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Big South Conference golf: Benson happy with round at wet conference championship

WORTHINGTON -- It was a pretty good day, but not one of her best days. Even so, Jackson County Central senior Abby Benson had a ready smile after carding an 89 Monday at the Big South Conference golf tournament. Because all-conference honors are ...

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Jackson County Central golfer Abby Benson makes a tee shot during Monday's Big South Conference golf tournament at the Worthington Country Club. Benson clinched second place overall in the all-conference standings. ( Doug Wolter / Daily Globe )

WORTHINGTON -- It was a pretty good day, but not one of her best days.

Even so, Jackson County Central senior Abby Benson had a ready smile after carding an 89 Monday at the Big South Conference golf tournament.

Because all-conference honors are weighted on the entire season (with 60 percent hanging on regular season meets and 40 percent on the conference tournament), Benson was still able to finish as the No. 2-rated golfer in the conference -- not a bad feat.

“I did have a chance (for first),” she said. “In the second round I just couldn’t pull it together today.”

Benson came by her 89 with a 41 score on the first nine and a 48 on the second nine.

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“I couldn’t hit the ball straight. I was just pulling everything. That can hurt you,” she said. “I would’ve been satisfied with a low 80. Last year at the section meet (at Buffalo Lake) I shot a 77.”

After a rainy weekend, the Worthington Country Club course was a wet one on Monday. Some golfers complained of fast greens, others of sticky fairways.

Windom Area golfer Hallie Will shot an outstanding 83 on Monday, with consistent rounds of 42 and 41 strokes. She finished sixth in the all-conference standings, two spots below teammate Paige Pigman (42-44 -- 86) and one spot ahead of Worthington’s Anneke Weg (40-47 -- 87).

Eighteen golfers earn all-conference honors.

“It had some struggles,” Will said of her day. “But overall it was good. This course I’m a little familiar with. It was good to play good here because I’ve had a rough year.”

Her season improved when she began connecting more firmly with the ball.

“I was contacting the ball really well (today). We tweaked my swing a little bit … just not to come down on the ball so much,” said the Eagle senior who’ll play golf next year at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

For Weg, the first round was obviously better than her second.

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“It started out real good. I didn’t finish as well as I started. It was wet, but I just couldn’t put the ball into good position to make a play,” she said. “You would’ve never guessed we had so much rain, because the greens were very slick. And when you hit the ball in the fairway it just stuck.”

Anneke’s younger sister, Bailey -- a freshman -- made it a good day all-around for the Weg family, finishing 18th on the all-conference list after shooting a 96 (44 and 52).

Anna Amos of St. Peter was crowned the No. Big South Conference performer when the tabulations were made early Monday evening. She shot a 42-41 -- 83 at Worthington.

After Benson at No. 2, came Abbey Frauenholz of New Ulm, Pigman, Kaylee Gossen of Marshall, Will, Anneke Weg, Bergen Senf of Fairmont, Hailey Remme of Luverne (42-48 -- 90) and Ana Schwartz of Marshall to round out the top 10.

Bailey Klause of Redwood Valley was 11th, followed by Miranda Bresnahan of St. Peter, Meteja Lane of Blue Earth Area, Megan Nelson of Waseca, Hannah Potter of Waseca, Madison Crabtree of Luverne (51-51 -- 102), Rachel Schwartz of Marshall and Bailey Weg.

St. Peter earned the title of top team in the eastern division of the Big South. Marshall is the overall team champion.

Marshall captured first place at the conference meet with a total of 344 strokes. St. Peter was second with 383. Windom Area had 399 and Worthington and Luverne tied for fourth with 400. Next was Waseca with 411, New Ulm 416, Jackson County Central 418, Fairmont 435, Blue Earth Area 454 and Pipestone Area 462. Redwood Valley and St. James Area was incomplete.

 

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