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Willmar Invitational medalist Abby Moriarty, left, of meet champion Rocori putts out on No. 5 on the way to a 38 on the front 9 and a low round of 85 Monday at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Holding the flagstick is Brooke Beuning of New London-Spicer with Jaden Gossen of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at far right. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Girls Golf: Rocori gains win in wind at Willmar Invite


WILLMAR — The sun shone, the temperature ticked 60, the course was presentable and the west wind blew steadily at 25 mph (“Three out of four ain’t bad”) as the girls teed it up at Eagle Creek Golf Course for the Willmar Invite.

For many, including the host team, the 18-hole event was their first competitive round, after perhaps a dozen practice holes in a hard-luck spring.

Rocori played wind-dried front and back in 370 strokes to win by 19 over runner-up BOLD.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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