Girls Golf: Lakers take 1st at Willmar
By Rand Middleton
WILLMAR -- They just might be the best girls golf team in Minnesota.
The five-time state champions are once again on a roll.
The Lakers breezed to first place at the Willmar Invitational on Monday in full sun with the mercury hovering around 60 degrees -- a stunning contrast to the boys invite on Saturday played in rain and cold.
Led by medalist Brianna Janu 77, the Lakers finished 37 strokes in front of runner-up Rocori and 38 in front of the Willmar Cardinals, the host team.
A week earlier in Blaine at the TPC, the Lakers finished in the top spot in a field that attracted 20 of the state's best teams.
The Lakers won on a tiebreaker with Stillwater after each team totaled a 337. Red Wing was third at 341.
The Wingers, who placed second at the Class AA meet in 2011, have been bumped to AAA. Detroit Lakes which displaced Minnewaska as the AA state champ trailed Waska at the Blaine meet.
"It looks really good after finishing in front of Detroit Lakes," responded Janu when asked to comment on the squad's prospects for 2012.
The Lakers, whose high school is midway between Starbuck and Glenwood, lost only Sam Falk from the third-place team at state. Freshman Ariel Ostrander, whose older sister Allie was a big part of the Lakers' long championship run, has stepped in to this Crackerjack lineup.
After Janu's 77 came Marja Sorensen of Rocori at 79, Alexis Guggisberg of Waska at 80 and Raelin Setrum of Willmar at 82.
"I was spot on with my putter from 10-feet and inside," said Setrum, a top player for the the Cardinals since she was in seventh grade. She is now a junior. "Driving was also my friend but when I had one bad shot the hole would just turn out terrible."
Still, the 82 was one of her best rounds on her home course, though far short of her personal best, a 76 last summer in Junior PGA match play at Dakota Ridge.
Megan Iams with a 94 and Carlee Bach at 96 came in next for Willmar.
Also for the Lakers, Jenna Janu, a freshman, shot 84, sophomore Ellen Stensrud an 88 and seventh-grader Ashlyn Guggisberg a 93.
Jen Kack of Lac qui Parle Valley finished sixth with an 86. Chloe Athmann's 96 led fourth-place BOLD while Lauren Dietz paced New London-Spicer with a 94.
Minnewaska 329, Rocori 366, Willmar Red 377, BOLD 406, Becker 418, New London-Spicer 419, Paynesville 450, Willmar White 473, Benson/KMS 476, Sauk Rapids 560, Belgrade-Brooten Elrosa inc, Lac qui Parle Valley inc
TOP TEN - Brianna Janu, Min, 39-38-77; Marja Sorensen, Roc, 41-38-79; Alexis Guggisberg, Minn, 42-38-80; Raelin Setrum, WilRed, 42-40-82; Jenna Janu, Minn, 43-41-84; Jen Kack, LQP, 47-39-86; Ellen Stensrud, Minn, 47-41-88; Haley Krebs, Roc, 49-45-93; Ashlyn Guggisberg, Minn, 44-49-93; Megan Iams, Wil Red, 53-41-94; Bailey Schulte, Roc, 49-45-94; Lauren Dietz, NLS, 49-45-94; Chloe Altmann, BOL, 50-46-96; Carlee Bach, WilRed, 50-46-96; Sara Jensen, Roc, 56-54-100
NLS - Lauren Dietz 102, Cheyenne Picolo 102, Lauren Veldman 105, Rachael Johanns 109
BENSON/KMS - Shayla Burns 115, Morgan DeHaan 118, Kelly Enderson 119, Rachel Lee 124
BOLD - Chole Altmann 96, Ashley Schmitz 102, BreAnn Mertens 104, Lanie Altmann 104
LQPV - Jen Kack 86, Alison Dahle 142
MINNEWASKA - Brianna Janu 77, Alexis Guggisberg 80, Jenna Janu 84, Ellen Stensrud 84, Ashlyn Guggisberg 93, Ariel Ostrander 107
WILLMAR RED - Raelin Setrum 82, Megan Iams 94, Carlee Bach 96, Kendra Maxfield 105, Zahia Farhat 109, Elise Duininck 111
WILLMAR WHITE - Kayla Hanson 115, Waverly Slette 117, Grace Sawyer 117, Liz Haug 124
PAYNESVILLE - Natasha Meed 102, Anna Currens 115, Liz Clawson 115, Amelia Mailing 118