The Alexandria girls' golf team will head back to the Minnesota Class AAA state tournament after winning the section tournament on Tuesday with a two-day score of 686.
The Cardinals and St. Cloud Tech were tied at 341 after day one before Alexandria outlasted the Tigers by seven strokes in the final round. Emily Thul was a big part of that as the sophomore shot an 83 on day two, including a 38 on the back nine, to lead all Alexandria scorers on Tuesday.
Thul finished in seventh place overall and Natalie Amundson led the Cardinals with a two-day score of 167. She finished third overall after firing an 83 on Monday and an 84 on Tuesday. Amanda Bigger finished ninth (81, 92, 173), Caroline Roers 14th (94, 86, 180), Brynn Novotny 15th (88, 93, 181) and Shelby Iverson 24th (102, 98, 200).
"Our depth was a key factor," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "We used scores from five different players. In fact, our fourth and fifth players from day one were our first and third scores used on day two."
The Alexandria boys couldn't overcome a red hot Moorhead team as the Cardinals finished second at the section meet with a 609. The Spuds set a new section record with a 581 after shooting a 283 in the second round.
Alexandria's Nick Brundell will be the Cardinals' lone representative at the state tournament after qualifying individually with a third-place finish. The junior backed up a 74 on day one with a 73 on Tuesday for a 147.
Senior Austin McCulloch finished as the second lowest scorer for Alexandria with a 153 after shooting a 73 on Tuesday. Lukas Bigger shot 156 (76, 80), Kyle Blank 157 (83, 74), Brady Hafdal 159 (79, 80) and Nic Hanson carded a 166 (81, 85).
The boys' and girls' Class AAA state tournament will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.