State golf: Windom Area in good position; Christensen leads MCC boys
BECKER — The Windom Area girls finished Day 1 of the Class A state golf tournament just 15 strokes out of first place; and the best may be yet to come.
“It’s normal for everyone to have some jitters on the first day of the state tournament,” Eagles coach Dave Eyberg said. “I think we’ll be more relaxed tomorrow and hopefully we’ll see the scores come down a little bit.”
A team score of 379 put Windom Area in fourth place. When they resume play at 8:15 a.m. today on the White Course at Pebble Creek Golf Course, the Eagles will be looking up at BOLD (365), Legacy Christian Academy (367) and Filmore Central (369).
Individually, Murray County Central’s Adam Christensen led the way among area golfers when he finished Day 1 in a tie for second place by shooting a 37 on the front side of Pebble Creek and a 39 coming back in to card a 76. It put him just one stroke behind Day 1 leader Nathaniel Kahlbaugh of Mahnomen/Waubun.
In Class AA, Worthington junior Will Mulder shot an 86 at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.
Christensen’s performance helped the Rebel boys to a team total of 355, good for seventh place. They are, however, only two strokes out of fifth and just six shy of fourth.
On the girls’ side, Abby Herding of Westbrook-Walnut Grove wrapped up her first day at state with a consistent round of 80 during which she shot a 40 on both ends. That put her in third place as an individual. Windom Area’s Kelsey Hanefeld wasn’t too far behind, ending her day with an 87 to pace the Eagles’ fourth-place effort.
“Kelsey, with her we know her scores are going to be solid,” Eyberg said. “She’s been one of our leaders all year. Leah, her little sister, she’s played much better towards the end of the season. I know on the back nine she was playing really well. I think she ended up with a quad on her last hole. She was only 6-over going into that last hole.”
Leah Hanefeld gave the Eagles their second-best score of the day when she finished at 92. Maitland Vollan and Emily Jackson rounded out the Windom Area team score with a 96 and a 104, respectively. Leah Hanefeld enters Day 2 in a tie for 19th, Vollan in a tie for 37th and Jackson in a tie for 54th.
Miki Bolin and Marissa Cartwright matched each other’s totals with a 106 each, though neither factored into the team total for the Eagles.
“All-in-all it was a good day,” Eyberg said. “We’re used to having four scores under 100. We did that pretty much all season but today we had to take one over 100. Still, we’re only 15 shots out of the lead. That’s really not that much. I think the girls are feeling confident and feeling pretty good about how things went today.”
For MCC in the boys’ tournament Tuesday afternoon, Grant Everson gave his team a solid round of 83 with a 40 going out and a 43 after the turn. Tyler Groves and Jaden Boerboom rounded things off for the Rebels with a 95 and a 101.
Brad Schreiber and Jack Pierson ended the day with scores of 108 and 111 on what Eyberg said was a challenging course at Pebble Creek.
“There are a lot of fairway bunkers and the sand is even a little bit different,” he said. “Also, they’ve had an enormous amount of rain here so there are some squishy spots all over the course. Not just in the roughs but even on some of the fairways.”
Individually in the Class A boys tournament, Adrian’s Ben Henning ended the first day of competition in a tie for 10th. He came in with an 80 to finish two strokes ahead of Aaron Walzak of Mountain Lake Area, who carded an 82 to tie for 13th. Dylan Pigman and Kyle Antes of Windom Area played similar rounds and they’ll go into Day 2 sitting at 89 and 90.
In Class AA, Mulder got out to a rough start but recovered to card his 86.
He opened up the day with a 46 on the front side at Ridges. After making the turn, he shot a 40 on what is generally the more difficult portion of the course to enter Day 2 in a tie for 73rd individually. In a tight field, making up five shots today would move Mulder up 25 spots.