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Cardinals place 7th at Class AA state girls golf meet

TO THE CUP — Fairmont’s Brynn Gustafson putts toward the cup during final-round Class AA state golf play Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. (Photo by Greg Abel)

JORDAN — Fairmont improved its scores nearly across the board.

The Cardinals took seventh place at the Class AA state golf meet with a two-day team score of 392-371-763 on Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Lake City won the event with its score of 673, while Providence Academy (717) and Fergus Falls (727) took spots on the podium in second and third, respectively.

Perham’s Mallory Belka won the individual portion with a two-day total of 148, while Lake City’s Jordana Windhorst Knudsen took second at 157.

“We had a good bounce-back round,” Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen said. “After a little disappointing, jittery first day, we were able to put aside some of the nerves and put up a better score. We stayed away from some of the bigger numbers that got us yesterday and when we got a double-bogey, we would come back with a par, things like that.

“It’s that resiliency we have to develop, especially without having a senior and getting everybody back next year. Now we just need to take it as a learning experience and hopefully come back next year to compete for that top three.”

Maggy Totzke led the way for Fairmont with her two-day score of 90-92-182 for 33rd as an individual.

Totzke notched a string of pars from the first hole through the fourth, while adding another on hole No. 17, to card her Day 2 score of 45-47.

Anika Haugen bounced back from her Day 1 total of 98, shooting a Day 2 46-43-89. Haugen carded seven pars on Nos. 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 14 and 18 to record her round and finish in a tie for 42nd as an individual at 186.

Solveig Senf also bounced back from her Day 1 total of 98, collecting a birdie on the par-4 second hole and notching pars on Nos. 3, 7, 10, 14, 16 and 17 to finish at 46-43-89 and in a tie for 45th with a two-day score of 187.

“The awesome thing was, they realized how much golf this really is,” Brad Haugen said. “We giggled because I used to have a policy where kids couldn’t ride golf carts during the season and that’s why. This is a grind, 54 holes of golf in three days. Not only physically do you need to handle it, but mentally you have to handle the fatigue. Those are things you can build up if you put in the time.”

Brynn Gustafson was another comeback player of the day, recording a round of 46-56-102 after shooting a 110 on Day 1. Gustafson’s total of 212 placed her as the final Cardinal counting score and at 76th as an individual. Gustafson had four pars on Day 2.

Lauren Davis finished one spot behind Gustafson in the individual standings at 77th with her two-day score of 215. Davis shot a 106 on Day 1 and carded one par on the way to a round of 52-57-109 on Day 2.

Bailey Martinson rounded out the Cardinal lineup with her two-day score of 109-107-216 to finish in 78th place as an individual.

Martinson recorded one par to shoot 57-50-107 on Day 2.

“Coming off of not having a golf season, nobody knew what this year would be like,” Brad Haugen said. “We were lucky all of our girls stayed healthy and we were able to participate in every meet with all of our players. … We’re excited about how the girls stepped up and qualified to be here, then came out and did our best.”

Class AA Girls

Golf State Meet

(Results courtesy of iwanamaker.com)

Final Team Standings: 1. Lake City 673; 2. Providence Academy 717; 3. Fergus Falls 727; 4. Minnewaska Area 732; 5. Pequot Lakes 734; 6. St. Croix Lutheran 737; 7. Fairmont 763; 8. Hermantown 808.

Individual Results (Top 10): 1. Mallory Belka (Perham) 148; 2. Jordana Windhorst Knudsen (Lake City) 157; 3. Grace Petzold (Providence Academy) 158; 4. Annika Stensrud (Minnewaska Area) 161; 5. (tie) Anna Eckmann (Park Rapids Area) and MaKenna Reinhardt (Le Sueur-Henderson) 162s; 7. Margaret Bahr (Cannon Falls) 163; 8. Jenna Wiebke (Caledonia) 164; 9. Morgan Krieger (Pequot Lakes) 167; 10. Ella Matzke (Lake City) 168.

Fairmont Scores: 33. Maggy Totzke 182; T42. Anika Haugen 186; T45. Solveig Senf 187; 76. Brynn Gustafson 212; 77. Lauren Davis 215; 78. Bailey Martinson 216.

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