Alexandria wins in Willmar despite harsh conditions
Alexandria edged out Brainerd by 11 strokes on Monday to take first in a field of CLC and section opponents.
Thunderstorms delayed the trip to Willmar, but that didn't stop Alexandria from beating its Central Lakes Conference and section rivals.
"We got a little bit of a late start on our way to Willmar," Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. "We ran into hail that covered the road twice. Upon arriving, we had to wait 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning. All of the players hopped out and headed to their starting holes."
Despite not getting a warm up, Alexandria took first with a team score of 324. Cora Larson and Hannah Boraas tied for first with a low score of 78.
"Hannah and Cora had to start on a Par-3, which isn't desirable for most golfers," Zupfer said. "Each started with a bogey on that hole, but they were able to settle into their rounds. Cora had a steady scorecard with six bogeys and 12 pars. Hannah stumbled with a couple of double bogeys but finished one-over on the last 11 holes."
Lauren Rebrovich took fourth (82), and Aisling O'Connor finished 10th (86).
"Lauren made a very good par on her first hole but tumbled on her next three," Zupfer said. "She held things together and was able to shoot a very respectable 82. Aisling had a rough start but managed to hold it together. She had two nice pars on two tough-finishing holes. Her 41 on the back nine was very solid."
Rachel Bowen (104) and Isabella Hagen (116) rounded out the top six for the Cardinals.
"Rachel played in her first varsity meet," Zupfer said. Her back nine included back-to-back birdies. She led the team in birdies today."
1st- Alexandria 324, 2nd- Brainerd 335, 3rd- Fergus Falls 388, 4th- Sartell-St. Stephen 389, 5th- Willmar 417, 6th- St. Cloud Tech-Apollo 426, 7th- Bemidji 434, 8th- Rocori 478