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Girls golf: Alexandria rolls at Tri-State Preview at Bunker Hills ahead of section meet

The Cardinals won by 17 strokes in a two-day event that featured 11 of the top-20 ranked teams in the state.

Aisling O'Connor
Alexandria's Aisling O'Connor watches her chip shot on hole No. 18 at Eagle Creek Golf Club during Day 2 of the Central Lakes Conference championship meet on May 17, 2022 in Willmar. O'Connor and the Cardinals went to Bunker Hill on May 20 and 21 and won the Tri-State Preview Invite by 17 strokes.
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The Alexandria girls golf team played the two-day Tri-State Preview Invitational at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Friday and Saturday, and the defending Class AAA state champs won the tournament by 17 strokes.

The Cardinals led by seven shots after day one with a team score of 320. They went two shots lower on day two to finish at 638. Eastview was second at 655, and Detroit Lakes finished third at 667. The tournament featured 11 of the top-20 ranked teams in the state.

“We had a solid two days of play, but the girls felt like they each let a few shots get away from them,” Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. “I am satisfied that we were able to post the lowest team score each day. Most of the girls putted a little better the second day than they did the first day. We posted three scores in the 70's the second day and we had three girls finish in the top 10. Section rival Detroit Lakes placed third and posted a very good team score the first day. They have our attention. With some quality practice time this week, we look to sharpen our ball-striking and short games.”

Hannah Boraas
Hannah Boraas

Alexandria junior Hannah Boraas finished second overall with a 151 (75, 76). Chanhassen’s Madi Hicks put together a 6-under par 138 to cruise to medalist honors after back-to-back 69’s.

“Hannah enjoyed two fun days of golf playing with Madi Hicks,” Zupfer said. “She also had an opportunity to play with other top golfers from Orono, Stillwater, Eastview, and Detroit Lakes. She played 36 holes with no score worse than bogey.”

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Senior Cora Larson was close behind Boraas in fifth place overall. Larson shot a 156 (77, 79) to tie for fourth with Nicole Reineke of Chaska and Caroline Monty of Stillwater. Kiely Hanson of Minnetonka finished third at 153.

Cora Larson
Cora Larson

“Cora had a very good tournament,” Zupfer said. “She did not have her best ball-striking the second day, but she was able to rely on a very good short game. She had the shaft in her driver crack early in her round, and had to finish without it. She shot a very fine even-par 36 on her front nine the second day.”

Senior Lauren Rebrovich had a good day two with a 77 after shooting 84 on day one. Her 161 tied her for ninth place, while Rachel Bowen tied for 21st with a 171 (85, 86).

“Lauren really stepped up the second day of the tournament,” Zupfer said. “She hit the ball fairly well both days. Unfortunately, she struggled with her putting on the first day. Rachel had a couple of consistent rounds of golf. She was pleased with her improved ball-striking with her driver and her success putting. She led her teammates with the lowest number of putts over the course of her two rounds.”

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Aisling O’Connor tied for 23rd with a 172 (84, 88), and Ellie Sticha shot a 193 (99, 94) to finish 63rd.

“Aisling suffered from some poor ball-striking her second day, which resulted in very few greens in regulation,” Zupfer said. “This placed some extra stress on her usually reliable short game. She will benefit from some extended practice time this coming week. Ellie also suffered from some poor ball-striking each day. She did play very well for her first 11 holes the second day, until she encountered some ball-striking issues again.”

The Tri-State Preview was the final tuneup for Alexandria ahead of the Section 8-3A Tournament. The Cardinals will try to repeat as section champions when they play at Rich Spring Golf Course in Cold Spring May 31 and June 1.

TRI-STATE PREVIEW TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 320, 318 - 638; Eastview - 327, 328 - 655; Detroit Lakes - 327, 340 - 667; Chanhassen - 341, 331 - 672; Minnetonka - 345, 327 - 672; Edina - 343, 337 - 680; Chaska - 353, 339 - 692; Stillwater Area - 359, 344 - 703; East Ridge - 361, 347 - 708; Benilde-St. Margaret’s - 361, 358 - 719; Lac qui Parle Valley - 370, 361 - 731; Orono - 397, 369 - 766; Northfield - 371, 397 - 768; Totino-Grace - 392, 388 - 780; Jordan - 375, 406 - 781; Lakeville North - 416, 409 - 825

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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