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Eagle golfers claim Class A title

The Lac qui Parle Valley girls golf team won the Class A state championship on Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. The Eagles, from left, are assistant coach Mark Halvorson, Rachel Halvorson, Abby Stender, Izabella Stender, Sarah Halvorson, Chloe Ludvigson, Ellie Jacobs and head coach Kipp Stender. Rachel Halvorson also won the Class A individual championship. Submitted photo

BECKER - Lac qui Parle Valley's girls golf team won the Class A state championship by one stroke and the Eagles' Rachel Halvorson held off four pursuers in a tight back-nine race to win the individual title by one shot at the Minnesota State Golf Meet on Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

The 2017 Class A champion BOLD held the lead after the first day but didn't have a golfer break 90 on Day 2 and placed fourth, 12 shots off LQPV's winning score of 714.

Fillmore Central placed second at 715 and Park Christian was third at 723. Springfield was fifth at 764.

Halvorson was tied with Park Christian's Emily Doeden at 76 following the first day, and the Eagles' ace went out in 36 on Wednesday. While Halvorson shot 43 on the back nine to finish at 155, her then closest pursuers, Doeden and Fillmore Central's Grace Miller, both could manage just 42s on the final nine and they tied for third at 157.

Legacy Christian's Sophie Gray trailed by just three shots after the first day but went out in 39 on Wednesday to fall six shots back of Halvorson. Gray charged to a 38 on the back nine and fell a shot short of a tie.

BBE's Jacqueline Gossen finished in a tie for ninth at 168 and BOLD's Lanie Mages finished 11th at 171, three shots ahead of BBE's Jaden Gossen, who tied for 12th at 174.

BOLD's Makayla Snow and Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart's Audree Ginsburg both shot 180 to tie for 15th, and BOLD's Ashley Trongard finished at 182 to tie for 23rd.

LQPV's Abigail Stender shot 181 to tie for 20th, Izabella Stender shot 186 to place 27th.

In the Class AA girls meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minnewaska's Madi McGinty made a strong second-day move, shooting 70 to place fourth at 150.

Sophia Yoemans of Red Wing shot a 36-hole total of 129—a 63 on Day 1 and a 66 on Wednesday—to easily outdistanced second-place teammate Leah Herzog and the rest of the field. Herzog finished eight strokes back and third-place finisher Shelby Busker of Detroit Lakes shot 148, 19 shots behind Yoemans.

Busker's Detroit Lakes squad, however, had three of its scorers place in the top eight and finished at 638 to blitz the AA field. Marshall was second at 664 and Red Wing was third at 665.

In Class AAA girls, Edina won the championship by two shots over Roseville at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Kathryn Van Arragon of Blaine won the AAA championship with a 143, three shots clear of Northfield's Molly Stevens.

In Class A boys, Lac qui Parle Valley placed fifth at 700 at Pebble Creek on Wednesday, and Willmar Community Christian's Brett Reid made a nice second-day run to place third individually.

Fertile Beltrami and Mounds Park tied for first at 641. Northwoods was third at 658.

Sleepy Eye's Ben Laffen made up four shots on the back nine on Wednesday to place first at 144. Bethlehem Academy's Khrystjan Peterson, the first-day leader at 68, held a three-shot lead on Laffen at the turn on Wednesday but shot 41 on the back to finish at 145.

Reid was nine shots off the lead after Day 1 but shot 71—including a 34 on the back nine—on Wednesday to finish at 148 in third place.

Dawson-Boyd's Tyler Lund tied for seventh at 153 and LQPV's Harrison Patzer tied for 18th at 160.

Willmar Community Christian's Greg Reid finished at 162 to tie for 23rd, and BBE's Jayden Miller finished tied for 27th with a 166.

In Class AA boys, Holy Family Catholic finished at 600 to win the championship by three strokes over Detroit Lakes at the Ridges at Sand Creek. East Grand Fork's Nate Deziel shot 137 to win the individual championship by a shot over Blake's Derek Hitchner.

In Class AAA boys at Bunker Hills, Maple Grove won the championship with a 593, seven shots ahead of Alexandria and St. Thomas Academy, which tied for second at 600.

Wayzata's Tristan Nelko shot 139 to win the individual title by four shots over St. Michael-Albertville's Trey Fessler and Mankato East's Walker Reyes. Alex' Noah Boraas finished in a three-way tie fourth at 144.

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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