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Alexandria second at AGC

Alexandria’s Emily Thul watches her ball off the tee on Alexandria Golf Club’s 13th hole. Thul finished fifth in the meet with a score of 86. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Although the Alexandria girls’ golf team did not have one of its best days at the Alexandria Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon, the team’s overall feelings from the meet were still positive.

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Among the seven schools the Cardinals hosted at the Alexandria Golf Club was Class AAA’s top ranked team in Wayzata. The Trojans took first in the meet with a score of 332, followed by Alexandria in second at 347, Minnewaska third at 379 and Osakis in fourth at 380.

This 15 shot margin has given the Cardinals hope that crisper rounds later in the season would help close the gap.

“By no means did we play our best golf today,” head coach Tim Zupfer said. “I believe after playing head-to-head with Wayzata today, we walked away knowing that we are capable of competing with the best teams in the state.”

Wayzata’s Sarah Burnham took first place with a score of 73, followed by Amanda Bigger with a score of 78. Although she finished in second, Bigger felt a few more greens in regulation would have helped shave some shots off the scorecard.

“I hit one green on the front, so that was kind of a downer, and couldn’t get up and down a few times,” Bigger said. “The back went better, still a few shots I could have improved. I missed a couple of putts, but my score looks fine.”

Other Cardinals who finished in the top 10 were Emily Thul in fifth place with a score of 86 and Natalie Amundson in sixth with a score of 88.

Osakis’ Annalise Savageau tied for seventh place with a score of 89.

Amundson was another Alexandria golfer who felt she was not fully on her game at AGC Wednesday.

“I struggled hitting the ball with my approach shots,” Amundson said. “I hit my driver well but I just couldn’t get on the green in regulation, which is half the battle. I was putting all right, but I had a lot of close putts that didn’t go in.”

Allison Schwartz and Lauren Stockmoe both shot scores of 95 to round out the Alexandria top four.

Some of the Silverstreaks golfers also felt they did not play their best games at AGC, but their team still finished just one stroke behind Minnewaska. Alayna Eldred finished second among Osakis golfers with a score of 90, followed by Peyton Garcia with a 96 and Ariel Chalmers at 105.

Eldred said her round was a steadily mediocre one at AGC on Wednesday.

“I was pretty consistent with straight bogeys, then I would get a par, then I’d get a double bogey,” Eldred said. “I would come back from that, but I just I wasn’t on today.”

One golfer who felt pretty good about her round was Garcia, minus a few mistakes.

“I was playing pretty well except for just random things I would get stuck in,” Garcia said. “I just have got to figure out how to work past that and not get bad scores on my card.”


TEAM – 1. Wayzata, 332 2. Alexandria Black, 347; 3. Minnewaska, 379; 4. Osakis, 380; 5. Sartell, 394; 6. Albany, 404; 7. Alexandria Red, 415; 8. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 556

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – Amanda Bigger – 41, 37 – 78; Emily Thul – 47, 39 – 86; Natalie Amundson – 43, 45 – 88; Allison Schwartz – 50, 45 – 95; Laruen Stockmoe – 48, 47 – 95; Bridget Amundson – 53, 49 – 102; Elise Stockmoe – 52, 50 – 102; Kalley Bistodeau – 51, 54 – 105; Macyn Hagen – 54, 51 – 105; Alexis Kokett – 59, 54 – 113; Chelsea Drown – 60, 59 – 119

OSAKIS INDIVIDUALS – Annalise Savageau – 46, 43 – 89; Alayna Eldred – 45, 45 – 90; Peyton Garcia – 45, 51 – 96; Ariel Chalmers – 55, 50 – 105; Emily Backes – 55, 51 – 106; Katelyn Foster – 50, 56 – 106

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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