaguars during Valley Conference boys golf action Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.

Owen Wolter and Louis Bowers each shot a 53 for the Jaguars, while Wyatt Luhman added a 55 for the team’s final counting score.

Lance Stevens shot a 57 for the Jaguars, while Zach Flohrs added a 67.

There were no complete teams during the girls’ portion of the meet.

Amber Steen was the top scorer for the Jaguars with a nine-hole score of 57, while Amelia Heald shot a 60.

Emily Drummer and Ella Schull each shot 48s for St. Clair, while Emma Morrison led Alden-Conger with a 54.

Emma Kleinschrodt had a 59 for the Knights, while Emmie Jacobs had a 64.

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