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Class 2A State Golf: Israelson, Heggerston state champs

Staples-Motley High School golfer Andrew Israelson drives the 6th hole of the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course Wednesday afternoon at the state Class AA boys golf competition in Jordan.1 / 4
Megan Snyder from Pequot Lakes High School landed a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole at the Ridges at Sand Creek course in Jordan during the Minnesota state Class AA girls golf championships. Applauding the feat in the background is Sophia Yoemans from Red Wing High School.2 / 4
Maggie Heggerston from Pequot Lakes High School watches her drive on the 4th hole fly, on her way to a tie for 1st place in the Minnesota state high school Class AA girls golf championships held at the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan.3 / 4
Maggie Heggerston from Pequot Lakes High School watches her drive on the 4th hole fly, on her way to a tie for 1st place in the Minnesota state high school Class AA girls golf championships held at the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan.4 / 4

Maggie Heggerston and the Pequot Lakes Patriots turned goals into reality Wednesday.

Andrew Israelson did exactly what he planned on doing.

Heggerston followed up her opening-round 73 with a her third under-par round of the postseason. The Pequot junior shot a 2-under 70 Wednesday for a two-day 143 and a share of the girls Class 2A state individual title.

Virginia's Andrew Sederlund and Mankato East's Carter Haley matched Israelson's 144.

Israelson said he wanted to shoot even par after opening the tournament with a 1-under 71. The Staples-Motley sophomore missed his goal by one stroke, but his two-day 144 put him in a three-way tie for the boys individual title.

Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes defended her individual title that she shared last year and won outright two years ago by matching Heggerston's 73-70 for a 143.

"My last putt I had a good look at birdie and when I missed it I heard some noises from the crowd," said Heggerston. "I wondered if that was the putt to win it. I putted out for a par and I thought I totally just lost the state tournament. I didn't win. I was hyperventilating.

"At the scorers table I asked what the low round was and he told me 70. I just sat there quiet."

Israelson was playing with Sederlund, who carded a bogey on the final hole to fall into a tie with Israelson. Then the two had to wait for Haley, who finished a group behind them.

"I one putted for par and the Virginia kid made bogey," said Israelson. "He played a really good front nine with a 33. He had four birdies on the first nine.

"The only score I had heard about came on the eighth hole. My coach told me (the first-round leader Austin vanSytzama) shot 41 on his first nine. That was the only score I knew."

Heggerston's 70 along with an 81 from Amanda Nies, an 84 from Alex Stone and an 85 from Sam Olmscheid jumped Pequot over Red Wing for second as a team behind defending state champion DL. Pequot, which trailed Red Wing by two strokes entering the final round, shot eight shots better Wednesday than it did Tuesday for a 648 to better Red Wing by two strokes.

"That's like a first place for us," said Heggerston. "I realize it's second to Detroit Lakes, but they're a different kind of team. We are just so excited. That was our goal to go in and beat Red Wing. It does feel like a first place to us. "

Nies shot rounds of 81-81 for a 19th-place 162. Stone tied for 29th with her 171. Olmscheid was one stroke back to tie for 34th and Megan Snyder, who aced the third hole of The Ridges at Sand Creek, shot a 91 Wednesday for a two-day 178. That tied her for 41st. Bella Abear finished 76th.

"I'm so proud of our team," said Snyder. "It was super exciting to come in second. We were all pretty nervous throughout the morning because we were only two strokes back and then when we found out we beat them by two it just didn't seem real. It took a lot, but I think we deserve it."

As for the hole-in-one. That didn't seem real either.

"It didn't hit me until after I took the ball out of the hole and then I just couldn't stop shaking," Snyder said. "It was really exciting. I got to see it go in and then crowd was pretty loud."

Snyder hit a 9-iron 126-yards for the ace.

"With Megan getting a hole-in-one and Maggie getting co-medalist and then the team taking second it was just a great day," said Pequot head coach Jon Dale. "We knew we were in the hunt. The girls knew what our goals were and everyone did pretty much what we had asked of them."

Heggerston shot nines of 35-35, but opened each nine with a bogey.

"I just played pretty consistent," said Heggerston. "I wasn't really clicking. I would get into trouble and then I would get myself out. I wasn't in a lot of trouble, though. I was just consistent and took the birdies where I could get them."

