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RRC edged by Lakeview, Minneota

MARSHALL -- At the turn, the Red Rock Central Falcons were in the lead over Lakeview and Minneota, and with nine holes to play, it was any team's tournament.

"We had the lead at the turn and thought we had a good chance to in it," RRC head coach Steve Wegman said. "But the lowest scores from Lakeview and Minneota were too much to overcome."

A round of 82 from Lakeview's Andria Hinz and an 88 by Minneota's Melissa Konold were enough to push both teams past the Falcons, who had to settle for third place as a team at Friday's Section 3A golf tournament at the Marshall Country Club.

Lakeview (390) won out over Minneota (393) and RRC (396) to advance to the state tournament, June 3-6 at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

"That's the best they've shot all around, and we've come close to shooting 200 for nine holes a few times this year and just didn't do it," Wegman said. "Now we played 18 and broke 400, so we're very happy."

Caitlyn DeCock paced the Falcons with a 94. Alyse Quade followed with a 99, while Sara DeCock and Alison Kircher carded rounds of 101 and 102, respectively.

"I had a lot of putts that were right there, but didn't fall," Caitlyn DeCock said. "Everything else was right on, pretty much, and I tried to play it safe. The wind didn't have much of an affect on my round."

"As a team, this is the best we've ever shot," DeCock continued. "Shooting 396 is pretty good, and even though we got third, everybody was happy."

DeCock's 94 was good enough to qualify her individually for the state tournament.

The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers placed fourth as a team, shooting 443 on the day.

Alexis Quade led the Chargers with a 103. Whitney Frank was second-best for W-WG with a 112, while Ellie Vondracek and Danielle Osland shot 114 apiece to round out the team score. Morganne Knakmuhs turned in a 121 and Kylie Erickson shot a 130.

Tracy-Milroy Balaton's Vickie Lau rode a rollercoaster of emotions before carding an individual second-place round of 88. Before the first nine holes were complete, Lau thought she might have been disqualified for an inadvertent touch of the ball.

Lau's coach Randy McIntire urged her to keep playing and try to forget about the miscue.

"I was really scared and didn't really want to keep going," said Lau, who was playing in her first section tournament. "But coach said to finish it out and see how I do. I kept going, and in the middle, he told me I might still have a chance, so I kept trying. I'm glad I stayed with it."

Southwest Christian's Jenni VanderVeen and Emaleigh Vreeman each carded a 97, and Adrian's Brittany Loosbrock equaled their efforts to force a playoff for the final individual state tournament berth.

Vreeman bowed out after one hole, while VanderVeen and Loosbrock went to a fifth hole to decide who would go to the tournament.

In the end, Loosbrock birdied No. 5, while VanderVeen pared -- giving the Adrian golfer the final position.

"I got it done," a visibly winded Loosbrock said. "I took a two-stroke penalty on No. 5 the first time, which set me back a bit. My third shot on No. 5 in the playoff was two inches from the hole, so I just had to putt it in."

Both VanderVeen and Vreeman had solid rounds to make it to the playoff.

"I drove the ball pretty straight and I chipped well," VanderVeen said. "My putting could have been better, and I went out of bounds twice on No. 14. Even with that, I still shot my best-ever round."

An eighth-grader at SWC, Vreeman will likely be back next year to vie for a state tournament berth.

"My drives were pretty straight and I made some long putts," Vreeman said. "The wind and the trees gave me a few problems, but it was a pretty good round for me."

Fulda's Chrissy Wieskus and Amanda Wilkening each shot 101 on the day, while Southwest Star Concept's Elizabeth Paul carded a 117.