Class A golf: MCC boys take second
BECKER – A soggy second day at the Class A State Golf Tournament produced a silver result for the Murray County Central boys’ golf team on Wednesday. The Rebels shot 340 on Day 2 and jumped Legacy Christian Academy of Andover while rain drenched Pebble Creek Golf Club to take second place.
Mille Lacs, the 18-hole leader, held on for the team championship behind a 36-hole total of 652. MCC was 19 shots back at 671, while Legacy Christian Academy was five strokes behind MCC. Dawson-Boyd, which entered Wednesday in fourth place, struggled in the heavy rains and finished in sixth place with a team score of 680.
Ben Loosbrock and Adam Christensen each posted an 83 for the Rebel to aid in their advance up the leader board. Christensen was MCC’s top individual finisher for the tournament, tying with Dawson-Boyd’s Easton Popma for 18th overall.
“The conditions were really tough, but we played well despite them,” MCC head coach Kim DeLong said. “We fell out of third place by a stroke last year and were pretty motivated coming in.”
Devin Erickson, MCC’s leader after Day 1 and one of the team’s three seniors, carded an 85, while Grant Everson shot an 87 to round out the scoring for MCC on Wednesday.
“We have some great leaders on this team,” DeLong said of her seniors. “But we also have a good group of younger kids coming up. We’re going to miss the seniors, but we plan on being back here next year.”
Christian Thoen and Dalton Palmer each shot 84 for Dawson-Boyd, while Spencer Erickson put together a 90. Popma fired an 85 in the rain on Wednesday, the sophomore’s highest round of the season.
Dana Madson, of Westbrook-Walnut Grove, followed up his 82 from Tuesday with an 89 on Wednesday. His 36-hole score of 171 placed Madson in a tie for 35th.
While the Minneota Vikings did not pick up a trophy in their first ever team appearance at the girls’ state golf tournament, they did earn a wealth of experience. The young team played well above its age and finished in sixth place behind a 36-hole team score of 834.
“This was a big deal. First time ever, undefeated, sixth place at state, you can’t hardly say more,” Minneota head coach Ralph Hagen said. “I know they were thinking state champions and things like this, but you have 10 things going against you for everything you have going for you. We’re inexperienced, we’re young; you’ve got to be bigger, stronger, tougher to get through the rough or have a lot of experience.”
Eighth-grader Charlie Josephson shot a 43 on her final nine holes for the Vikings, finishing Day 2 with a score of 94. Alison Bot and Alyssa Engler each put up scores of 104, while Minneota’s final score came from Heidi Guttormsson with a 111.
“You look at Charlie’s 43, it’s a lot better than they think it is,” Hagen said. “Most of these other girls have been here once or twice before and you don’t win the first time. You don’t usually do well the first time. There’s just too many distractions, too many things that get in the way. The thing is, they tried as hard as they could.”
Engler, the team’s only senior, ended her Minneota career on a high note, chipping out of the rough and into the hole from just beyond 30 feet. The chip-in also helped the Vikings leap frog seventh-place Mille Lacs by one stroke.
“That chip shot was actually for sixth place. If she chips it short and two putts, we’re in seventh,” Hagen said.
Legacy Christian Academy won the team title for the girls’ with a score of 752, while Day 1 leader, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, finished in second at 771.
Results after 36 holes:
Girls’ Team Scores: 1. Legacy Christian Academy 752, 2. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 771, 3. Wabasha-Kellogg 783, 4. United South Central 785, 5. Ortonville 815, 6. Minneota 834, 7. Mille Lacs 835, 8. Ottertail Central 880
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Hannah Kruger (RTR) 163; 2. Lauren Laffen (Sleepy Eye) 167; t-3. Elizabeth Hennessy (Lewiston-Altura) 171; t-3. Christine Piwnica (Southwest Christian) 171; t-3. Kiera Smith (Heritage Christian Academy) 171; 6. Carly Schmalz (Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart) 174; t-7. Tierra Novacek (BGMR) 176; t-7. Caitlin Richmond (Braham) 176; t-7. Abby Herding (WWG) 176; 10. Emily Curtis (Sleepy Eye) 177
Area Individual Results:
Lincoln HI: Kyra Gores 181
Minneota: Charlie Josephson 208, Rachel Knutson 223, Heidi Guttormsson 216, Alison Bot 210, Alyssa Engler 203.
RTR: Kruger 163
WWG: Herding 176
Boys’ Team Scores: 1. Mille Lacs 652, 2. Murray County Central 671, 3. Legacy Christian Academy 676, 4. United South Central 677, 5. Wabasha-Kellogg 679, 6. Dawson-Boyd 680, 7. Kittson County Central 695, 8. Mahnomen 707
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Luke Johansen (Southwest Christian) 141; t-2. Grant Exsted (ML) 144; t-2. Jade Hasslen (Ortonville) 144; 4. Adam Westing (Heritage Christian Academy) 155; 5. Ryan Pederson (United South Central) 157; t-6. Fletcher Blaschko (W-K) 158; t-6. Chris Marcussen (Ada-Borup) 158; t-6. Ben Langas (BGMR) 158; t-6. Cordell Weber (Martin County West) 158; 10. Nate Pederson (USC) 160.
Area Individual Results:
Dawson-Boyd: Dalton Palmer 187, Aaron Madson 198, Spencer Erickson 177, Cameron Kemen 179, Christian Thoen 168, Easton Popma 164
MCC: Tyler Groves 201, Aaron Boock 192, Grant Everson 174, Ben Loosbrock 168, Adam Christensen 164, Devin Erickson 165
WWG: Dana Madson 171