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Girls Golf: Moen qualifies for state, Warriors finish third

SAUK CENTRE - Brainerd's Hannah Moen topped off a successful senior year in athletics with a trip to state and the Warriors finished third on the final day of the Section 8-3A tournament Wednesday at Greystone Golf Club.

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Brainerd's Hannah Moen topped off a successful senior year in athletics with a trip to state and the Warriors finished third on the final day of the Section 8-3A tournament Wednesday at Greystone Golf Club. Brainerd Dispatch

SAUK CENTRE - Brainerd's Hannah Moen topped off a successful senior year in athletics with a trip to state and the Warriors finished third on the final day of the Section 8-3A tournament Wednesday at Greystone Golf Club.

Moen was a member of the Warriors' state championship Alpine skiing team this past winter.

"It's a good way to cap off my senior year of golfing," Moen said. "I kind of wanted to make another trip to state in a different sport."

Moen, who finished fourth, was 2-under-par after four holes Wednesday.

"Then she had a couple bogeys in a row," Warriors coach Todd Person said. "On the 10th, she put up a big number but she kind of fought through that and made a heck of an up and down to save bogey. She made three bogeys in a row, then she pretty much beared down.

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"She came into the 17th just 3 over par knowing she had a good round. She struggled on that hole with a double but she really just did the things she needed to do to keep big numbers off her card and it paid off."

Moen whittled two strokes off her opening-round 80 to card a 2-day total of 158. She finished only two shots out of second and one stroke out of third.

"I was hitting my drives really good today," she said. "It was nice to have a little advantage being longer off the tee. I was happy they were going straight today. Then my putting was all right too so that was nice."

Brainerd improved two shots from Tuesday's opening-round 367. Emily Aga finished 15th with a 182 total, Julia Wallace 24th at 194 and CJ Kendall 29th at 198.

Buffalo was champion with a 675 total. Runner-up Alexandria finished at 707 folloed by Brainerd's 732.

"We knew it was going to be tough to catch Alex for second," Person said. "We kind of put that as our goal ... but we just weren't able to do that.

"But overall the girls felt good about how they played. Emily and Julia know there's room for improvement. We'll be back at Greystone next year. They'll be excited to be there."

Moen will play a practice round June 8 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, site of the 3A state tournament. The tournament begins the next day.

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"Hannah's excited to be able to make another trip to state after the ski season she had," Person said. "It should be exciting for her to finish her senior year. She's worked hard over the last several years. It's good to get something out of all that hard work."

Final team scores: 1-Buffalo 331-344-675, 2-Alexandria 360-347-707, 3-Brainerd 367-365-732, 4-Moorhead 376-367-743, 5-St. Cloud Tech 380-366-746, 6-Bemidji 374-375-749

Individual section champion: Natalie Amundson (Alx) 80-72-152

Individual state qualifiers: Amundson, 3-Mandy Boyle (Moor) 80-77-157, 4-Hannah Moen (Brd) 80-78-158, 5-Morgan Williams (Bem) 82-81-163, 6-Marren Pfannenstein (Tech) 82-82-164

Brainerd results: 15-Emily Aga 91-91-182, 24-Julia Wallace 99-95-194, 29-CJ Kendall 97-101-198, 43-Faith Bohnenstingl 106-106-212, 44-Rachel Cleveland 115-102-217

Next: Brainerd's Hannah Moen in Class 3A state tournament, Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids, June 9-10.

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