Minnesota springs can throw a lot of different weather situations at golfers, and the Alexandria girls battled through the ups and downs of that to win a third straight Central Lakes Conference meet on May 3.
After winning at the Geneva Golf Club on May 1 in nearly 80 degrees, the Cardinals went to Brainerd on Monday and played in 20-mile-per hour winds and 50 degrees. They shot a 309 to hold off host Brainerd by six strokes. Sartell was a distant third with a 359.
“It took us a few swings on the range with an extra layer of clothing on to find our groove,” head coach Tim Zupfer said. “The team felt their ball-striking was a little off. However, we are learning how to score even when we don't have our ‘A’ game.”
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Sophomore Hannah Boraas was coming off a day when she tied a school record with a 69 on May 1. She led the way in Brainerd with a 73 to finish as medalist, and junior Cora Larson was not far behind in a tie for second place with a 75.
“Hannah had an exciting round, which included five birdies and eight pars,” Zupfer said. “She hit a very solid 13-of-18 greens in regulation. Cora had two birdies and 13 pars and managed to hit 12-of-18 greens in regulation.”
Lauren Rebrovich shot an 80 to finish fifth, and Aisling O’Connor rounded out the team scorers with an 81, good for a tie for sixth.
“Lauren had a very strong finish, firing a 1-over par 37 on the front nine (her second nine),” Zupfer said. “She had two birdies and 8 pars. Aisling had a steady round of nine pars and nine bogeys. She was hoping her short game could have been a little stronger.”
Seventh-grader Ellie Sticha was 19th individually with a 97, and Isabella Hagen finished the lineup with a 103 for 25th place, which included a 48 on the front nine.
“Ellie carded a birdie and three pars for her round,” Zupfer said. “She is consistently shooting in the 90's and feels like she can go lower if her short game continues to improve. Isabella had a rough start, but midway through her round started to find her game. She added a birdie to give the team a season high of 10 for the day.”
The Cardinals have a couple days off now before going to Fergus Falls for another CLC meet on May 6.
BRAINERD CLC MEET
TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 309; Brainerd - 315; Sartell - 359; Willmar - 391; Bemidji - 400; St. Cloud Apollo-Tech - 409; Rocori - 444