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Class A state girls golf: LQPV takes second at state

The Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles were hoping to repeat as state champs, but finish seven strokes behind Legacy Christian

Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Isabella Jacobs tees off while competing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Isabella Jacobs tees off while competing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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BECKER — The big smile hid the tears.

Yes, Isabella Jacobs and the rest of the Lac qui Parle Valley girls golf team are proud of their accomplishments.

“Kind of,” Jacobs said.

Disappointed? “Yeah,” she said. “But (we’re) still happy to be here. …

“I was feeling confident going into it, knowing how we played (Tuesday). But it didn’t work out the way I wanted it.LQPV finished second in the state Class A tournament Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club. The Eagles shot a two-day total of 723, seven strokes behind state champion Legacy Christian Academy of Andover, which had a 716.

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That LQPV and LCA were tied after Day 1 made Wednesday’s result a bit hard to swallow. Throw in that LQPV also was defending state champion and it was even more difficult.

“I’m happy I played here,” said Eagles senior Sarah Halvorson. “I can’t be disappointed. I’m still pretty happy. …“The team played really well. The other team played extremely well. They deserved it.”

Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Sarah Halvorson tees off in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Sarah Halvorson tees off in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Halvorson was defending state co-champion, with last year’s co-champ, Park Christian’s Emily Stueland, now graduated. She wound up tied for fourth with identical rounds of 87, a 174.

Legacy Christian Academy’s Emily Brandt won the state title, putting together scores of 81 and 84 for a 165. Benson’s Alissa Maurer earned all-state honors by tying for fourth place with identical rounds of 87 to finish with a 174. BOLD’s Leslie Snow tied for 11th place with rounds of 93 and 85 for a 178.

Benson golfer Alissa Maurer eyes a putt while playing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Benson golfer Alissa Maurer eyes a putt while playing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

LQPV head coach Kipp Stender put a positive spin on his team’s accomplishments, which are many.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Stender said. “Anytime you get to state, that’s a great year.

“Trying to repeat as state champions is a great challenge. We tried to keep them focused on this year and what laid ahead. But it’s really tough on everybody. … They golfed well. It’s a team effort. Taking second place is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Stender noted that in the past four state tournaments, excluding the pandemic-canceled 2020 season, LQPV has two first-, a third- and a second-place finish on its resume. And, Halvorson, he noted, actually has three first-place finishes in her career.

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“She’s got a red, a white and three blues,” Stender said of Halvorson’s state golf collection. “It’s a huge challenge coming back here and trying to repeat. She’s a really good player and this is a really good group of kids, great students.”

Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Molly Halvorson approaches the putting green while playing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Lac qui Parle Valley golfer Molly Halvorson approaches the putting green while playing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Molly Halvorson, the eighth-grader, finished tied for eighth and like her sister, also earned all-state status after shooting rounds of 86 and 89 for a 175. Jacobs was 10th in state with rounds of 84 and 93, good for a 177. Kaitlyn Kittelson was the Eagles’ fourth scorer, shooting 97 and 100 for a 197.

Conditions were better than Tuesday. It was cooler. There was a touch of light rain and the wind was a factor. Players struggled in Tuesday’s warmer weather.

They also knew how the round was going for both themselves and Legacy Christian. Thank the iwanamaker,.com golf app. Players could check during brief breaks around the course to see how things were going.

“I didn’t check it at all the first day,” Sarah Halvorson “It puts a lot of stress on me. I checked it out around (Hole No.) 15 and 16. Then, I didn’t look.”

Jacobs admitted to checking it as well. Second place isn’t exactly what she wanted.

“It (second place) is still amazing for us to do,” she said.

Kaitlyn Kittelson of Lac qui Parle Valley approaches the putting green while competing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Kaitlyn Kittelson of Lac qui Parle Valley approaches the putting green while competing in the Class A girls golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

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Class A State Tournament

Girls
Team scoring

(1) Legacy Christian Academy of Andover 354-362—716 … (2) Lac qui Parle Valley 354-369—723 … (3) Park Christian of Moorhead 368-373—741 … (4) Fillmore Central 393-385—778 … (5) North Woods 395-396—791 … (7) Murray County Central 450-417—867 … (8) Sleepy Eye United 446-429—875
Individual

TOP EIGHT — (1) Emily Brandt, LCA, 81-84—165 … (2) Kianna Johnson, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 85-81—166 … (3) Courtney Hershberger, Fillmore Central, 91-82—173 … (4t) Adysen Tysdal, Ottertail Central, 89-85—174 … (4t) Alissa Maurer, Benson, 87-87—174 … (4t) Madison Doeen, Park Christian, 88-86—174 … (4t) Sarah Halvorson, LQPV, 87-87—174 … (8t) Lauren Bowyer, Minneota, 87-88—175 … (8t) Molly Halvorson, LQPV, 86-89—175
LQPV — (4t) S. Halvorson 87-87—174 … (8t) M. Halvorson 86-89—175 … (10) Isabella Jacobs 84-93—177 … (32) Kaitlyn Kittelson 97-100—197 … (65t) Grace Vacek 108-108—216 … (81) Kate Ulstad 117-137—254
BENSON — (4t) Alissa Maurer 87-87—174 
BOLD — (11t) Leslie Snow 93-85—178  … (44) Kenna Henriksen 108-95—203
DAWSON-BOYD — (15t) Alyssa Swedzinski 94-89—175 … (17) Lindsey Lund 94-90—184

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