EAST GULL LAKE-It was looking like an average round for Katie Foley.
Then she hit the back nine.
The Brainerd Warrior freshmen carded a 1-over-par 37 Wednesday, May 15, on the back nine of The Classic at Madden's. That propelled her to a sixth-place 83 and led the Warriors to third place in the Brainerd Invite.
"It was a little bit of a rough front nine, but the back nine came back and shot one over," Foley said. "I was hitting a lot of greens. My putts, I had a good birdie. I left a few short, but then I was able to make that second putt and keep that par going.
"I really just hit the reset button when I made the turn there."
Foley opened with a front-nine 46 despite almost knocking in her tee shot on the par 3 seventh. The birdie was followed by a double and triple bogey.
Then the three-year varsity veteran hit the back nine and opened with three pars. A double bogey 7 on the par 5 13 was followed by another birdie and she hit pars the rest of the way for her 37.
"The highlight of the day was hole seven, I almost made that hole-in-one," Foley said. "I was 2 inches away. I came into today with no expectations, to be honest. I just kind of like to go in with none and then if things go rough, like they did today, I can just hit that reset button and turn it around."
Anna Krieger fired a 12th-place 88 followed by Abby Pohlkamp's 90 and Sophie Karsnia's 19th-place 93 to hand Brainerd its 354 team score, which trailed just first-place Minnewaska and second-place Detroit Lakes.
"We've been lower and we're capable of going lower, but this is a tough course," Warriors head coach Todd Person said. "There were a lot of three and four putts out there. It was frustrating. The greens are necessarily faster than other greens that we played, but there is just so much break and they're difficult to read. That can be a frustration and can really test your patience when you get going."
The Pierz Pioneers landed in eighth place with Kami Athman posting a 20th-place 93. Katie LeBanc fired a 95 followed by Emily Virnig's 100 and Ellie Fischer's 102 for Pierz's 390.
Maddie Pederson fired a 98 and Morgan Krieger a 99 for the 11th-place Pequot Lakes Patriots.
Anna Krieger struggled on the front nine as well for the Warriors with a 47, but rebounded with a 41 on the back.
"Anna, the way that she hits the ball and the length that she has off the tee, she's always capable of scoring low," Person said. "She's put up scores in the low 80s and 70s and she's doing that now. She's not necessarily as consistent as she wants, but she is showing that she can do it and she has such a good mental attitude."
Pohlkamp shot 42 on the front and 48 on the back and Karsnia, a seventh grader, also opened better with a 44 followed by a 49 on the back.
"Sophia Karsnia is a really good player and she works hard on her game," said Person. "As far as her age, she really plays smart out on the course. She's not making the wrong club selections and she's taking what the course gives her. Her course management is far beyond what a normal seventh grader would be and that's really helped her. She's been pushing all season long for one of those varsity spots and it's helped the team overall work harder and do a little bit more in practice and push."
Brainerd's other team saw Ellie Bymark shoot 93 and Anna Angland fire a 95 as it finished 10th overall.
"Looking last week at the presection meet, Anna Krieger would have been third overall which would have put her in the top five in order to get to the state tournament," Person said. "Izzy Olson certainly has a chance with the way she's hitting the ball. She struggled today, but she's really, overall, playing well. Katie is getting really good in a hurry and is peaking at the right time."
Team scores: 1-Minnewaska 328, 2-Detroit Lakes 345, 3-Brainerd 354, 4-Bemidji 375, 5-Litchfield 383, 6-Marshall 385, 7-Sartell 387, 8-Pierz 390, 9-Moorhead 393, 10-Brainerd Blue 394, 11-Pequot Lakes 404, 12-Fergus Falls 413, 13-Morris 418, 14-Rocori 456, 15-Grand Rapids 471
Individual medalist: Anna Cihak (DL) 78
Brainerd results: 6-Katie Foley 83, 12-Anna Krieger 88, 15-Abby Pohlkamp 90, 19-Sophie Karsnia 93, 23-Alexis Menghini 94, 39-Izzy Olson 100
Brainerd Blue results: 22-Ellie Bymark 93, 28-Anna Angland 95, 47- Brielle Stenglein 103, 51-Kylie Christenson 103
Pequot Lakes results: 33-Maddie Pederson 98, 34-Morgan Krieger 99, 43-Ruby Seidl 101, 56-Morgan Lueck 106, 57-Lachlan Larson 106, 72-Eva Mumm 115
Pierz results: 20-Kami Athman 93, 27-Katie LeBlanc 95, 38-Emily Virnig 100, 46-Ellie Fischer 102, 53-Abby Nelson 105, 73-Laura Tautges 115
Individual highlight: Brainerd's Katie Foley placed 6th
Team winner: Warriors fired third-place 345
Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16; Pierz in Central Minnesota Conference meet at Kimball Golf Club 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 16; Pequot Lakes at Fergus Falls Invite at Pebble Lake Golf Course 9 a.m. Friday, May 17.