Girls' golf: State-ranked teams collide at AGC
The Minnewaska girls' golf team proved that even less than its best is still good enough against some of the top teams in the state this past Wednesday.
Wayzata and Red Wing joined the Lakers and the Cardinals at the Alexandria Invite as four teams ranked in the top eight of the most recent coaches association polls. Those four teams were separated by just 15 strokes, with the Lakers taking first with a team score of 341 and the Cardinals wrapping up fourth at 356.
Minnewaska defended its Alexandria Invite title against the 16-team field despite some higher than normal scores. Allie Ostrander finished first for the Lakers with an 80, good for second overall. Sarah Roering, the top ranked golfer in Class AA, shot an 86, while Alex Guggisberg and Sam Falk had rounds of 87 and 88, respectively.
Alexandria's Maggie Leland set the bar in a field loaded with some of the state's top golfers. She continued her already strong senior season with a 76, good for medalist honors. Maxine Carlson finished second for Alexandria with a 90, while Brynn Novotny and Lauren Johnson each shot rounds of 95 to round out the Cardinal scoring.
"The girls were disappointed after their rounds," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "They felt like they gave too many shots away. I was proud that we regrouped and played the back nine 16 shots better as a team than the front nine."
Mother Nature did not make things easy on the girls. Increasingly high winds made a challenging course play even tougher as the day went on.
"The course played very tough, with quick greens and very strong winds," Zupfer said. "It took us awhile to accept the conditions and handle our emotions. I also think the girls placed extra pressure on themselves, playing at home and wanting to beat three ranked teams. We proved to ourselves today that we can play with these teams. We look forward to next Monday and Tuesday as we get back to conference play."
Just five shots separated second-place Wayzata and the Cardinals at fourth place. Red Wing was in between there with a 355. Central Lakes Conference opponents St. Cloud Apollo and Tech finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Alexandria will be back in CLC play on Monday. The Cardinals travel to Sartell for a conference invite before going on the road again on Tuesday to play at the Wapicada Golf Course, hosted by St. Cloud Tech.
ALEXANDRIA INVITE RESULTS
TEAM RESULTS - 1. Minnewaska - 341; 2. Wayzata - 351; 3. Red Wing - 355; 4. Alexandria - 356; 5. St. Cloud Apollo - 374; 6. St. Cloud Tech - 385; 7. Sartell - 398; 8. Rocori - 404; 9. Holy Family Catholic - 407; 10. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 407; 11. Albany - 418; 12. Melrose Area - 425; 13. Alexandria Red - 439; 14. Moorhead - 441; 15. Fergus Falls - 447; 16. Sauk Rapids-Rice - 467
ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Maggie Leland - first place, 76; Maxine Carlson - 13th place, 90; Brynn Novotny - 23rd, 95; Lauren Johnson - 23rd, 95; Caroline Roers - 33rd, 97; Amanda Bigger - 38th place, 98; Hailey Haugen - 45th, 100; Anne Schneiderhan - 62nd, 111; Emily Thul - 63rd, 112; Hadley Klepper - 74th, 116; Stephanie Drown - 76th, 117; Allison Lundsetter - 83rd, 122; Lauren Engebretson - 93rd, 134
MINNEWASKA SCORES - Alli Ostrander - second place, 80; Sarah Roering - fifth place, 86; Alex Guggisberg - 87; Sam Falk - 88; Ellen Stensrud - 90; Brianna Janu - 91
STATE-RANKED ON THE GREEN
Minnewaska is the No. 1 ranked girls' golf team in the state with all classes combined
Alexandria's Maggie Leland is ranked No. 3 individually in Class AAA
Minnewaska's Sarah Roering is ranked No. 1 in the Class AA polls, while Allie Ostrander is No. 2 and Brianna Janu is No. 7