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Cardinal girls golf finishes first at pre-sections

The Alexandria boys’ golf team overcame cold rain and steady wind on Friday to win a pre-section meet at the GreyStone Golf Course in Sauk Centre.

The Cardinals combined to shoot a team score of 329, edging out second-place Willmar by only one stroke. Head coach Rick Larson was pleased to see the Cardinals fight through some poor conditions to grab the lowest score.

“It was more of a battle of who could withstand the conditions,” Larson said. “One thing the Cards usually do well is mentally prepare for bad weather conditions. They did a great job grinding it out.”

Lukas Bigger and Dan Hennessey both shot scores of 81 to tie for seventh overall. Bigger had an up and down round of golf that included three double bogeys, a triple bogey and five birdies. Hennessey was able to play a more consistent round with only one double bogey.

Grant Zwilling finished third on the team with a score of 83 and Cole Haugen rounded out the top four with a score of 84. Aaron Johnson shot an 86 as he continues to work on golfing with a brace on his knee and Will Odland carded a 93. Larson said the freshman Odland may have struggled after seeing the GreyStone course for the first time.

“Will Odland, who has played very well as a freshman since cracking the starting lineup, maybe had the jitters playing this course for the first time,” Larson said. “After talking to him I know he gained valuable knowledge on how to play a links style course, and I do believe he will play much better down the road.”


TEAM – 1. Alexandria, 329; 2. Willmar, 330; 3. Buffalo, 332; 4. Brainerd, 336; 5. St. Cloud Tech, 337; T6. Bemidji, 338; T6. Big Lake, 338; 8. Moorhead, 340; 9. Sauk Rapids, 358; 10. Monticello, 364; 11. Sartell, 365; 12. Apollo, 395

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – Lukas Bigger – 81; Dan Hennessey – 81; Grant Zwilling – 83; Cole Haugen – 84; Aaron Johnson – 86; Will Odland - 93

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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