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Girls golf: Cardinals wrap up CLC title in St. Cloud

Ciara O'Connor

Tuesday was not an ideal day for golf with heavy winds greeting the Central Lakes Conference girls teams that met up in St. Cloud for the final league meet of the season.

The Cardinals withstood the weather and got their round in before the rains came. In the process, they secured an eighth straight CLC championship by getting another win.

This time it came with a team score of 344 as Brainerd finished second at 355. The Cardinals won five of the six conference meets this season to finish four points up in the final standings.  

“It was a tough day to play, and our players handled things the best,” Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. “With the wind gusting, it was difficult to judge. The greens were a challenge to putt, but we let quite a few shots get away. We typically putt much better. I think we let one 3-putt green affect others. It was important to position yourself in proper positions on the green, especially when chipping, and we were not always successful.”

Ciara O’Connor managed the conditions better than anyone as she shot an 83 to tie for first individually. She had nines of 38 and 45.

“In her defense, the wind did start blowing harder when she played the back nine,” Zupfer said. “She had a team-low 34 putts for her round. She hit 7-of-18 greens in regulation, with one birdie and seven pars.”

Hannah Boraas hit 9-of-18 greens in regulation and finished fourth overall with an 86. She was the overall conference medalist this season, while Ciara O’Connor was third, Lauren Rebrovich fourth and Aisling O’Connor and Cora Larson both tied for sixth in the league standings.

Larson shot an 87 on Tuesday to finish fifth overall. Aisling O’Connor was sixth with an 88, while Rebrovich shot a 97 and Isabella Hagen a 117 to finish off the lineup.

With the conference championship secured, the Cardinals will now turn their focus to the Section 8AAA meet that will be played over two days at the Rich Spring Golf Course May 28 and 29.

“We will work towards consistent ball-striking and really fine tuning our short games,” Zupfer said. “Rich Springs is a golf course we know well and one we are confident we can play well.”

ST. CLOUD CLC MEET

TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 344; Brainerd - 355; Willmar - 366; Sartell - 376; Fergus Falls - 401; Rocori - 421; St. Cloud Apollo/Tech - 435; Sauk Rapids-Rice - Inc.

ALEXANDRIA - Ciara O’Connor - t-first, 38, 45 - 83; Hannah Boraas - fourth, 42, 44 - 86; Cora Larson - fifth, 43, 44 - 87; Aisling O’Connor - sixth, 42, 46 - 88; Lauren Rebrovich - 45, 52 - 97; Isabella Hagen - 60, 57 - 117

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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