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Girls golf: Alexandria sets school record team score in first round of CLC championship

Five of the Cardinals' six players shot either season or personal bests as Alexandria took control of the 36-hole conference-championship tournament by shooting a 291 in Fergus Falls.

Ellie Sticha
Alexandria's Ellie Sticha rolls a putt toward the cup during a home meet on April 27, 2022. Sticha, an 8th-grader, was a late addition to the lineup and then shot a personal-best round of 82 in the first round of the Central Lakes Conference championship on May 16, 2022 in Fergus Falls.
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FERGUS FALLS — The Alexandria girls golf team set a new school record for a team score on Monday in Fergus Falls and went a long way toward securing a Central Lakes Conference championship in the process.

The Cardinals, who tied a school record with a 303 in winning the Class AAA state title in 2021, took advantage of ideal weather conditions on Monday by shooting a 291. They needed to go low as Brainerd was also good with a 311 to finish well in front of third-place Fergus Falls at 340.

All six of Alexandria’s players finished in the top 16 individually, and all four scorers were in the top five.

The Cardinals head to Willmar today, Tuesday, to play round two of the 36-hole CLC Tournament with a 20-shot lead over the Warriors.

“The girls really did a nice job of taking advantage of the holes that played short,” Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. “Many of them were able to reach some of the par 5's in two shots, and had wedges to many of the par 4's. We had a season-best 18 birdies as a team.”

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Hannah Boraas
Hannah Boraas

Junior Hannah Boraas was the catalyst as she shot a 2-under par 70 for a season-best round. Boraas shot a 34 on her back nine, while senior Cora Larson was not far behind with an even-par 72 (36, 36).

“Hannah hit 16/18 greens in regulation and recorded 6 birdies, 8 pars, and 4 bogeys,” Zupfer said. “She was very happy with her wedge play and her tee shots. Cora also hit 16/18 greens in regulation and carded 4 birdies, 10 pars, and 4 bogeys. She was also happy with her wedge play, but felt she could have putted a little better.”

Lauren Rebrovich
Lauren Rebrovich

Senior Lauren Rebrovich shot a personal-best 73 that included a 35 on her front nine. Aisling O’Connor rounded out the team scoring with a 76 (39, 35) to finish fifth. That tied a personal best for O’Connor.

“Lauren rebounded very quickly after hitting her opening tee shot out of bounds,” Zupfer said. “She carded 5 birdies, 9 pars, and 2 bogeys. She was very excited to card 5 birdies. Aisling hit 12/18 greens in regulation, which may be a season high. Her round included 3 birdies, 9 pars, and 5 bogeys. She had a team low of 31 putts for her round.”

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Ellie Sticha and Rachel Bowen shot an 82 (41, 41) and 85 (44, 41), respectively. Sticha set a new PR on short notice, while Bowen’s 85 tied her personal-best round on varsity.

“Ellie was a last-minute replacement, and arrived at the course just in time to make the 4 p.m. start,” Zupfer said. “With no warm-up, she posted her personal-best score. She hit 8/18 greens in regulation and carded 10 pars and 6 bogeys. Rachel also hit 8/18 greens in regulation and carded 7 pars and 9 bogeys. She was frustrated with how she hit her driver, but pleased with her iron play.”

It was a near-perfect start for Alexandria in its quest to win a CLC championship. The conference teams will tee it back up at Eagle Creek Golf Course on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

“The forecast calls for rain on Tuesday, so we will need to prove ourselves in some tougher playing conditions,” Zupfer said.

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CLC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

DAY-ONE TEAM SCORES -- Alexandria - 291; Brainerd - 311; Fergus Falls - 340; Willmar - 350; St. Cloud - 380; Sartell - 383; Sauk Rapids-Rice - 429; Rocori - Inc.

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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