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GIRLS GOLF: Three area golfers in top seven after first round

NISSWA — Emily Israelson of Staples-Motley was in third place, Jenny Muesing of Brainerd was sixth and Erika Schwalbe of Pequot Lakes seventh following the first round of the Warrior/Patriot Invite at the Pines on Wednesday. 

Israelson shot an 81 to trail first-day leader Tabitha Kunst of Duluth East by five shots. Muesing shot 85 and Schwalbe 88.

Pequot Lakes was in sixth place, Staples-Motley ninth and Brainerd 10th.

“I was pleased to finally get outside and play a full 18-round,” Warriors co-head coach Brian Stark said. “It’s the first time the girls have done that this season, they hadn’t been out on the course a whole lot, but a couple times. 

“I was pleased how they persevered. It started out warm. By the end of the day it was snowing, and sleeting. 

“I know the girls weren’t pleased with their scores overall, but given it was their first 18-round I was pleased. I told them that (Thursday) is supposed to be a better day. Forget about today, (Thursday’s) a new day.

“I know Jenny wanted to have a better score. She struggled a little bit, but an 85 for her first 18-hole round is a good score.”

Crosby-Ironton was in 14th place, led by Abby Smith’s 122.

The tournament wraps up Thursday with 18 holes at the Preserve.

Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 357, Grand Rapids 357, 3-Duluth East 366, 4-St. Cloud Apollo 372, 5-Hermantown 374, 6-Pequot Lakes 376, 7-Bemidji 392, 8-Sartell 393, 9-Staples-Motley 395, 10-Brainerd 396, 11-Moorhead 410, 12-Fergus Falls 414, 13-Park Rapids 449, 14-Crosby-Ironton 517

Medalist: Tabitha Kunst (DE) 76

Brainerd results: Jenny Muesing 85, Brittany Bostrom 98, Hannah Moen 106, Katie Lippo 107, Shannon Chalupsky 109, Molly Aga 127

Crosby-Ironton results: Abby Smith 122, Ashton Austen 126, Lara Turnbloom 129, Amy Spaid 140, Merissa Louks 142, Lexie Tauzel 157

Pequot Lakes results: Erika Schwalbe 88, Sam Olmscheid 92, Savannah Stone 97, Maggie Haggerston 99, Mariah Reed 116, Morgan Lohmiller 125

Staples-Motley results: Emily Israelson 81, Kristine Schneider 93, Kylee Helling 105, Lauren Nelson 116

Next: Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley in Warrior/Patriot Invite at the Preserve 9 a.m. Thursday.