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Girls Golf: Pequot's Stone tops field

EAST GULL LAKE--Alex Stone wasn't too pleased with her round Wednesday, but she still won. Julia Wallace had all but given up on her round at The Classic at Madden's Resort, but still placed in the top 10. The combination of a tough course and to...

Pequot Lakes Patriot Alex Stone studies the green Wednesday at the Classic at Madden’s Resort. Stone went on to score a 77 to become the medalist at the Classic Invite. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch
Pequot Lakes Patriot Alex Stone studies the green Wednesday at the Classic at Madden’s Resort. Stone went on to score a 77 to become the medalist at the Classic Invite. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch

EAST GULL LAKE-Alex Stone wasn't too pleased with her round Wednesday, but she still won.

Julia Wallace had all but given up on her round at The Classic at Madden's Resort, but still placed in the top 10.

The combination of a tough course and tough conditions dominated the field at the Brainerd Warriors Invite. Anyone breaking 100 had to feel good about themselves.

"This is a hard course, but I was only 1-over through five holes and I was thinking this is going OK," said Wallace. "Then I took a quad (4-over on one hole) and that just hit me like a ton of bricks. Then I just tried to forget about that hole, but I couldn't get anything going straight for me. I didn't get any of my putts to drop and hardly made any pars on the back, which was the downfall."

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Classic Invite

  • Individual highlight: Alex Stone shot 77 for medalist honors
  • Team highlight: Warriors shot 380 for third
  • Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Pebble Lake Golf Course, Fergus Falls 4 p.m. Thursday; Pierz in Central Minnesota Conference meet at Prairie View Golf Course, Brooten 9 a.m. Friday; at Osakis Country Club 1 p.m. Friday; Pequot Lakes at Menahga Invite, Blueberry Pines Golf course 10 a.m. Monday; Crosby-Ironton at Detroit Lakes Invite, Pine to Palm Golf Course 2 p.m. Tuesday

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Wallace shot 44 going out and came in with a 46 for her 90, which landed her in seventh place individually and led the Brainerd Warriors to third place. Alexandria won the team title with Minnewaska finishing second.

Wallace's big number came on the par 5 sixth hole, right after she bogeyed the No. 1 handicap hole to get to 1-over through five. Then came five straight bogeys. The senior did drain one par on the back.

"Overall, I'm hitting the ball really well," Wallace said. "I just need to get it in the hole faster. I had a lot of three putts, which didn't help anything. I would get to the green in two and then end up bogeying it.

"The mist and the rain definitely slowed the greens down. In the middle of the round, it was only misting, which was fine. Then toward the end, on our last three holes, it was raining and that on top of everything else made it worse and I was just kind of over the round by then and so it didn't help anything."

Seventh-grader Katie Foley shot 94 to post a top 15 finish. Annika Christiansen fired a 97 and Abby Pohlkamp scored a 99 for Brainerd's 380.

Stone's 77 led Pequot to fifth place. The Patriots' Anna Krieger also landed in the top 10 with her 91. Hayden Boelter shot 95 and Lachlan Larson shot 123 for Pequot's 386.

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Stone shot nines of 40-37 to win by one stroke over Ashlyn Guggisberg, who she was playing with.

"My first nine didn't go as well," said Stone. "I shot a 40 on that side. Then my second nine I shot 37 so I kind of came back from that. I was hitting the ball pretty good today. I could have used a couple less putts, but other than that I could have shaved a few strokes off, but in all it was a good day."

Stone was 4-over through six holes and parred out for her 40 on the front. She birdied the 372-yard par 5 10th hole and parred the next two before a bogey six on 13. Four straight pars followed with another bogey on 18 for her 37.

"There were definitely some holes you can attack and some holes you have to watch out and take your medicine so you don't get into trouble. I went for the pins today."

Stone said she wasn't pleased with the start to her senior year, but feels like things are moving in the right direction. Along with her win Wednesday, Stone captured the Mid-State Conference Monday.

"I'm finally figuring things out and I have two more weeks before sections so I should be playing at my best by then," said Stone. "My confidence level is pretty good. I've been shooting lower now. I'm back in the 70s. The first couple of rounds I shot in the 80s and I wasn't exactly sure of myself. I think I finally found the right swing."

Wadena-Deer Creek's Gabi Ross and Jess Rondestvedt each shot 94 for spots in the top 15.

Pierz finished 13th with a 454. Ellie Fischer's 109 paced the Pioneers.

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Team scores: 1-Alexandria 362, 2-Minnewaska 365, 3-Brainerd 380, 4-Bemidji 380, 5-Pequot Lakes 386, 6-Sartell 400, 7-Hopkins 402, 8-St. Cloud Tech 404, 9-Litchfield 406, 10-Moorhead 425, 11-St. Anthony Village 445, 12-Rocori 446, 13-Pierz 454, 14-Chisago Lakes 458, 15-Thief River Falls 463, 16-Big Lake 470, 17t-Brainerd 2 inc, 17t-Grand Rapids inc., 17t-Wadena-Deer Creek inc.

Individual medalist: Alex Stone (PL) 77

Brainerd results: Julia Wallace 90, Maggie Mattson 100, Abby Pohlkamp 99, Maren Pelowski 101, Katie Foley 94, Annika Christiansen 97, Alexis Menghini 103, Anne Campion 127, LIbby Zemke 100

Pequot Lakes results: Alex Stone 77, Anna Krieger 91, Elly Johnston 132, Hayden Boelter 95, Lachlan Larson 123, Maddie Pederson 137

Pierz results: Kami Athman 121, Katie LeBlanc 111, Brittany Talberg 118, Ellie Fischer 109, Emily Virnig 125, Abby Nelson 116

Wadena-Deer Creek results: Jess Rondestvedt 94, McKayla Woods 102, Gabi Ross 94

Pequot Lakes Patriot Alex Stone uses an iron Wednesday to drive her ball at the Classic at Madden’s Resort, Stone went on to become the medalist with a score of 77 at the Classic Invite. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch
Pequot Lakes Patriot Alex Stone uses an iron Wednesday to drive her ball at the Classic at Madden’s Resort, Stone went on to become the medalist with a score of 77 at the Classic Invite. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch

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