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Girls Golf: Warriors feel positive about fourth-place finish in presection

Presection 8-3A Individual highlight: Julia Wallace shot a fifth-place 83 Team highlight: Brainerd posted a fourth-place finish Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Alexandria 4:30 p.m. Monday PEQUOT LAKES--Senior Maren Pelowski was...

Julia Wallace hits the ball Thursday during the Presection 8-3A meet at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)
Julia Wallace hits the ball Thursday during the Presection 8-3A meet at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)

Presection 8-3A

Individual highlight: Julia Wallace shot a fifth-place 83

Team highlight: Brainerd posted a fourth-place finish

Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Alexandria 4:30 p.m. Monday

PEQUOT LAKES-Senior Maren Pelowski was all about positive energy Thursday.

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That positivity must have spread to the rest of the Brainerd Warriors team as they finished fourth in the Presection 8-3A meet at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge.

While Pelowski was preaching positivity, senior Julia Wallace was leading in the scoring column with her fifth-place 83.

"First of all, I really wanted to stay with those top girls from the other teams and I did that pretty well until the end," said Wallace. "As far as the course, I just wanted to map out my game plan for sections. I got to play here last weekend and did a little bit of it. Seeing where the tee boxes are and getting a feel for a competitive round here at this course was good."

The presection is a practice round for all Section 8-3A teams prior to the two-day section tournament May 31-June 1. If Wallace can start her section round like she did Thursday, she'll be in fine condition. Wallace, who started on hole 3, was 2-over after seven holes. She started the back nine with three straight bogeys, but a birdie on the par-4 14th and the par-5 first hole helped offset those.

"Last year was a little disappointing because I was fourth going into the second day (of the section tournament) and the top five advance," Wallace said. "I think I ended up seventh. This year, definitely, state is the goal. I think it will be reachable. I think I will have a shot of getting into that top five.

"But being able to play today with Bridget (Amundson from Alexandria) and the girl from Bemidji and figuring out how they're going to play the course helped. Bridget is an aggressive player as well. That was nice to do that and she's the one-if I can stay with her then I know I'll be in good position."

Pelowski put herself in good position as she shot 93. She posted a 50 on her front nine, but scored a 43 on the back.

"Honestly, I didn't have much of a game plan," said Pelowski. "I just wanted to be very optimistic most of the time and pretty much my thought process throughout the whole day was, 'It's OK. It doesn't count.' I just wanted to get a feel for the course."

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Abby Pohlkamp fired a 94 with nines of 52-42 and Annika Christiansen shot 95 for the Warriors. Maggie Mattson shot 96 and Alexis Menghini shot 100 to round out the Warriors' lineup.

Pelowski shot a matching 93 at Madden's Pine Beach East during a Central Lakes Conference meet Tuesday. She surprised herself by matching it Thursday.

"I'm going to approach sections pretty much the same as today," Pelowski said. "I just want to be positive about it. When I get it in my head, then I start playing worse. Negativity does that. Yeah, pretty much the same as today because I was happy with today."

The Warriors will have two and half weeks to get even more positive about sections. Confidence-wise, Wallace is close.

"I'm playing a lot better than I expected it to go," said Wallace. "It was exciting shooting 78 a few weeks ago. That was huge for my confidence.

"Today, I really thought I could get into the 70s, too. It came down to those last few holes. They didn't go as planned. Overall my swing is good. My putting still needs some work, but I'm getting from tee to hole a lot quicker than I used to. I'm just keeping my head down and swinging through it."

Team scores: 1-Buffalo 343, 2-Alexandria 365, 3-Bemidji 357, 4-Brainerd 365, 5-St. Cloud Tech 393, 6-Sartell 400, 7-Willmar 408, 8-Monticello 409, 9-Moorhead 417, 10-Big Lake 435, 11t-St. Cloud Apollo inc., 11t-Sauk Rapids inc.

Individual medalist: Bridget Amundson (Alex) 79

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Brainerd results: Julia Wallace 83, Maggie Mattson 96, Maren Pelowski 93, Abby Pohlkamp 94, Alexis Menghini 100, Annika Christiansen 95, Ellie Bymark 103, Katie Foley 94

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