Fairmont girls golfers earn state team bid
NEW PRAGUE — “Just two-putt, if you three-putt, it gets iffy.”
That’s what Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen told Maggy Totzke as she came to the ninth green to finish her round in the final group of Tuesday’s Section 2AA girls golf meet at the New Prague Golf Club.
Instead, Totzke sank the putt and clinched Fairmont’s two-day total of 721 to beat St. Peter’s 724 and take a team spot in the Class AA state meet.
“Gut-wrenching,” Brad Haugen said of watching Anika Haugen and Totzke come up to the final green with a dwindling lead. “I don’t know anything harder than being a coach and watching your own kid in a pressure situation like Anika was in, and then my surrogate child of Maggy Totzke, watching her hit a bad tee shot on the last hole and step up like nothing happened to hit a second shot. She got her chip up there and drained the putt to seal the win. That’s the kids, they put in the work all the time to be ready for those situations. Maggy took care of business. It’s pride, it’s gut-wrenching when it happens, but I’m just so proud of the kids for putting their best foot forward and getting the job done.”
Southwest Christian of Chaska finished third as a team with their total of 772, while Le Sueur-Henderson finished fourth at 788.
Fairmont moves on to the Class AA state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan with Day 1 coming next Tuesday and Day 2 on Wednesday.
Totzke carded four pars to build her total of 46-45-91 on Day 2 to follow her first-round score of 90.
Solveig Senf led the Cardinals over the two-day tournament, carding an 87 on Day 1 and following with a 44-45-89 Tuesday with four pars.
Brynn Gustafson carded the third Fairmont score of 43-51-94 Tuesday with four pars, complementing her Round 1 total of 91.
Bailey Martinson connected for birdies on the par-4 10th hole and par-4 15th hole to complement one par on her way to a Round 2 total of 49-47-96 for the final Fairmont counting score Tuesday. Martinson carded a Round 1 total of 99.
Anika Haugen shot an 83 in Round 1 to contribute to Fairmont’s team total, then connected for a birdie on the par-4 16th hole, while sinking four par putts to card a 53-44-97 in Round 2.
Lauren Davis connected on three par putts Tuesday to card a round of 54-48-102 after recording a 105 on Round 1 to round out the Cardinal scores.
“Survive and advance,” Haugen said. “We hung in there. Our first nine of the day, we played solid, everybody on the team was in it. Turn to the last nine, the heat kind of kicked in and the girls had to grind for it. They had to hang on in the end. A player like Bailey Martinson, who has been grinding all year long to get back into form and we ended up using her score. That’s one of the reasons we’re going to the state tournament. Everybody on the team did their job, worked hard and posted the best score they could.”
Blue Earth Area’s Kylie Rosenau qualified for Round 2 of the section meet with a first-round total of 96, then connected on two pars for a Round 2 score of 48-54-102 to finish in a tie for 16th.
The top five individual results from golfers not on Fairmont’s team advanced to the state meet as individuals.
Le Sueur-Henderson’s MaKenna Reinhardt carded the medalist two-day score of 81-81-162, while Waseca’s Megan Nelson hit the runner-up total of 88-78-166.
Jordan’s Victoria Woytassek carded a two-day score of 86-81-167 for third as an individual, while Adrianna Bixby of St. Peter recorded an 81-88-169 for fourth and Jordan’s Morgan Eckman took fifth at 92-82-174.
Section 2AA Golf Meet
(Results courtesy of iwanamaker.com)
Team Standings (Champion advances to state): 1. Fairmont 351-370-721; 2. St. Peter 365-359-724; 3. Southwest Christian 382-390-772; 4. Le Sueur-Henderson 381-407-788.
Individual Results (Top 5 non-winning team members advance to state): 1. MaKenna Reinhardt (Le Sueur-Henderson) 81-81-162; 2. Megan Nelson (Waseca) 88-78-166; 3. Victoria Woytassek (Jordan) 86-81-167; 4. Adrianna Bixby (St. Peter) 81-88-169; 5. Morgan Eckman (Jordan) 92-82-174.
Fairmont scores: 7. Solveig Senf 87-89-176; 8. Anika Haugen 83-97-180; 9. Maggy Totzke 90-91-182; 11. Brynn Gustafson 91-94-185; 14. Bailey Martinson 99-96-195; 25. Lauren Davis 105-102-207. Blue Earth Area score: T16. Kylie Rosenau 96-102-198.