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Class 2A State Golf: Pequot girls in the hunt

Class 2A Golf

Girls: Pequot Lakes team, Pierz's Jessica Hawks, Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson, W-DC's Heather Theisen

Boys: Staples-Motley team

Next: Final round of 2A state golf at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for girls, noon for boys

Maggie Heggerston and her Pequot Lakes teammates are going hunting for birdies, eagles and other featured fare Wednesday.

The Patriots are two shots behind second-place Red Wing after the first round of the Class 2A state tournament Tuesday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. With Detroit Lakes running away from the field with a 33-stroke edge, Pequot's goal is to hunt down the Red Wing Wingers and claim second place.

"That's definitely the goal," said Heggerston. "We won't catch Detroit Lakes, but second is in reach. We're pretty relaxed. We just need to go out there and have fun because that's when we play our best. We have no pressure on us. It's about going out and having fun. We made it to state already. That battle is over with."

Heggerston's goal is to win the individual title. She's sitting one stroke away after the first round. The junior shot nines of 34-38 for a 73. She's tied with Trisa Hutchinson and Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes and Anni Heck of Visitation. They all trail DL's Sydney Busker, who fired a 72.

"I want to win tomorrow," said Heggerston. "That's my goal. Mainly I just want to play my game and hopefully shoot right around par. I think par is what is going to win it tomorrow."

Amanda Nies shot 40-41 for her 81 to put her in 19th place. Pequot's sophomore opened last year's state tournament with an 89.

"I think all of our girls are pretty happy with what they shot today," Heggerston said. "I know Amanda is very happy. She had a big improvement from last year's first round. And then our Nos. 3, 4 and 5 players all played well today, too."

The fact Snyder and Stone are tied shouldn't be a surprise. They both tied for 36th in last year's tournament. Stone opened last year with an 88 and Snyder a 90. They are currently tied for 33rd with Olmscheid, who opened last year with an 88.

Pequot's 328 is a stroke off the pace it set last year, when it finished third.

S-M's Emily Israelson opened her fifth state tournament with a 78 to put her in 11th place and six shots off of Busker's pace. While it was the senior's last state tournament, she said she played like it was her first.

"It was an off day," said Israelson. "This is how I would describe my round today. I played like I was in eighth grade again just having fun and not caring. But I also had the same short game I had when I was in eighth grade. It was a little rough. My chipping was just awful."

The Cardinal senior shot nines of 38-40 Tuesday, but hopes to go lower during Wednesday's final. Her goal -- 74 or better.

"If I hit the ball like I did today that's an easy score," she said. "I hit the ball today the best I've hit it all year. I was just killing it. Honestly, as long as I putt well tomorrow, I think I can go low."

Jessica Hawks is a state tournament rookie, but the Pierz junior didn't play like it Tuesday. Either did fellow first-timer Heather Theisen of Wadena-Deer Creek.

Hawks opened with an 85 to tie for 25th, while Theisen is a shot back and tied for 30th.

"Heather started out pretty well and then had some trouble on the front with two triples," said W-DC head coach Missy Tabery. "She came back and played steady the rest of the round. She had two birdie putts she probably should have made and still shot 40 on the back.

"Her goal was to break 90 on both days so one day down. Hopefully she can play with more confidence (Wednesday) with what she can do."

The S-M boys might need to borrow some of that confidence. The defending state champions find themselves in seventh place with a 319. That puts the Cardinals 19 strokes behind first-round leader Providence Academy.

"The goal for us is to shoot under 310," said Andrew Israelson. "I think our group of four guys that score for us, we had a rough day. Our fourth guy (Tyler Helling) played pretty well, but other than that we struggled. We're hoping Kyle (Quast) can come back and play better."

Quast fired an 85 to place him in a tie for 68th. Helling shot 84 to land in a tie for 65th. Senior Dakota Waverek opened with a 79 to tie for 34th.

Israelson led the squad with a 71, which has him two strokes behind the leader and tied for second.

"It was one of those rounds that I wasn't really feeling it at the beginning," said Andrew Israelson. "It all flowed together. I just made a lot of pars. Then on the back nine I had one birdie and I made bogey on the second to last hole.

"It was kind of like my second day at sections. I hit every single green on the first nine holes. Then on the second nine I was scrambling."

Israelson fired nines of 37-34 to tie Mankato East's Carter Haley and trail only Austin vanSytzama of Delano.

"I'm just going to stick with what I'm doing and let the field come to me," said Israelson. "Hopefully I can putt out a victory. My goal is top five. If I shoot the same thing tomorrow that should happen."

Class 2A Boys Golf

Team scores: 1-Providence Academy 300, 2-Middle East 306, 3-Fergus Falls 308, 4-Blake 314, 5-Marshall 314, 6-Virginia 315, 7-Staples-Motley 319, 8-Byron 333

First-round leader: Austin vanSytzama (Delano) 69

Staples-Motley results: 2t-Andrew Israelson 37-34 - 71, 34t-Dakota Waverek 38-41 - 79, 65t-Tyler Helling 40-44 - 84, 68t-Kyle Quast 39-46 - 85, 85-Lucas Jimenez 48-51 - 99, 86-Finn Erholtz 56-53 - 109

Class 2A Girls golf

Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 293, 2-Red Wing 326, 3-Pequot Lakes 328, 4-Minnewaska 341, 5-Osakis 366, 6-Visitation 367, 7-Jordan 371, 8-Breck 371

First-round leader

Pequot Lakes results: 2t-Maggie Heggerston 36-37 -73, 19t-Amanda Nies 40-41 - 81, 33t-Sam Olmscheid 45-42 - 87, 33t-Megan Snyder 41-46 - 87, 33t-Alex Stone 44-43 - 87, 78t-Bella Abear 52-56 - 108

Pierz results: 25t-Jessica Hawks 42-43 - 85

Staples-Motley results: 11t-Emily Israelson 38-40 - 78

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 30t-Heather Theisen 46-40 — 86

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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