She birdied 16 and 17 and had the birdie putt on 18, but made par. She had no idea where she stood coming into the 18th green, but said she was more nervous down the stretch than she could remember being on a golf course.

"I had no idea what I needed to shoot," said Heggerston. "Everyone in the audience knew except me. Even when I was done I had no idea what the low score was."

Israelson fired a 37-36 Wednesday for his even-par 144. He becomes the third Cardinal to claim an individual title. He joins Mary (Hasselberg) Harris, who won in 2001, and Jody (Wilson) Hagenson, who won in 1983.

"It hasn't hit me yet," said Israelson. "I've tried to shake it off."

Israelson struggled down the stretch and admitted to being nervous.

"I don't think they did, but at the same time, in my head, I wasn't thinking about winning or anything, but I had three three putts on my last six holes so I think I was a choke artist at the end," said Israelson. "I pulled it out, though."

Israelson's medalist finish led the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys to seventh. Dakota Waverek tied for 47th with a two-day 161. Kyle Quast rebounded from a first-round 85 to shoot 78 and tie for 52nd with a 163. Freshman Tyler Helling tied for 69th with a 172. Lucas Jimenez shot 197 and seventh-grader Finn Erholtz a 210.

Emily Israelson's goal was 74 on Wednesday. That would have tied her for sixth. The S-M senior was only three shots off her goal with a 77. Along with Tuesday's 78, Israelson fired a 155 to tie for ninth. It's her third top 10 finish in the state tournament and her 155 is her best state tournament score, beating her fifth-place 156 as a sophomore.

Pierz's Jessica Hawks enjoyed her first state tournament appearance. The junior fired rounds of 85-87 for a 172, which tied her for 34th.

"She played very well," said Pierz head coach Jessica LeBlanc, "She putted well and hit the ball well. In each round, she had a couple of bad holes, but other than that she played very well. She played smart. She was aggressive when she could be, but she didn't go for it if there was trouble."

Hawks shot 42 on the front nine for both days. During her final round, the back nine got her for a 45.

"(Tuesday) she was more composed than she was today," LeBlanc said. "At the beginning of her round. her first couple of holes weren't as crisp as the rest of them were. But she finished with three straight pars."

Wadena-Deer Creek's Heather Theisen couldn't match her opening-round 86. She shot a 98 Wednesday for a two-day 184 to tie for 52nd in her first state tournament.

Class 2A Golf

Individual: Pequot's Heggerston, Staples-Motley's Israelson win titles

Boys team: Staples-Motley finishes seventh

Girls team: Pequot finishes second

Class 2A Boys Golf

Team scores: 1-Providence Academy 602, 2-Marshall 612, 3-Blake 614, 4-Mankato East 618, 5-Fergus Falls 629, 6-Virginia 635, 7-Staples-Motley 640, 8-Byron 677

Class 2A Individual champion: Andrew Israelson (Staples-Motley) 71-73 - 144, Andrew Sederlund (Virginia) 72-72 - 144, Carter Haley (Mankato East) 71-73 - 144

Staples-Motley results: Dakota Waverek 79-82 - 161, Kyle Quast 85-78 - 163, Tyler Helling 84-88 - 172, Lucas Jimenez 99-98 - 197, Finn Erholtz 109-101 - 210

Class 2A Girls golf

Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 293-297 - 590, 2-Pequot Lakes 328-320 - 648, 3-Red Wing 326-324 - 650, 4-Minnewaska 341-346 - 687, 5-Osakis 366-351 - 717, 6-Visitation 367-366 - 733, 7-Jordan 371-367 - 738, 8-Breck 371-377 - 748

Class 2A Individual champion: Maggie Heggerston (Pequot Lakes) 73-70 — 143, Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes) 73-70 — 143

Pequot Lakes results: 19-Amanda Nies 81-81 - 162, 29t-Alex Stone 87-84 - 171, 34t-Sam Olmscheid 87-85 - 172 , 41t-Megan Snyder 87-91 - 178, 76-Bella Abear 108-98 - 206

Pierz results: 34t-Jessica Hawks 85-87 - 172

Staples-Motley results: 9t-Emily Israelson 78-77 - 155

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 52t-Heather Theisen 86-98 - 184

Jeremy Millsop
My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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