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Alexandria girls' golf: CLC reign continues

Brynn Novotny studied the greens during the Alexandria Invite at AGC earlier thi season. Novotny shot an 88 to finish 10th individually at the final CLC meet last week. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

The reign of the Alexandria girls' golf team atop the Central Lakes Conference continued last Thursday as the Cardinals won in Willmar to wrap up their 11th CLC title in the last 12 years.

Alexandria won all four conference meets this season after shooting a 341. That was 11 shots better than Rocori. The Spartans finished second behind Alexandria in all four CLC meets to finish second in the final standings.

"It was a beautiful day for golf, but many of the players struggled to score for some reason," Cardinals head coach Tim Zupfer said. "For the most part, our team had a poor start their first few holes. Fortunately, the players held things together and played better as the day progressed. I give the players credit for staying patient and grinding things out."

Amanda Bigger once again led the way for Alexandria with an 81. That was good for third place individually.

"Amanda had a couple of tough holes back-to-back on her first nine," Zupfer said. "She did have two birdies in her round, which did help her final score."

Fellow junior Emily Thul took eighth with an 85.

"She had one very tough hole early in her round and also found herself on the proverbial 'bogey train' for a while," Zupfer said. "She is looking for a little more consistency with her iron play to hit a few more greens in regulation."

Shelby Iverson was the third scorer for Alexandria with a career-low round of 87. That was good for ninth place.

"Shelby was really excited to break 90 for the first time," Zupfer said. "She was relaxed and was pleased with her ball striking and had one of her best days with her short game."

Brynn Novotny rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals with a 10th-place finish of 88. She overcame a 48 on the front to shoot 40 on the back. Bridget Amundson finished 13th with a 90 and Natalie Amundson was 17th with a 91.

Four Cardinals golfers finished with All-CLC honors with scoring averages in the top 14 within the league. Bigger was third, Thul and Novotny tied for fourth and N. Amundson was 10th. Bridget Amundson earned honorable-mention honors by placing in the top 20 at 19th overall. Iverson just missed that mark, finishing with a scoring average that was 21st overall.

With one championship wrapped up, the Cardinals will shoot for another when they head to Long Prairie for the Section 8-3A meet June 3-4.


TEAM SCORES - Alexandria 341, Rocori 352, Tech 355, Brainerd 372, Willmar 389, Fergus Falls 393, Apollo 401, Sartell 409, Sauk Rapids 504

ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Amanda Bigger 40-41, 81 (3rd); Emily Thul 43-42, 85 (8th); Shelby Iverson 42-45, 87 (9th); Brynn Novotny 48-40, 88 (10th); Bridget Amundson 45-45, 90 (13th); Natalie Amundson 48-43, 91 (17th)

FINAL CLC STANDINGS - Alexandria 45, Rocori 40, Tech 35, Brainerd 28.5, Willmar 20, Apollo 20, Fergus Falls 18, Sartell 13.5, Sauk Rapids 5

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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