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Searching for consistency

Senior Brandon Bistodeau watches his tee shot off the 17th tee box at the Alexandria Golf Course on Monday afternoon. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys’ golf team battled through some blustery conditions Monday at the Alexandria Golf Club, taking fourth place in the home invitational with a score of 329.

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Fergus Falls finished in first place as a team with a score of 315, followed by St. Cloud Tech in second at 323 and Owatonna in third at 327. The Alexandria Red team finished in seventh place with a score of 341.

Head coach Rick Larson was hoping the Cardinals would finish higher than fourth place on its home golf course.

“When you’re playing on your home course, it’s a course you’ve been playing all spring, and some of these kids for years and years, you expect them to play the course a little better,” Larson said. “They just didn’t play it as well as they can.”

Kagan Foster shot the best score individually on the Alexandria Red team with a score of 80. Cole Haugen and Aaron Johnson both led the Alexandria Black team with scores of 81. Brandon Bistodeau shot an 83 and Lukas Bigger rounded out the top four scores for the Alexandria Black team with a score of 84.

Both Haugen and Johnson said the team’s rounds could have been better after the meet was finished Monday afternoon.

“Definitely it could have been better on our home course,” Haugen said. “It was windy, but still, no excuse.”

The wind was strong and the course a little damp after thunderstorms moved through the Alexandria area on Monday morning. The players said the windy and damp conditions did not help.

“Overall it could have been better,” Johnson said. “A couple bad holes, but it’s going to happen with the wind.”

With the section tournament coming up next Tuesday, the Cardinals do not have much longer to fine tune their games. One opportunity will be in the Central Lakes Conference tournament on Thursday at AGC.

“We’ve only got one week to get ready for the section, and we’ve got to get together here pretty quick if we think we have a shot at that,” Larson said. “And I think we do. If we play up to our abilities, I think we do.”

The players agree that they have enough talent to make a run at a state tournament berth. The Cardinals hope they will be able to play with more consistency in the conference and section tournaments.

“It’s kind of up and down (this season),” Haugen said. “Hopefully we get it all together by sections and can figure our stuff out because I think we have a team to go to state, but not if we’re playing like this.”


TEAM – 1. Fergus Falls, 315; 2. St. Cloud Tech, 323; 3. Owatonna, 327; 4. Alexandria Black, 329; T5. Sartell; 331; T5. Minnewaska; 7. Alexandria Red, 341; 8. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 349; 9. ROCORI, 373

ALEXANDRIA – Lukas Bigger – 84; Cole Haugen – 81; Dan Hennessey – 96; Brandon Bistodeau – 83; Aaron Johnson – 81; Grant Zwilling – 92; Kagan Foster – 80; Ryan Marciniak – 87; Will Odland – 87; Jared Lind – 87; Sam Jensen – 89; Devin Brundell - 92

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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