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Cardinal boys golf takes 21st against loaded field at Edinburgh GC

Although the Alexandria boys’ golf team did not get the results it had hoped for this weekend in an invitational at the Edinburgh USA Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, they were still happy to finally play some golf.

The invitational was the first for the team after several meets had been canceled, along with one in Brainerd on April 23 that was stopped after eight holes by rain and sleet. Alexandria’s golfers teamed up to shoot 354 on Friday and 342 on Saturday for a total score of 696.

Although they finished 21st out of 24 teams at Edinburgh, the Cardinals still felt they hit some positives in the meet.

Head coach Rick Larson said the team’s captains played well minus a few holes with some mistakes.

“Captains Lukas Bigger and Cole Haugen each had what we call a ‘disaster hole’ or two during the meet,” Larson said. “They might be playing well, and all of a sudden a big number sneaks onto their card.”

Bigger shot an 87 on Friday and followed that with an 84. Haugen shot an 89 on day one and an 85 on day two.

Sophomore Grant Zwilling tied with Bigger for the best score on Friday. He shot an 87 on day one and followed that with an 89 on day two.

“He tied our best score on day one, which was very good in such tough competition,” Larson said.

Aaron Johnson rounded out the scoring among Alexandria golfers who played both days. He shot a 91 on the first day and followed that with a 92. Larson hopes to see Johnson’s golf game improve as he recovers from an injury.

“Johnson, getting used to a knee brace from a basketball injury this winter, just seemed to be at odds both days,” Larson said. “His swing is going to have to change some as he adjusts to golfing with the brace.”

Larson said Jared Lind’s nerves may have been a factor with the meet being his first ever on varsity. Lind shot a 95 on Friday. Ryan Marciniak was slotted into the lineup on Saturday and tied for the team’s best score with an 84.

“He was also seeing his first varsity action and posted a score of 84, which happened to be our best score of the weekend,” Larson said. “Ryan played a steady front and back nine, and again gained much experience for future play.”

Weather was not kind to the Cardinals again on Monday as a scheduled invitational hosted by St. Cloud Apollo was canceled. The next meet on the schedule is a Central Lakes Conference competition on Thursday at Fergus Falls.


TEAM RESULTS – 1. Wayzata – 626; 2. Lakeville North – 629; 3. Edina – 630; 4. Eden Prairie – 636; 5. Lakeville South – 637; 6. White Bear Lake – 640; 7. Rochester Century – 646; 8. Hastings – 651; 9. River Falls – 652; T10. Benilde-St. Margaret’s – 656; T10. Moorhead – 656; 12. Holy Family – 658; 13. Stillwater – 660; 14. Hopkins – 661; 15. Detroit Lakes – 662; 16. Smiley – 665; 17. Providence – 666; 18. Forest Lake – 669; 18. Forest Lake – 669; 19. Minnetonka – 685; 20. Owatonna – 690; 21. Alexandria – 696; 22. Chanhassen – 698; 23. Bloomington Jefferson – 702; 24. Rogers – 742

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – Lukas Bigger – 87-84 – 171; Cole Haugen – 89-85 – 174; Grant Zwilling – 87-89 – 176; Aaron Johnson – 91-92 – 183; Ryan Marciniak – 84 (day 2); Jared Lind – 95 (day 1)

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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