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Prep Golf: Lakers head back to state meet

Sam Peterson watches his second shot from 30 yards out to the No. 9 green (his 18th hole) land in the bunker but the Benson senior still shot the 3A tournament's low score at Eagle Creek, a par 72 on Thursday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.1 / 2
Minnewaska's Alexis Guggisberg, playing in the No. 1 group, would finish with a 77 which led the girls division. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.2 / 2

WILLMAR -- The Minnewaska Lakers are back in the Class AA state tournament after shooting a 332 at Eagle Creek Golf on Thursday in near ideal weather.

Also advancing out of the 3AA meet to the girls tournament individually are Chloe Altmann of BOLD (Olivia) and Jen Kack of Lac qui Parle Valley.

In the boys division, the Marshall Tigers outhit New London-Spicer 307-319 to grab the first-place trophy and punch their ticket to the state meet June 8-9 at Jordan.

Individually, the four of the five available openings went to Tribune area athletes. Benson's Sam Peterson led all scorers with a par 72. Philip Ward of Montevideo shot 75 while New London-Spicer's Reid Johnson and Joey Dreier advanced out of a four-way playoff.

Junior Alexis Guggisberg led the way for the Lakers. She shot a 77, the only sub-80 round recorded on the girls side.

Senior Brianna Janu followed with 81 and then her younger sister, Jenna, a freshman, came in at 84.

The Lakers placed third in 2011 after winning five straight state titles.

Peterson, a senior headed to Gustavus Adolphus planning to play both basketball and golf, returns to the state meet for the first time since eighth-grade, other years missing by "one or two strokes". Perhaps, he explained he pressed too much those other years trying to repeat his early success at section.

This time he stayed relaxed and left little doubt opening with a 34. He was two under with two to go but went bogey-bogey for his even-par round.

Altmann went to State as a senior but missed by a stroke last year when she shot 93 on a windy day on this same course.

"I'm really happy," she said. "The weather was great, the course in great condition. The greens were pretty fast."

She said her driver was the key hitting 13 fairways.

Ward repeats; he advanced last year winning a playoff with Dreier on the second extra hole with a par 4.

This time Dreier didn't falter on No. 11, the second playoff hole. He pared just after his teammate, Johnson, had dropped in a 25-foot putt from 3-feet off the green for birdie.

Also in the four-way playoff were Dylan Skattum of Luverne and Joe Brinkman of Jackson County Central.

All four bogeyed No. 10. Skattum and Brinkman bogeyed No. 11.

Just missing the playoff was junior Jordan Kolden of Morris who came in at 78.

Lac qui Parle Valley's Kack, a senior, shot 90 to advance.

The tournament is played at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Club.

Section 3AA

Boys results

Team scoring

(1) Marshall 307* (2) New London-Spicer 319 (3) Redwood Valley 331 (4) Montevideo 335

*Qualifies for state meet


TOP 5 SCORES AND AREA INDIVIDUALS - Sam Peterson, Benson, 72; Adam Hengel, Redwood Valley, 74; Phillip Ward, Montevideo, 75; Matt Bennett, Marshall, 76; Mareus Holmberg, Marshall, 76 .... Jordan Kolden, Morris, 78; Brett Buckingham, Minnewaska, 80; Mitch McCosh, Yellow Medicine East, 81; Jordan Burns, Benson, 83; Brody Gimberlain, Benson, 84; Joe Buysee, Waska, 84; Esten Stensrud, Waska, 85; Zach Mauer, Benson, 85;Dylan Buckingham, Waska, 86; Riley Segdahl, Lac qui Parle Valley, 87; Andrew Rentz, Morris, 87

STATE INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS - Peterson, Hengel, Ward, Reid Johnson, NLS, 77; Joey Dreier, NLS, 77

Area results

MONTEVIDEO - Ward 75, Mike Moritz 85, Ryan Knudson 85, Derek Bruns 91, Grant Tufto 90

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Dreier 77, Corbin Schwartz 80, Johnson 77, Baker 88, Ethan Bohlson 85, James Magnuson 93

Girls results

Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 332*, Jackson County Central 388, Worthington 412, Montevideo 420

*Qualifies for state meet


TOP 5 SCORES AND AREA INDIVIDUALS - Alexis Guggisberg, Waska, 77; Brianna Janue, Waska, 81; Chloe Altmann, BOLD, 83; Jenna Janue, Waska, 84; Kaylee Benson, Jackson County, 84 .... Natasha Meed, Paynesville, 94; Lanie Altmann, BOLD, 96; Breann Mertens, BOLD, 97; Cassidy Hennen, Morris, 99; Lauren Dietz, New London-Spicer, 100; Ashley Schmitz, BOLD; Ellary Sweep, NLS, 100; Jessica Johnson, NLS, 101; Maddie Hennen, Morris, 105;Shayla Burns, Benson, 111; ; Liza Reinert, BOLD, 112; Lily Erdahl, Morris, 112; Erica Moritz, YME, 115; Kelsey Johnson, NLS, 118

STATE INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS - Chloe Altmann, BOLD, 83 (2) Kaylee Benson, Jackson County, 84; Kate Lesnar, Worthington, 86; Jen Kack, Lac qui Parle Valley, 90; Hanna Peterson, Marshall, 90

Area results

MINNEWASKA - Alexis Guggisberg 77, Brianna Janu 81, Jenna Janue 84, Ellen Stensrud 90, Ashlyn Guggisberg 94, Ariel Ostrander 115

MONTEVIDEO - Kelsey Amborn 104, Rose Reinert 95, Tori Kuhlman 113, Erin Balken 110, Stina Ostlie 111

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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