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State golf: Hamman has good day; Worthington boys are off the pace

High school golf teams from Worthington and Murray County Central struggled to stay close to the leaders Tuesday in the Minnesota state tournament. The Trojan boys team finished eighth on the first day of the two-day Class AA tourney at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan, and the Rebel boys were seventh in the Class A event at Pebble Creek in Becker.

The Murray County Central girls team was sixth among the eight competing Class A teams, but Abby Hamman is in a solid position individually.

Action in both tournaments continues and ends today.

Detroit Lakes had 305 total strokes in the boys AA field, followed by Holy Family Catholic with 308, Red Wing 317, Cloquet-Esko 319, St. Cloud Cathedral and Blue Earth Area 320, Totino-Grace 321 and Worthington 348.

Ben Koepsell led the WHS boys with rounds of 42 and 38 strokes for 80, placing him in a tie for 47th on the leaderboard. Other Trojans: Jacob Prunty 39-44 -- 83; Lucas Boever 44-44 -- 88; Preston Thavixay 49-48 -- 97; and Zach Wietzema 49-49 -- 98.

Despite the high scores, WHS head boys coach John Koller said it wasn’t an altogether bad day for the Trojans. The guys drove the ball well from tee to green, but had trouble putting.

“We played better than the score would indicate,” Koller said. “Just some missed opportunities, especially on the greens.”

Tylan Porath of Windom Area carded a 90, compiling rounds of 47 and 43.

In Class A, the Murray County Central boys had 365 strokes after Day One. Sleepy Eye United and Mounds Park Academy share the lead with 325. North Woods is at 328, Ottertail Central 336, Lac qui Parle Valley 342, Fertile-Beltrami 353 and Kingsland 383.

Tyler Groves of MCC has a solid 78 (38-40), which ties him for 13th place overall. Other MCC boys: Jack Pierson 42-51 -- 93; Dawson Tutt 40-55 -- 95; and Cole Ahlers 51-48 -- 99.

Andrew Quade of Westbrook-Walnut Grove shot 46-41 for 87. Payton Marquardt of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda has 47-48 for 95, and HL-O/F teammate Cory Renneke has 48-48 for 96. Adrian’s Mitchell Veld had rounds of 51 and 49 for 100.

Anneke Weg, a senior from Worthington, shot a 95 on the first day of the Class AA girls competition. She stroked a 50 in the first round and a 45 in the second and is in 58th position overall. Windom Area junior Paige Pigman shot a 47 and 48 on Tuesday for a 95 score, tying her with Weg and four others.

On the girls’ side in Class A, Murray County Central came in with 389 strokes on the first day. BOLD led with 347, followed by Lac qui Parle Valley with 354, Fillmore Central 358, Park Christian 366, Springfield 383, MCC, Badger/Greenbush/Middle River 406 and Braham 436.

Hamman, an MCC sophomore, is the top area girl golfer in the field after carding rounds of 37 and 41 strokes for a 78 total. That placed her only two strokes behind the leaders, Emily Doeden of Park Christian and Rachel Halvorson of Lac qui Parle Valley, each with 76.

Alexia Kemper of Adrian also had a solid day on the links with a 93. She shot a 46 on her first nine and a 47 on her second and is tied for 24th place overall.

Hills-Beaver Creek eighth-grader Tess Van Maanen shot rounds of 53 and 45 for 98, putting her in a tie for 38th place. Jennifer Schelhaas of Southwest Christian/Edgerton shot a 108 (55-53).

Other Murray County Central golfers and their scores are: Paige Behrends 49-52 -- 101; Amber Boock 52-50 -- 102; Vanessa Dahlgren 53-55 -- 108; Ciera Tutt 51-58 -- 109; and Kylie Frisk 60-63 -- 123.