The Alexandria girls’ golf team used the top two individual scores of the tournament to win the first Geneva Girls’ Golf Invite by a 10-shot margin over Hopkins this past Saturday.
Osakis also had a great performance at the meet with a third-place team finish on the back of Brittany Niehoff who finished in fifth place with an 88. They were the only Class A team at the tournament.
Maggie Leland took medalist honors again for the Cardinals, and Jenny Robley took second as the golfers battled 25-30 mph winds toward the end of the round.
The Cardinals were without one of their best golfers in Molly Leland. The Geneva Invite was rescheduled for this past Saturday after cold weather forced the tournament to be postponed on May 3. The new date did not work for Leland who had a prior commitment for this past Saturday that she was not able to change.
Her sister Maggie helped make up for her absence by shooting a 78. A 37 on the front nine gave her some breathing room on the back as the winds picked up. She carded a 41 on the last nine and still secured first place by six strokes.
“I played really well on my first nine,” she said. “All the parts of my game came together on the front. My last five holes once again let me down. That is my biggest issue right now, to stay consistent through the whole round. It is a mental thing.”
Robley was consistent throughout her round, firing a 42 on the front and the back. She finished two shots in front of Hopkins’ Jenna Westerham for second place. Robley did it by controlling her irons and capitalizing on the greens with a solid short game.
“Overall, it was a good day,” she said.
Maxine Carlson also finished in the top 10 for Alexandria with a 90 and an eighth-place finish, while Nikki Swedberg rounded out the Cardinal scorers with a 93.
Head coach Dave Harris said he was happy with the way the team was playing after the meet. The Cardinals had the Central Lakes Conference Championship to look forward to this past Monday, but Harris was already thinking about the section tournament.
“We are coming down to the final week of the regular season with the section championship, a two-day tournament, at Long Prairie Golf Club on Memorial Day and Tuesday,” Harris said. “We need to stay focused through that meet. We are the favorites but cannot afford to let up if we want to move on to the state meet again.”
GENEVA INVITE RESULTS
TEAM SCORES – 1. Alexandria, 345; 2. Hopkins, 355; 3. Osakis, 381; 4. St. Cloud Tech, 392; 5. Elk River, 394; 6. St. Cloud Apollo, 416; 7. Rocori, 428
ALEXANDRIA SCORES – Maggie Leland – first place, 78; Jenny Robley – second place, 84; Maxine Carlson – eighth place, 90; Nikki Swedberg – 12th place, 93; Beckah Ripley – 14th place, 94; Kayla Helberg – 37th place, 130
OSAKIS SCORES – Brittany Niehoff – fifth place, 88; Britta Thornbloom – 11th place, 92; Kelsey Ross – 15th place, 94; Jackie Bowman – 30th place, 107; Sara Peterson – 31st place, 109; Katelyn Strelow – 39th place, 142