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Carlson leads girls to first

Echo Press photo by Eric Morken Maxine Carlson had a personal best score Saturday as she carded a 78, earning her medalist honors during the Geneva Invitational.

The Alexandria girls' golf team used strong days from its top three golfers to post its lowest team score of the year in a winning effort at the Geneva Invitational on Saturday.

Maxine Carlson shot a personal best in high school competition with her round of 78. That was good for medalist honors as she led the Cardinals to a 351, 23 shots in front of second place Elk River.

St. Cloud Tech and Elk River were the only two visiting schools able to attend the meet. The Elks shot a score of 374, while the Tigers came in with a 393.

"We were a little disappointed that more teams could not attend," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "However, Elk River and St. Cloud Tech are good golf teams and both provided us with good competition."

The Cardinals had the top three finishers in the meet. Maggie Leland finished right behind Carlson in second place with a 79. Beckah Ripley finished third with an 84, while Caroline Roers rounded out the top four scorers with a 110.

"I was waiting for our top three players to all post a good score on the same day," Zupfer said. "They certainly did so today. Maxine had a breakthrough round, and I hope this gives her the confidence over the next month of the season. Beckah had a tough start her first four holes, but after that, played the remaining 14 holes in about five of six over par.

"Maggie had her best ball striking round of the season but was disappointed with her putting. Caroline had a tough day but managed to play well the last five to six holes. We can always count on her to hang in there and play hard for 18 holes."


TEAM SCORES - 1. Alexandria Black - 351; 2. Elk River - 374; 3. St. Cloud Tech - 393; 4. Alexandria Red - 531

ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Maxine Carlson - first place, 78; Maggie Leland - second place, 79; Beckah Ripley - third place, 84; Caroline Roers - 14th place, 110; Kayla Helberg - 16th place, 119; Stephanie Kaiser - 18th place, 123; Madison Trinka - 128; Dana Reis - 132; Kayla Wacholz - 132; Kelly Nellermoe - 139; Ellen Halvorson - 149