Card girls' golf: Alexandria secondThe Cardinal girls still hold the lead in the Central Lakes Conference race
A strong second nine pushed St. Cloud Tech past Alexandria in Central Lakes Conference girls’ golf action Monday at Sartell, leaving the Cardinals with a 2.5 point lead over the Tigers in the CLC standings with three meets remaining.
“We had better scores than Tech did on the front nine, but Tech played their best golf on the back nine, and that is where we played our worst,” said Cardinal head coach Tim Zupfer.
“I am not sure that I can find a reason for that happening, because some of our players started on the front and some on the back. We do need to find a little better consistency so that we can post even scores on both nines.”
Alexandria trailed St. Cloud Tech by 11 strokes in the meet.
“Scoring conditions were tough as the course was wet and the wind was blowing a steady 20-25 mph,” said the coach. “We had nice scoring balance for the meet, but Tech managed a great 1-2 finish from their two senior golfers with scores of 81 and 83.
“These are two scores we can normally match, but that did not happen for us today.”
Emily Thul led the Redbird girls with a sixth place finish, carding rounds of 42-45 for an 87.
Amanda Bigger shot 47-47 – 89 and Brynn Novotny finished 46-43 – 89, tying the two for ninth place. Natalie Amundson tallied 45-45 – 90, Caroline Roers came in with 44-49 – 93 and Shelby Iverson finished 45-52 – 97.
“Emily played quite well, but was frustrated with a finish with three 6s on her last three holes,” said Zupfer. “She finished in the top 10 for the first time this season, and proved to herself that she can play with the best players in the conference.
“Amanda and Caroline both had very inconsistent rounds. Each of them shot good scores on the front nine, but much higher scores on the back nine.
“Natalie and Brynn struggled to get things going,” noted their coach. “They did not have any disastrous holes in their rounds, but just found themselves on what we call the “bogey train.” Neither of them was able to string any pars together.
“Shelby was disappointed as her second nine holes was over 50,” he said. “She played really well on the front nine, shooting 45.”
CLC GIRLS’ GOLF AT SARTELL
TEAM SCORES – St. Cloud Tech 344, Alexandria 355, St. Cloud Apollo 359, Rocori 369, Brainerd 386, Fergus Falls 402, Willmar 413, Sartell 424, Sauk Rapids 553.
MEDALIST – Meagan Larkin, SCT, 81.