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Prep Golf: Minnewaska girls win another section title; NLS to send 5 to state meet

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Minnewaska senior Alexis Guggisberg, teeing off on No. 12, shot the day’s low score — girl or boy — a 75 Thursday at the Section 3AA meet at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. She was also the 3AA medalist in 2012.

WILLMAR — Minnewaska aced another section tournament to gain the girls state meet a ninth straight year Thursday at Eagle Creek Golf Course.

New London-Spicer finished three strokes short of the boys team trophy but still managed to advance two-thirds of its lineup to state individuals at Ridges of Sand Creek near Jordan June 11-12.

Team wise, the Wildcats couldn’t unseat defending champion Marshall which shot 315; the ’Cats finished at 318 at Eagle Creek.

But senior Corbin Schwartz (79), sophomore Ethan Bohlson (79), and seniors Jordan Baker and Joey Dreier, both 80, all qualified by finishing top five exclusive of any Marshall Tigers. It will be Dreier’s second trip, the first for the other three.

No one among the 44 boys shot lights out. The thick turf was damp in the morning but an easterly wind dried out the greens and the golfers seem slow to adjust to the changing carpet.

Matt Bennett, a junior at No. 1 for Marshall, shot a 4-over 76 for medalist. But the day’s best score was filed by the Lakers’ squad only senior, Alexis Guggisberg, a 75. She also claimed medalist a year ago here.

The Lakers, who were second at state to Detroit Lakes last June, won this meet by 34 strokes over Marshall. But showing how tough the course played, the winning score of 341 was 15-20 strokes over a more typical Waska score.

Alexis’s younger sister, Ashlyn, just an eighth-grader, finished third with an 85.

Sophomore Jenna Janu, who qualified at sub-section with a 74 and went off at No. 1 for the Lakers, had some struggles and came in with a 90.

Derek Bruns of Montevideo and Lauren Dietz of New London-Spicer each qualified for state a first time. Dietz has lettered in golf starting in seventh grade and will finish her prep career with 13 letters.

Minnewaska, which first reached state in 2005 and finished fifth, won five straight state championships, before finishing third behind Red Wing and Detroit Lakes in 2011.

Detroit Lakes, the 2012 champion, is seen again this year as the team to beat.

Boys team scoring

(1) Marshall 315 (2) New London-Spicer 318 (3) Redwood Valley 343 (4) Benson/KMS 357


TOP THREE – Matt Bennett, Mar, 76; Brent Haukom, Mar, 78; Corbin Schwartz, NLS, 79; Ethan Bohlson, NLS, 79; Derek Bruns, Montevideo, 79

STATE QULAFIERS – Schwartz 79, Bohlson 79, Bruns 79, Jordan Baker, NLS, 80; Joey Dreier, NLS, 80

AREA NON-QUALIFIERS – Mitch McCosh, YME, 81; Brett Buckingham, Waska, 84; Jordan Kolden, Morris, 85; Peter Frischman, Waska, 88; Esten Stensrud, Waska, 91; Matt Bornhorst, LQPV, 93; Bobby Roos, Paynesville, 96; Riley Sigdahl, LQPV, DQ

Area results

BENSON/KMS – Zach Mauer 81, Brody Gimberlin 87, Austin Aeikens 99, Dan Lee 94, Ryan Hampton 100, Max Peterson 95

NLS – Joey Dreier 80, Reid Johnson 84, Cole Baker 83, Corbin Schwartz 79, Ethan Bohlson 79, Jordan Baker 80

Girls team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 341 (2) Marshall 375 (3) Windom 388 (4) Benson/KMS 444


TOP THREE – Alexis Guggisberg, Waska, 75; Kate Lesnar, Worthington, 80 (3) Ashlyn Guggisberg, Waska, 85

STATE QUALIFIERS – Lesnar 80, Abby Brinkman, Jackson County Central, 86, Jessica Blanchard, Mar, 86; Hanna Peterson, Mar, 87; Lauren Dietz, New London-Spicer, 89

AREA NON-QUALIFIERS – Breann Mertens, BOLD, 91; Ellary Sweep, NLS, 91; Shiori Legate, Mor, 96; Natasha Meed, Pay, 96; Maddie Hennen, Morris, 101, Lanie Altman, BOLD, 102; Rose Reinert, Montevideo, 103; Leah Jeseritz, YME, 119

Area results

BENSON/KMS – Kellie Enderson 107, Rachel Lee 109, Shayla Burns 112, Morgan DeHaan 116

MINNEWASKA – Jenna Janu 90, Alexis Guggisberg 75, Ashlyn Guggisberg 85, Ellen Stensrud 91, Ariel Ostrander 97, Annika Pederson 120

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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