Girls golf: Alexandria battles through weather delay to breeze through its season opener
Freshman Rachel Bowen ties a career-best in helping the Cardinals win in Becker.
BECKER — The Alexandria girls golf team was determined to get in its season opener on Tuesday afternoon in Becker, so the Cardinals put their heads down in some less than ideal weather conditions and simply ran away with a win.
Alexandria shot a 329. That was well in front of second-place Hutchinson at 360 and third-place Detroit Lakes at 369.
“This was just our second official day outdoors,” Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. “It was our first time on the golf course as a team this season. With the forecast ahead, we are uncertain when we will get outside and on a golf course again.”
The 11-team invite started with a drizzle before golfers played almost three hours in what Zupfer called decent playing conditions. That’s when lightning struck and brought the players off the course for a 45-minute delay.
“The players were able to restart the meet in good playing conditions,” Zupfer said. “The wind really picked up the last 45 minutes, but we managed to complete the meet.”
Junior Hannah Boraas led the charge as she shot a 79 to take second overall. Her round consisted of a 39 on the front and a 40 on the back.
“Hannah had a solid round of golf, with 11 pars and 7 bogeys,” Zupfer said. “She was a little frustrated with her putting, as she managed to hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation. She finished just one shot out of first place to McKenna Mallow of Detroit Lakes, who recorded a medalist score of 78.”
Senior Cora Larson was also frustrated a bit with her putting, Zupfer said, but she fought through it to shoot an 80 (38, 42) to finish third.
“She had a round that included 1 birdie, 10 pars, 5 bogeys, and 2 double bogeys,” Zupfer said. “She did finish her last six holes in even par and managed to hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation.”
Aisling O’Connor finished her round strong around battling her irons throughout the round where she hit 6 of 18 greens in regulation. She shot an 84 (40, 44) to finish fifth, while freshman Rachel Bowen was right behind her in sixth place with an 86 (43, 43) to round out the scoring.
“Rachel tied her personal-best score in varsity competition,” Zupfer said. “She relied on a good short game and had the fewest putts for the team with 31. Her round included 1 birdie and 7 pars.”
Senior Lauren Rebrovich shot better on the back nine with a 44 after carding a 48 on the front for her 92 (t-12th). Ellie Sticha rounded out the lineup in 23rd place with a 97 (46, 51).
“(Lauren) is adjusting to new clubs and some swing changes,” Zupfer said. “Good news is that she was hitting some shots too far. She did adapt better to her distances, as her round progressed. Her short game also improved later in the round.
“Ellie had a nice start to her round, but had a few holes with some large numbers. For the most part, her ball-striking was pretty good, but a few misplayed shots cost her some penalty shots. She, like her teammates, is hoping to have an opportunity to work on her short game as soon as possible.”
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TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 329; Hutchinson - 360; Detroit Lakes - 369; St. Michael-Albertville - 376; Minnewaska-BBE - 378; Becker - 383; Pierz - 416; BOLD - 417; Monticello - 424; St. Francis - 463; Heritage Christian Academy - 507