Alexandria girls' golf: Wins are piling up for Cardinals
Wins are starting to pile up for the Alexandria girls' golf team as the Cardinals wrapped up their week with a couple more victories on Friday and Saturday.
Alexandria went to Staples to play in a 12-team meet at the Vintage Golf Club on Saturday. It was the third meet in three days for the Cardinals, but they showed no signs of fatigue with a winning score of 344. That came a day after they took the pre-section meet at Long Prairie with a score of 351 behind medalist Amanda Bigger.
Bigger shot an 81 on both Friday and Saturday, with her score at Staples earning her second place. The junior leads a deep lineup for Alexandria that continues to put multiple girls in the top 10 at tournaments.
"We have a team with nice depth from all six positions in our lineup," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "This may prove to be the difference in June (at the section meet). We have three or four players each meet that can go low for us and all six players are capable of posting a score to help our team score."
That showed on both days as Alexandria put all six of its golfers in the top 20 at pre-sections before four finished top 10 in Staples. Emily Thul (43, 43, 86) took fourth on Saturday, while Bridget Amundson finished seventh (46, 42, 88). Natalie Amundson was the team's fourth scorer with an 89 that was good for ninth place.
"I was really proud of how the girls handed the tough [weather] conditions," Zupfer said. "Scoring was not easy and everyone had to handle some bad holes and move on."
Thul was only three shots off Bigger's 81 at the pre-section meet to finish third overall. Brynn Novotny added a ninth-place finish with a 92. Natalie and Bridget Amundson both shot 94s to finish tied for 14th and Shelby Iverson was 17th with a 95.
"Individual scores were a little high," Zupfer said. "But this course plays long and plays tough. We had the opportunity to see the course and the competition we will face in June."
The Cardinals' depth beat out Buffalo by nine strokes at Long Prairie, while Monticello rounded out the top three with a 388.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Alexandria - 344; 2. Elk River - 361; 3. St. Cloud Cathedral - 363; 4. Bemidji - 367; 5. Staples-Motley - 371; 6. Willmar - 382; 7. Detroit Lakes - 396; 8. Irondale - 396; 9. Moorhead - 409; 10. Albany - 412; 11. Crosby-Ironton - 508; 12. Princeton - Incomplete
ALEXANDRIA - Bigger - second place, 42, 39 - 81; Thul - fourth place, 43, 43 - 86; B. Amundson - seventh place, 46, 42 - 88; N. Amundson - ninth place, 44, 45 - 89; Iverson - 37th place, 54, 49 - 103; Madison Houska - 43rd place, 52, 56 - 108
PRE-SECTION MEET AT LONG PRAIRIE
TEAM SCORES - 1. Alexandria - 351; 2. Buffalo - 360; 3. Monticello - 388; 4. Sartell - 390; 5. Tech - 400; 6. Willmar - 400; 7. Apollo - 411; 8. Bemidji - 427; 9. Moorhead - 429; 10. Brainerd - 441; 11. Big Lake - 457; 12. Sauk Rapids - 514; Long Prairie - Incomplete
ALEXANDRIA - Bigger - first place, 40, 41 - 81; Thul - third place, 42, 42 - 84; Novotny - ninth place, 49, 43 - 92; N. Amundson - 14th place, 48, 46 - 94; B. Amundson - 14th place, 48, 46 - 94; Iverson - 17th place, 50, 45 - 95
The Cardinal girls' golf team made it two straight Central Lakes Conference wins to start the conference season after shooting a 329 in Fergus Falls last Thursday.
Alexandria finished eight shots lower than second-place Rocori. St. Cloud Tech was a distant third with a 360.
"The conditions were a little windy and the greens were a little quick, making the scoring a little more difficult than [last] Monday," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "Rocori was led by sophomore Marja Sorenson, who shot a very fine score of 73. We were able to utilize our team depth to outlast the rest of the teams in the field."
Four top-eight finishes were more than enough to hold off the Spartans. Amanda Bigger and Emily Thul both shot 81 to tie for third place. Thul shot a 36 on the back nine to rebound from a 45 on the front.
"She proved that persistence pays off," Zupfer said, "as she finished her round birdie, eagle, par. This was Emily's first eagle. Amanda struggled some with her putting but managed to play her entire round with no score higher than a bogey."
Brynn Novotny was not far behind with an 82 that was good for sixth place. Natalie Amundson finished eighth with an 85, while Bridget Amundson and Shelby Iverson carded a 92 and 102, respectively.
FERGUS FALLS INVITE
TEAM SCORES - 1. Alexandria - 329; 2. Rocori - 337; 3. St. Cloud Tech - 360; 4. Brainerd - 372; 5. Fergus Falls - 378; 6. St. Cloud Apollo - 378; 7. Sartell - 391; 8. Willmar - 397; 9. Sauk Rapids - 482
ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Bigger - third place, 41, 40 - 81; Thul - third place, 45, 36 - 81; Novotny - Sixth place, 44, 38 - 82; N. Amundson - eighth place, 45, 40 - 85; B. Amundson - 21st place, 49, 43 - 92; Iverson - 31st place, 54, 48 - 102