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Cardinals take fourth in first CLC meet

Cole Haugen reads a putt during last season’s Alexandria Invite on May 16, 2013. Haugen led the Alexandria boys’ golf team by shooting a score of 77 in the team’s first Central Lakes Conference meet of the season last Thursday in Fergus Falls. The Cardinals took fourth place out of nine teams in the meet. (File photo)

The Alexandria boys’ golf team kicked off Central Lakes Conference play by finishing in fourth place among nine teams at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Fergus Falls on Thursday.

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Cole Haugen and Dan Hennessy both shot rounds lower than 80, helping the Cardinals finish with a score of 324. Haugen shot a score of 77 while Hennessey finished with 79.

“Cole Haugen finally broke into the 70s, which was good to see,” head coach Rick Larson said. “He struggled off the tee but scrambled pretty well to turn in a good score. Dan Hennessy, a junior seeing his first varsity CLC action, played very well, chipping in another score in the 70s.”

A handful of double bogeys did not help Lukas Bigger shoot as well as he had hoped. Bigger wound up with a score of 84.

Grant Zwilling started off slow by going eight strokes over par through the first five holes. But he finished stronger by shooting four-over-par through the last 13 holes for a score of 84. He rounded out the Cardinals’ top four by also shooting an 84.

Aaron Johnson finished with a score of 88 and Ryan Marciniak ended up with 94.

Fergus Falls won the meet by shooting 299, followed by Willmar in second with a score of 318 and St. Cloud Tech third with 321.

“It is awfully early in our season, so much work is needed to be done, but I fully expect the team to continue to get better,” Larson said.

The next Central Lakes Conference meet was Monday morning at Rich Spring Golf Course in Wakefield.

MEET RESULTS

TEAM – 1. Fergus Falls, 299; 2. Willmar, 318; 3. St. Cloud Tech, 321; 4. Alexandria, 324; 5. Sartell, 326; 6. Brainerd, 341; 7. Sauk Rapids, 346; 8. Rocori, 360; 9. Apollo, 372

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – Cole Haugen, 77; Dan Hennessey, 79; Lucas Bigger, 84; Grant Zwilling, 84; Aaron Johnson, 88; Ryan Marciniak, 94

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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