Roundup: Alexandria girls hold off Brainerd for first, while Alex boys finish top three on back-to-back days
Minnewaska's Cole Harste leads Lakers to second place at New London-Spicer with medalist rounds, and West Central Area wins two-nine hole meets.
The Alexandria girls golf team continued to cement itself as the top team in the Central Lakes Conference on Thursday by getting a fourth CLC team win.
Brainerd has pushed the Cardinals much of the spring, but Alexandria has found a way to beat the Warriors each time. This time it came in Fergus Falls where the Cardinals shot a 315, two strokes lower than Brainerd at 317. Fergus Falls was a distant third at 346.
“We played very well over the closing holes to erase a deficit and claim a 2-stroke team victory,” Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. “Lauren Rebrovich finished her last six holes in 2-under par. Hannah Boraas led the way with a medalist score of 2-over par 74.”
Boraas shot 39 on the front and a 35 on the back. She had nine pars on the back and no score higher than a bogey on her card.
Cora Larson shot a 78 (40, 38) to finish third. Larson rounded out her round by shooting 1-over par through her final six holes.
Rebrovich finished with an 80 (42, 38) to tie for fifth place.
“She nearly added one more birdie on her final hole,” Zupfer said. “She was able to bounce back after carding big numbers on three of her first seven holes.”
Aisling O’Connor tied for ninth with an 83 (40, 43). She led the Cardinals with just 31 putts. Isabella Hagen tied for 22nd with a 97 (48, 49) and Rachel Bowen tied for 26th (53, 46 - 99).
“Isabella had one of her best starts, but had a stretch of holes carding scores higher than she would like,” Zupfer said. “Her ball-striking is improving, but dropped off later in the round. She is still looking to lower her putts per round. She managed one birdie and three pars through her first nine holes. Rachel had a pretty good ball-striking round, but looks to lower her putts per round. Her round included three pars.”
FERGUS FALLS CLC MEET
TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 315; Brainerd - 317; Fergus Falls - 346; Sartell - 376; Moorhead - 391; Willmar - 399; Bemidji - 402; Rocori - 423; St. Cloud Apollo/Tech - Inc.
Alexandria boys continue busy stretch
The Alexandria boys continued a busy stretch of their schedule by going to Windsong Farm on May 3 ahead of a Central Lakes Conference meet in Willmar on May 4.
The Cardinals finished second at Willmar after shooting a 327. Brainerd won the conference meet with a 317, with Sartell shooting a 331 in third place.
Erik Stoxen of Brainerd won the tournament with a 73, and Sartell’s Logan Hamak was second with a 76.
Cardinals’ head coach Brady Swedberg gave his two captains, Braeden Sladek and Grant Rebrovich, the day off in Willmar as the two did not travel with the team.
Freshman Bennett Olsen led Alexandria with a 78 that left him alone in fourth place. Freshman Jack Holtz was seventh with an 80, and 8th-grader Carver Larson shot an 82 to tie for 10th. Eighth-grader Ashton Sladek shot an 87, and juniors Andrew Swedberg (89) and Peter Sansted (91) finished off the lineup.
The Cardinals shot a 318 at Windsong Farm a day earlier to finish third at that nine-team invite. Spring Lake Park won the tournament with a 301, and Maple Grove was right behind with a 302.
Braeden Sladek and Swedberg led the Cardinals as both shot a 74 to tie for third. Sansted shot an 84, Larson an 86, Rebrovich an 87 and Ashton Sladek finished the lineup with a 93.
West Central Area boys win two nine-hole meets
The West Central Area boys were in Graceville and Wheaton for two nine-hole meets on
Thursday, and the Knights won both of them.
WCA shot a 165 in Graceville as Grant Beuckens won medalist honors with a 38. Tate Christenson (39), Mitch Dewey (44), Marshall Dewey (49), Peyton Hanson (44) and Sam Hanson (47) rounded out the lineup.
Ortonville was a distant second in the four-team meet in Graceville with a team score of 188.
Peyton Hanson led the Knights (168) in Wheaton with a medalist round of 39. Marshall Dewey shot a 41, Beuckens a 42, Mitch Dewey a 46, Sam Hanson a 46 and Christenson a 52.
Border West was second as a team in Wheaton with a 185.
Harste first as Lakers take second as a team
Minnewaska’s Cole Harste continued his strong season on Thursday by winning medalist honors with a 72 at New London-Spicer.
That led the Minnewaska boys to a second-place finish as a team with a score of 332. New London-Spicer won the invite with a 323. Benson was a distant third at 363.
Zach Guggisberg was second in the Lakers’ lineup with an 82 that left him in fourth place, while Riley Larson (88) was Minnewaska’s third scorer and in ninth place overall. Mason McGinty, Hunter Kostelecky and Logan Kostelecky all shot rounds of 90.