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Class 2A Golf: Pequot girls stay in third

Class 2A Golf Team: Pequot Lakes Girls placed third Boys Individual: Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson tied for fourth; Little Falls' Kyler Erdman tied for 33rd Girls Individual: Pierz's Jessica Hawks tied for 31st It's all about attitude for And...

Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson punches out of the bunker Wednesday on hole 14 of Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan during the Class 2A state boys golf tournament.
Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson punches out of the bunker Wednesday on hole 14 of Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan during the Class 2A state boys golf tournament.

Class 2A Golf

Team: Pequot Lakes Girls placed third

Boys Individual: Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson tied for fourth; Little Falls' Kyler Erdman tied for 33rd

Girls Individual: Pierz's Jessica Hawks tied for 31st

It's all about attitude for Andrew Israelson.

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The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior gutted through the worst six holes of his Class 2A state tournament career to play the best 12 holes of the two-day tournament Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Israelson shot 3-under on his last 12 holes to finish with a 73 and a two-day 146, which landed him in a tie for fourth place. It wasn't what he wanted, but he's keeping the positive attitude.

"I grinded out a 73 today," Israelson said. "The first six holes were probably the worst six holes I've played. The last 12 holes I probably played the best golf of the tournament. My last 12 holes were the best I played on both days.

"I learned that attitude is the key. You just need to keep your head up. You might be playing bad, but you can still chip and putt well and come out with a good score."

Israelson opened with a 73, which landed him six shots off the lead held and maintained by Blake sophomore Reece Sanders. Sanders followed his opening-round 67 with a 71 for a four-stroke victory.

Israelson, who knows Sanders, said he wasn't surprised the underclassman held on to win. Especially considering last year Israelson was the upstart sophomore.

"He deserved to win. I know Reece and he's good player and a pretty good kid," said Israelson.

Although he didn't defend his state title, Israelson wasn't too disappointed with finishing fourth.

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"I'm happy because I didn't play how I wanted to play, but I got away with it somewhat," Israelson said. "I didn't win, but I still played pretty good golf."

Kyler Erdman followed up his first-round 75 with a 79 Wednesday. The Little Falls senior tied for 33rd with his 154.

Pierz's Jessica Hawks followed her opening round of 82 with an 89 Wednesday. She struggled on the back with a 45, which was five shots more than Tuesday's opening round. The senior tied for 31st.

For Maggie Heggerston, her final round as a Pequot Lakes Patriots was bitter sweet.

The six-year varsity player, five-time Class 2A state meet participant, co-defending state champion, future University of Minnesota women's golf team member and all-around quality young adult posted a 74 today to land her in a tie for fourth place individually and help her team to third place.

Heggeston tied with Red Wing's Stephanie Herzog, who led her team to the state title with a 634. Pequot finished with a 645 as Alex Stone carded a 76, Amanda Neis an 84 and Megan Snyder an 86.

Detroit Lakes placed second and was led by four-time state individual champion Kate Smith who finished with a two-day 137. That was 13 strokes better than Heggerston, who shot two strokes better on the front nine for a 35 and matched her back nine score of 39.

"Maggie played great," said Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale. "She was playing with some stiff competition with Herzog and Jenna Janu and Kate Smith is a great golfer shooting 68-69. That's just good golf.

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"Maggie had a great career. Probably more special than anything is she gets to go play next year at the U. She has nothing to her hang her head about."

Stone shot rounds of 80-76 for her eighth-place 156. This is Stone's third state trip, but second this year as he helped Brainerd's Alpine ski team to a state title.

"Alex did great," Dale said. "She was only two over with three holes left, but just had a bad break on a ghole coming in. But then she just missed a birdie putt on 18. She's done well all year. She's the next great one if she isn't already. Plus, she just works so hard. She's a great athlete. She was the MVP of the state ski team. She was the section medalist for us. She's had some great rounds this year. And She's a great kid. It was fun to see her smiling up on the podium."

Nies tied for 22nd with her 166. Megan Snyder shaved two strokes off her opening round to finish in a tie for 37th individually. Sam Olmscheid tied for 44th and Bella Abear tied for 49th.

"We obviously wanted to win today, but Red Wing has six really good players and that wasn't a surprise that they won," Dale said. "But our girls are excited. You go back to that final hole (Tuesday) where we lost nine strokes. We were laughing about it today. We did much better. Most of the girls on this team finish with a fourth-, third-, second- and a third-place finish at state. That's not too bad. I'll be missing our three seniors."

Boys Team scores: 1t-Mankato East 602, 1t-Blake 602, 3-Holy Family 617, 4-St. Cloud Cathedral 627, 5-Triton 629 , 6-Crookston 635, 7-Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 644, 8-Worthington 645

State champion: Reece Sanders (Blake) 67-71 - 138

Little Falls results: 33t-Kyle Erdman 75-79 - 154

Staples-Motley results: 4t-Andrew Israelson 73-73 - 146

Girls Team scores: 1-Red Wing 634, 2-Detroit Lakes 637, 3-Pequot Lakes 645, 4-Minnewaska 660, 5-Breck 688, 6-St. Cloud Cathedral 732, 7-Blake 745, 8-Albert Lea 767

State champion: Katie Smith (Detroit Lakes) 68-69 - 137

Pequot Lakes results: 4t-Maggie Heggerston 76-74 - 150, 8t-Alex Stone 80-76 - 156, 22t-Amanda Nies 82-84 - 166, 37t-Megan Snyder 88-86 - 174, 44t-Sam Olmscheid 87-89 - 176, 49t-Bella Abear 87-90 - 177

Pierz results: 31t-Jessica Hawks 82-89 - 171

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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