Girls Golf: Elder Krieger gets family bragging rights
The Brainerd Warriors hosted the Classic Invite at The Classic at Madden's Resort.
EAST GULL LAKE — Through 17 holes, the leaderboard Wednesday, May 26, for The Classic Invite had two Kriegers sitting at 5-over-par.
The two sisters drove to The Classic together for a rare battle. During most of the prep season, the two siblings don’t face each other. Anna Krieger is a senior for the Brainerd Warriors. Morgan Krieger is a sophomore for the Pequot Lakes Patriots.
Wednesday’s round meant a little more for the two sisters.
“I had a lot of motivation because I really wanted to beat her,” Anna Kreiger said. “I hope she plays well, too. I want to beat her, but I hope she plays well, too.”
Those were Anna’s words after she finished her round with an 80 and was waiting for her sister to finish her round.
With birdies on three of the five Par 5s, Anna was sitting 4-over through 16. But a bogey and a triple bogey to finish her round pushed her to 8-over.
“Lately, I’ve been really struggling with my irons so today I really focused hard with my irons,” Anna Krieger said. “I didn’t really have a lot of putts drop today so that really hurt me. My putting has been pretty good lately, but I mean, it’s the Classic. I just tried to play smart and hit some good shots.
“I just tried to par every hole. That was my goal. I hit it close on a few holes and made the putt, but my goal was to just par. Get on the green and two-putt.”
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Morgan Krieger was sitting at 5-over with just four holes to play, but three straight bogeys and a double to finish pushed her to an 82.
“I’m a little frustrated because I was so close. Not having those three-putts would have helped me a lot. I didn’t look at the leaderboard at all. My round was good until the end and then I had a couple of three-putts that got me a little upset.”
It would have been a rare victory for Morgan against her sister, but the younger Krieger had confidence going into Wednesdays’ round. She fired a first-place 86 to win her first varsity match at Wapicada Golf Club Tuesday, May 25.
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“I was confident,” Morgan Krieger said. “I wasn’t hitting the ball great (Tuesday), but it felt good to hit the ball better today so I was a little more confident than normal.”
Morgan Krieger started on the 10th hole and birdied holes 15, 16 and 3 to find herself at 2-over through 12 holes. Then the bogeys appeared.
Anna Kreiger’s 80 was good enough to place her third individually. Teammates Katie Foley and Sophia Karsnia both shot 82 to tie for fifth with Morgan Kreiger.
Those three top-five finishes and a 15th-place 90 from Izzy Olson led the Warriors to second place behind Alexandria, which was led by individual medalist Hannah Boraas, who carded a 1-under 71. Teammate Cora Larson was second with a 77.
Morgan Krieger led her Patriots to a fourth-place finish with Detroit Lakes in third.
Maddie Pederson fired an 89 followed by Genevieve Birkeland’s 91 and Ellie Ouradnik’s 100.
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Pequot was the top 2A school in the field and is a team to watch in the 6-2A tournament.
“I’m pretty confident,” Morgan Krieger said. “I just need to put up two decent days, which I haven’t played a lot of two-day tournaments so that will be interesting. As a team, we haven’t played our best during our tournaments (at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club) so if we all just play a little better I feel like … I don’t know. I don’t want to jinx us.”
Brainerd has one more regular-season competition before its Section 8-3A tournament at Headwaters in Park Rapids. Anna Krieger is a lot more confident now than she was two weeks ago.
“I’m trying to get my irons honed in and then just work on my putting and chipping,”
Anna Krieger said. “I just want to make sure I’m confident with my putter and my chipping just so it’s OK to miss greens.
“I’m finally getting my irons back to normal and I’m happy. I’m getting a lot more confidence heading into the week of sections. I’m gaining a lot of confidence. If you talked to me at the beginning of the year, I didn’t have any confidence, but I’ve gained a lot these last few weeks.”
Pierz, led by Emily Virnig’s 90, finished ninth, but was the second 2A school in the field. Ellie Fischer was next with a 100 for the Pioneers.
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Karsnia’s 82 featured a front nine 39 as she opened with seven straight pars. The freshman shot a 43 on the back. She concluded with 11 pars, five bogeys and two doubles.
Foley’s 82 came with a front-nine 40 and a back-nine 42.
“I just tried to let everything go and play my game,” Foley said. “I had a few not-so-good holes in there. It took me a while to get used to the green speed, but once I did, some putts dropped. I really had no expectations going in.
“I’ve only played there twice and the greens were a little quicker than what I was used to. It’s The Classic. Their greens are always going to be a little bit trickier and that’s what makes the course tough, but they were great greens today.”
Three double bogeys sprinkled her scorecard, but the junior veteran rebounded with a birdie after two of them and a par after the other.
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“For me, it’s all about mindset,” Foley said. “I think it helps me when I put that pressure on myself to try and set a goal afterward of trying to play the next four holes at 1-under or something like that. It was pretty important confidence-wise to get those birdies and just try to stay level-headed.”
Unlike most players Wednesday, Foley didn’t implode down the stretch. She finished her last four holes at just 2-over.
“I was just kind of in a groove,” Foley said. “I didn’t finish the last few holes as well as I wanted. I just set another goal and wanted to stay even to finish the round. On the last hole, I had a shot that just barely hit a branch so I didn’t get to the green and I ended up two-putting. I just tried to brush it off and said we’ll get it next time.”
And after a two-day event at Bunker Hills, next time will be the section tournament.
“I’m pretty confident,” Foley said. “I really enjoy Headwaters and I feel like I’m on the verge of playing good golf. Developmentally I’ve come a long way over the last few years. I’m just excited. Any time I get the opportunity to compete it’s always fun and a pleasure.”
Team scores: 1-Alexandria 317, 2-Brainerd 334, 3-Detroit Lakes 351, 4-Pequot Lakes 362, 5-Buffalo 377, 6-Bemidji 397, 7-Sartell 398, 8-Moorhead 405, 9-Pierz 418, 10-Willmar 426, 11-Monticello 440
Individual medalist: Hannah Boraas (Alex) 71
Brainerd results: Anna Krieger 80, Katie Foley 82, Sophia Karsnia 82, Izzy Olson 90, Anna Angland 93, Kiley Jendro 108, Madelyn Holmstrom 108, Karley Dunham 116, Libby Lake 120
Pequot Lakes results: Morgan Krieger 82, Maddie Pederson 89, Genevieve Birkeland 91, Ellie Ouradnik 100, Annie Neva 104
Pierz results: Emily Virnig 90, Ellie Fischer 100, Tiffany Virnig 106, Kaylee Gruber 122, Joleen Weyer 131, Cameryn Herold 137
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Individual highlight: Anna Krieger carded 3 birdies to shoot 80
Team highlight: Brainerd landed three girls in the top five to place 2nd
Next: Brainerd in Bunker Hills Invite, Coon Rapids, 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 28; Pequot Lakes, Pierz in Section 6-2A tournament at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Friday, June 4.