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Alexandria junior Lukas Bigger watches his shot from the fairway on the 10th hole at AGC on May 22. Bigger won a playoff hole and shot a two-day score of 150 to qualify for the individual Class AAA state golf tournament at Bunker Hills. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Playoff sends Lukas Bigger to state golf as Cards take sixth

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Playoff sends Lukas Bigger to state golf as Cards take sixth
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Alexandria’s Lukas Bigger will take on the best of the Class AAA field after qualifying for the individual state golf tournament on Wednesday.

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The Cardinals made the cut of the top six teams after day one at the Section 8AAA tournament with a score of 312. Sixth place is exactly where the Cardinals ended up as they finished with a two-day score of 636 after a 324 at the Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre on Wednesday.

“Another beautiful weather day and the scores were good again,” head coach Rick Larson said. “As a team we did not fare as well on day two, but some individuals had a better showing.”

Bigger actually shot better on day one with a 73, which put him in second place with 18 holes to go. He withstood some bogeys on the back nine to shoot a 77 on Wednesday and found himself in a playoff with a player from Moorhead for the final individual spot in the state tournament.

“Usually, a 152 is good enough, but not this year,” Larson said. “Fortunately on the first playoff hole, Lukas hit two good shots, a chip and a putt for a par and beat the Moorhead player’s bogey.”

Fellow Alexandria junior Cole Haugen also shot pretty well but not quite good enough to qualify for state. Haugen shot a 75 on Wednesday after firing a 79 on day one.

“Cole came back from his first day with a solid 75 even after dubbing his opening tee shot,” Larson said. “He played much better today.”

Haugen’s 154 left him tied for 13th. Aaron Johnson shot 168, Brandon Bistodeau shot a 174, Dan Hennessey a 177 and Kagan Foster finished with a 183 after bouncing back from a 99 on day one with an 84 on Wednesday.

“The competition gets pretty tough at this level,” Larson said. “A bright spot was sophomore Kagan Foster, whose nerves caused problems on day one but did not on day two.”

Bigger will now turn his attention to the state meet that runs June 10-11 at Bunker Hills.

SECTION 8AAA TOURNAMENT

TWO-DAY TEAM SCORES (Top six make cut) – Buffalo – 299, 300 – 599; Willmar – 305, 303 – 608; Moorhead – 306, 303 – 609; Brainerd – 309, 301 – 610; Sartell – 305, 313 – 618; Alexandria – 312, 324 – 636

ALEXANDRIA – Bigger – 73, 77 – 150; Haugen – 79, 75 – 154; Johnson – 80, 88 – 168; Bistodeau – 80, 94 – 174; Hennessey – 87, 90 – 177; Foster – 99, 84 – 183

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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