Girls Golf: Warrior girls poised for big season
The Brainerd Warrior girls golf team is scheduled to open the season April 14 in Alexandria.
BRAINERD — The good news is the Brainerd Warriors return all but one player from last year’s team.
The bad news is that player was Anna Krieger who finished 17th in the Class 3A State Tournament.
Making matters worse is that Section 8-3A champion Alexandria returns everyone from its title team.
But the Warriors won’t be a pushover as it returns two more players with state tournament experience and three other girls who figured into varsity team scores.
Senior Katie Foley returns after finishing tied for 31st in last year’s state tournament. She was fifth in the section meet with a two-day 157.
Foley, a six-year varsity veteran, signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend school and play golf next year at St. Mary’s University.
“I would think that Katie will just be able to relax and just play and enjoy the final year,” Warrior head coach Todd Person said. “Hopefully it ends with a trip back to state either as an individual, but we’d like to do it as a team.
“She’s a super hard worker and it’s paid off for her.”
Junior Izzy Olson finished tied for 24th at state last year with a two-day 160. As a sophomore, she opened the section tournament with a scintillating 70 and finished third with a 152.
“Like Katie, this is her fifth year on the team,” Person said. “She started right away as a seventh grader as well. She really has just taken off in the last year and a half. She’s put in a lot of work with (PGA teaching professional) Ryan Sharpe and has just reaped the benefits of all of her hard work.
“Every tournament that she goes to, she’s a contender.”
Who knows what will happen with that sixth spot.
Anna Angland placed 10th in the section meet with a 167. The senior returns with a captain’s role this season.
“Anna is just a real quiet person and does what she needs to do,” Person said. “She’s just been an amazing player for us over the last year. We didn’t get a season two years ago and I was kind of expecting her to break out at that time and last year she really started to light things up. She had a great round for us in the first round of sections for us last year. She’s really doing well and that’s been fun to see.”
Sophomore Sophia Karsnia fired a 171 at sections to tie for 12th. The varsity veteran often figured into the team score last season.
“We just need Sophia to be more consistent,” Person said. “She would have some rounds that really showed some great scores and then she would struggle at times. If we can get some more consistency over the course of the season, especially on those back-to-back days at the section tournament, that would be great.
“She hits the ball really well and has good length off the tee. She’s definitely a huge part of this team.”
Freshman Madelyn Holmstrom is the final returner.
“We had a bunch of eighth graders who came up and played a bunch with the varsity and junior varsity last year,” Person said. “Maddie was one of them along with Libby Lake, Karlie Dunham and Kiley Jendro. They all have experience with both nine- and 18-hole events. It’s just fantastic to see them all back as freshmen.
“Maddie loves to play golf. She’s always got a smile on her face and it will be fun to see. She put in a lot of work both in the summer and the offseason over the winter and it’s going to be exciting.”
The fight for the sixth varsity position will be a battle. Person will have to choose between junior Camdyn Marohn, whose work with Sharpe over the offseason has her swing looking solid, said Person. There are also a number of freshmen that have the potential to move up in Kiley Jendro, Libby Lake and Karlie Dunham.
“It will be open to whoever shows they can do it,” Person said. “We also have a couple of eighth graders in Afton Matteson and Marcella Timmons who both play a lot of golf as well. Who knows what will happen with that sixth spot.”
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Head coach: Todd Person (10th year)
2021 finish: Second in CLC, first in Section 8-3A, 7th in Class 3A State meet
Returning state team members: Izzy Olson, Katie Foley
Assistant coach: Leah Rasmussen
Captains: Foley, Anna Angland
Seniors: Anna Angland, Katie Foley
Juniors: Camdyn Marohn, Izzy Olson
Sophomores: Addison Wirz, Sophia Karsnia, Peyton LeMieur
Freshmen: Karlie Dunham, Maddie Holmstrom, Kiley Jendro, LIbby Lake, Betty Northway, Taya Turcotte
Eighth graders: Afton Matteson, Marcella Timmons
April 14: CLC meet at Alexandria 3:30 p.m.
April 19: CLC meet at Sauk Rapids 3:30 p.m.
April 26: CLC meet at Cold Springs 3:30 p.m.
May 2: CLC mee at Madden’s Pine Beach East 4 p.m.
May 9: CLC meet at Sartell 4 p.m.
May 10: Staples-Motley Invite at Gravel Pit Par 3 9 a.m.
May 12: at St. Cloud Invite 9 a.m.
May 13: Section 8-3A Presection
May 16: CLC meet at Fergus Falls 4 p.m.
May 17: CLC meet at Willmar 4 p.m.
May 18: at Classic Invite at Madden’s Resort
May 31: Section 8-3A first day
June 1: Section 8-2A Final