Card girls' golf: Bigger medals as Alexandria wins CLC opener
In their first action of the season Monday, the Cardinal girls’ golf team had to battle cool and windy conditions as well as some tough Central Lakes Conference opponents, and were successful at both as Alexandria edged out both St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech for first place.
“The conditions were cool (40 degrees with a 10-15 mile per hour wind) at the start,” said head coach Tim Zupfer. “Later in the afternoon, the wind died down and I think the temperature tried to climb to a balmy 45 degrees.
“Fortunately, all players were well prepared with proper clothing to handle the conditions. After all, this is spring golf in Minnesota.
“I felt like we handled the weather conditions well,” Zupfer said. “We made a few mistakes managing the golf course, our short games – especially putting – have room for improvement. It will be a real tight CLC race with familiar foes battling each other the entire spring. It is nice to start with a victory!”
The Cards picked up individual medalist honors, too, as sophomore Amanda Bigger shot rounds of 40 and 44 to tie with Jenny Muesing of Brainerd at 84 for the top spot.
“Amanda had a nice round and was excited to be the meet medalist,” said her coach. “She had a few too many putts, or her score could have been lower. She felt the strength of her game today was her iron play.”
Brynn Novotny, a junior, wasn’t far behind Bigger, posting scores of 44-46 for a final 90 and sixth place.
Natalie Amundson, a freshman, was 14th with rounds of 43-50 – 93, sophomore Emily Thul was 17th with 42-52 – 94, senior Caroline Roers posted 49-54 – 103 for 23rd and junior Madison Houska had 51-62 – 113 for 35th.
“Brynn was very happy with her long game, but she felt she could have managed the course a little better, and needs to improve her short game,” Zupfer said. “Caroline pretty much struggled much of the afternoon, but is determined to have her game ready when we tee it up again next week.
“Natalie and Emily had solid rounds, but were both disappointed as they have set higher expectations for themselves. A tough start and finish hurt Emily. Natalie played a very nine second nine holes, shooting 43.
“Madi was playing in her first varsity meet as a Cardinal,” he added. “She had a very tough first nine holes, but played much better her second nine.”
The Cardinals don’t play again until Wednesday when they will host the Alexandria Invitational at the Alexandria Golf Club beginning at 9:30 a.m.
CENTRAL LAKES CONFERENCE GIRLS’ GOLF AT WAPICADA
TEAM SCORES – 1. Alexandria 361, 2. St. Cloud Apollo 363 and St. Cloud Tech 363, 4. Rocori 380, 5. Brainerd 385, 6. Willmar 397, 7. Fergus Falls 429, 8. Sartell 438, 9. Sauk Rapids-Rice 531.
MEDALIST – Amanda Bigger, Alex, and Jenny Muesing, Brd, both 84.
ALEXANDRIA SCORES – Bigger 84, Brynn Novotny 90, Natalie Amundson 93, Emily Thul 94, Caroline Roers 103, Madison Houska 113.