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Fairmont girls golfers 7th at state after Round 1

PUTTING PROWESS — Fairmont golfer Maggy Totzke drains a putt for a par during first-round action at the Class AA state tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. (Photo by Greg Abel)

JORDAN — First-round jitters got to the Cardinals.

“I think tomorrow we just need to be able to handle the experience, we need to be able to handle the nerves and the anxious energy. We didn’t handle that too well to start,” Fairmont head golf coach Brad Haugen said of the Cardinals’ first round at the Class AA state golf tournament Tuesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. “We just need to realize the state tournament is a grind. … It’s a lot of golf. If you want to play with the best of the best, you have to build that endurance and you need to mentally focus for 36 holes to get the job done.”

Fairmont combined for a Day 1 team total of 392, placing them seventh as a team. Lake City leads the way with a 343, while Fergus Falls totalled a 359 for second place and Minnewaska Area shot a 362 for third.

Fairmont will tee off the 10th tee at 7:30 a.m. today for their second round.

Maggy Totzke led the Cardinals with her Day 1 total of 44-46-90. Totzke connected for five pars on Nos. 5, 8, 10, 15 and 17, while starting her second set of nine holes strong with a birdie on the par-5 first hole.

Totzke’s Day 1 total leaves her in 27th in the individual competition.

Anika Haugen and Solveig Senf each carded 98s for the Cardinals.

Haugen recorded a 47 on the front nine at the Jordan course, while carding a 51 on the back nine. She holed pars on Nos. 3 and 10.

Senf had four pars on the seventh, ninth, 11th and 16th holes to help build her score of 50-48. Senf added two birdies, one to start her day on the par-5 10th hole and the other to rebound from a tough fourth hole on the par-3 fifth.

“Our biggest things today were the bounce backs,” Brad Haugen said. “Being able to come back from a tough hole. One of the best stories for us today was Solveig Senf coming back from a tough fourth hole, then coming back and chipping in for birdie on the fifth. The resiliency you have to show is, you can’t do anything about the shots you’ve already hit, you just need to focus on the next one.”

Senf and Haugen enter Day 2 tied for 56th as individuals.

Lauren Davis carded the final counting Fairmont score of 56-50-106 on the strength of one par on the 15th hole. Davis will go into the second round in a tie for 74th individually.

Bailey Martinson sank a par putt on the 17th hole to build her score of 58-51-109, placing her 79th as an individual, while Brynn Gustafson connected for pars on Nos. 8 and 15 to create her total of 54-56-110 to finish 80th overall.

“This reminds me exactly of the 2010 state tournament. The boys had absolutely perfect weather and just didn’t play well,” Brad Haugen said. “(Assistant coach) Ryan Stevens was one of the only ones who had a decent round that day. It was a lot of would-of, should-of, could-of that day. … It’s kind of the same thing, we had a beautiful day today, we just couldn’t get it going. Maggy (Totzke) had a good round, but there was a lot of would-of, should-of, could-of, hopefully now, we’ve got the state jitters out of the way and can come play a better round tomorrow.”

Perham’s Mallory Belka took Day 1’s top spot with her round of 73, while Lake City’s Jordana Windhorst Knudsen took second at 75. Cannon Falls’ Margaret Bahr is close behind, entering Day 2 with a third-place total of 75, while Annika Stensrud of Minnewaska Area and MaKenna Reinhardt of Le Sueur-Henderson each shot a 79 for a tie for fourth.

Class AA State Meet

(Results courtesy of iwanamaker.com)

Team Standings: 1. Lake City 343; 2. Fergus Falls 359; 3. Minnewaska Area 362; 4. Providence Academy 365; 5. Pequot Lakes 367; 6. St. Croix Lutheran 373; 7. Fairmont 392; 8. Hermantown 397.

Individual Results (Top 10): 1. Mallory Belka (Perham) 73; 2. Jordana Windhorst Knudsen (Lake City) 75; 3. Margaret Bahr (Cannon Falls) 78; 4. (tie) Annika Stensrud (Minnewaska Area) and MaKenna Reinhardt (Le Sueur-Henderson) 79s; 6. (tie) Morgan Krieger (Pequot Lakes) and Abby Thelen (Albany) 80s; 8. Anna Eckmann (Park Rapids Area) 81; 9. (tie) Grace Petzold (Providence) and Campbell Gunderson (Stewartville) 82s.

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