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Alex girls golf wins back-to-back meets

Alexandria’s Bridget Amundson watches her ball after an iron shot at the Geneva Invite on May 3. Amundson shot a 93 at pre-section to help the Cardinals to a first-place finish. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

A strong spring for the Alexandria girls’ golf team has continued with two more first place finishes in back-to-back meets on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday the Cardinals took first place among 12 Section 8AAA teams in the pre-section meet at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre. The Cardinals, which were ranked third among Class AAA teams in the most recent coaches association poll, scored a total of 348 to beat fourth-ranked Buffalo by seven strokes.

On Saturday, Alexandria golfed in an 11-team invitational at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples. The Cardinals won the meet by eight strokes and finished with a team score of 343.

Amanda Bigger led the Cardinals individually with two first place finishes of her own in the meets.

With some absences in the lineup on both days, head coach Tim Zupfer was happy to see the team still manage to finish in first.

“The most significant thing about the week was that we won four meets with four different lineups,” Zupfer said. “This is a clear credit to the talent we have throughout our program.”

On Friday, Bigger and Natalie Amundson finished first and second overall. Bigger shot a 77 and Natalie Amundson carded an 80. Rounding out the top four for the Cardinals were Bridget Amundson with a score of 93 and Kalley Bistodeau with a 98.

Bigger led the Cardinals the next day in Staples by shooting a score of 76. Emily Thul finished next in fourth place overall and a score of 83.

Schwartz finished third on the team and seventh overall with a score of 87 and Lauren Stockmoe rounded out the top four for Alexandria with a score of 97.


8AAA Pre-sections

TEAM – 1. Alexandria, 348; 2. Buffalo, 355; 3. Bemidji, 380; 4. Moorhead, 388; 5. St. Cloud Tech, 399; 6. Monticello, 403; 7. St. Cloud Apollo, 419; 8. Sartell, 427; 9. Willmar, 432; 10. Brainerd, 442; 11. Big Lake, 464; 12. Sauk Rapids-Rice, Inc.

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – 1. Amanda Bigger, 77; 2. Natalie Amundson, 80; 13. Bridget Amundson, 93; 18. Kalley Bistodeau, 98; 20. Allison Schwartz, 100; 56. Elise Stockmoe, 123

TEAM – 1. Alexandria, 343; 2. Staples-Motley, 351; 2. Bemidji, 351; 4. Wadena-Deer Creek, 384; 5. Moorhead, 388; 6. Park Rapids, 402; 7. Elk River, 406; 8. Princeton, 458; 9. Park Center, 486; 10. Crosby-Ironton, 496; 11. Albany, Inc.

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – 1. Amanda Bigger, 76; 4. Emily Thul, 83; 7. Allison Schwartz, 87; 18. Lauren Stockmoe, 97; 25. Macyn Hagen, 102; 34. Elise Stockmoe, 108

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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