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Card girls' golf: Amundson has break-out round at home invite

Eric Morken, Echo Press Freshman Natalie Amundson hit off the fourth tee box in the Alexandria Invite on Wednesday morning. Amundson led her team with a round of 73 to finish second individually.1 / 2
Eric Morken, Echo Press Junior Brynn Novotny lined up a putt on the second green during the Alexandria Invite on Wednesday morning.2 / 2

The Alexandria girls' golf team got a great round out of Natalie Amundson as the freshman led her team to a sixth-place finish in the 18-team field at the Alexandria Invite on Wednesday.

Golfers were greeted by great weather and then went out and played to the conditions. Sarah Burnham of Wayzata shot a 3-under 69 to take medalist honors. Right behind her was Amundson, who finished with a 1-over 73. She came into the day golfing the No. 4 spot in the lineup but played like a No. 1 to help the Cardinals to a team score of 348.

"Natalie was quite excited to play so well," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "She played very steady, as she was between 1-under and 1-over par the entire day. She had a great ball striking round, but most importantly, putted well. I believe this round will help all of our players realize that they can also play to that level."

The loaded field at the invite included last year's 2A runner-up Detroit Lakes. The Lakers won the event on Wednesday with a team score of 320 behind top-five finishes from Kate Smith (76) and Matty Tschider (79). Red Wing, last year's 2A champion, and Wayzata, the 3A champion from a year ago, each shot a 332.

Perennial power Minnewaska rounded out the top four with a 337 behind Alex Guggisberg's 79. The Osakis girls also competed in the tournament, finishing 12th with a team score of 396.

The Cardinals' first-team score was a season low for Alexandria. Brynn Novotny finished 20th overall with an 86. Amanda Bigger shot an 89 and Caroline Roers rounded out the scoring with a 100.

Bigger got off to a tough start with a 49 on the front before recovering with a 40 on the back. Novotny's round went the other way as she carded a 41 on the front before shooting a 45 on the back.

"Caroline had a tough day," Zupfer said. "She just seemed to find herself in trouble at times and struggled to score from 75 yards and in. Three tough holes really hurt her score."

Alexandria also fielded a second team of young golfers that finished 16th with a team score of 466. Sophomore Allison Schwartz led that group, which included four freshmen, with a round of 110.

"The weather was fantastic and the players responded with some very good scores," Zupfer said. "A number of the top-rated teams in state participated, which provided some excellent competition."


TEAM SCORES - 1. Detroit Lakes - 320; 2. Red Wing - 332; 3. Wayzata - 332; 4. Minnewaska - 337; 5. St. Cloud Apollo - 340; 6. Alexandria Black - 348; 7. St. Cloud Tech - 349; 8. Chanhassen - 351; 9. Rocori - 360; 10. Moorhead - 386; 11. Fergus Falls - 387; 12. Osakis - 396; 13. Albany - 406; 14. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 410; 15. Sartell - 410; 16. Alexandria Red - 466; 17. Sauk Rapids - 525; 18. Melrose - 527

TOP SCORES - Sarah Burnham (Wayzata) - 69; Natalie Amundson (Alex) - 73; Brenna Lervick (Chanhassen) - 75; Kate Smith (DL) - 76; Matty Tschider (DL) - 79; Alexis Guggisberg (Minnewaska) - 79

ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Amundson - second, 73; Novotny - 20th, 86; Bigger - 32nd, 89; Roers - 54th, 100; Shelby Iverson - 66th, 107; Schwartz - 72nd, 110; Madi Houska - 77th, 111; Brooke Swanson - 86th, 118; Emma Pederson - 89th, 119; Kalley Bistodeau - 89th, 119; Sadee Kirckof - 94th, 127

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Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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