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Albany first at Willmar golf invite

Katie Kroona eyes her drive on No. 17 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar on Monday. The Willmar senior shot a 96 at the Cardinal Invitational. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR -- Albany fired a 365 to beat St. Cloud Tech by 10 strokes and win the Willmar Girls Invitational on Monday.

The medalist was Alyssa Kallhoff of Albany, who shot a 78 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Willmar finished fifth among 15 teams. Katie Kroona shot 96 and Emily Nelsen 101 to lead the host team.

Whitney Bertram of BBE fired a 94 to lead Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to eighth place.

Benson/KMS's Abby Fragodt shot a 98 to finish in 10th place.

Jordan Spaulding's 98 was the low score for Paynesville in 12th place.

Marshall came in third at 375 and St. Cloud Apollo fourth with a 391 score.

Kallhoff's winning scores came on a blistering 35 on the front followed by a 43 on the back for a 78. No one came close to that score.

Megan Laikin of St. Cloud Tech and Kourtney Williams of Becker were tied for second after each shot an 87.

Kroona, who shot 46 on the back nine, finished strong with a par on both No. 16 and No. 18.

Raelin Setrum, an eighth-grader at the No. 2 spot for the Cardinals, started strong, carding a 48 on the front, but appeared to tire on the back and came in at 105.

Willmar senior Emily Nelsen, at No. 3, was solid all day coming in at 49-52-101.

Willmar also got a nice round of 104 on the JV team from Carlee Bach.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's's Bertram is a senior with state tournament experience. She is currently No. 2 in the Central Minnesota Conference standings. At Eagle Creek, Bertram posted nines of 49 and 45.

The best depth of the tournament was displayed by St. Cloud Tech, which had six scores ranging from 87 to 111.

Team scoring

(1) Albany 365 (2) St. Cloud Tech 375 (3) Marshall 388 (4) St. Cloud Apollo 391 (5) Willmar 408 (6) Becker 416 (7) Sartell 420 (8) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 437 (9) Maple Lake 444 (10) Benson/KMS 456 (11) Lac qui Parle Valley 463 (12) Paynesville 482 (13) Fergus Falls 389 (14) New London-Spicer 496 (15) Willmar JV incomplete


MEDALIST - (1) Alyssa Kallhoff, Alb, 78

Area results

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Whitney Bertram 94, Amy Knutson 104, Jordan Gruendeman 113, Marissa Quade 126

BENSON/KMS - Abby Fragodt 98, Elizabeth Ness 102, Rachel Bausman 118, Kate Lottman 138

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Kalyn Gloege 105, Rachel Strand 108, Jennifer Kack 120, Brianna De Foe 130

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Lauren Dietz 111, Emily Gobernatz 124, Heather Hawkenson 125, Kelsey Stahl 128

PAYNESVILLE - Jordan Spaulding 98, Jayna Flanders 105, Nathasha Mead 137, Karla Leitzman 142

WILLMAR - Katie Kroona 96, Emily Nelsen 101, Raelin Setrum 105, Allison Baker 106, Anna Burns 113, Hannah Kroona 123

WILLMAR JV - Carlee Bach 104, Jackie Goldschmidt 127, Hannah Murphy 32