WORTHINGTON -- To say Abby Hamman was ready for Tuesday’s Red Rock Conference golf tournament at GreatLIFE Worthington would be an understatement.
The 2018 conference tournament did not go Hamman’s way, as she finished in second place overall in the girls individual standings -- one stroke behind medalist Tess Van Maanen, an eighth-grader from Hills-Beaver Creek.
“Last year at conference I did really bad,” Hamman recalled this year after earning medalist honors. “That was my worst round of the year. So I had to do better this year.”
The 2019 Red Rock tournament took place in four installments. In the final installment Tuesday on a beautifully warm and sunny morning and afternoon, Hamman carded a 79. She scored a 43 on her first nine and a 36 on her last nine.
“I was hitting my irons pretty solid. I was hitting the greens. My putts weren’t the best. And I chipped in on hole No. 6 (from about 20 yards away),” she explained.
While Hamman -- a junior who placed seventh individually at the Minnesota state Class A girls tournament last year and 15th the year before -- took care of business in Worthington, her Murray County Central teammate, Jack Pierson, earned the boys individual title.
Pierson carded an 80 on Tuesday. Not great, but not bad, either.
“It was pretty normal, I guess. I drove the ball real well all day. I kind of struggled to clean up some putts. All in all, I stayed safe and avoided some big numbers,” he said.
Pierson had nothing worse than a bogey on Tuesday, and he finished solidly ahead of the runner-up, Cory Renneke of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.
Rules stipulated this year that all four tournament dates counted in the team standings. Golfers could throw out one of their first three dates for the individual portion of the tourney, but Tuesday’s final day had to be counted.
That was no problem for Hamman, who finished with a total of 240 strokes. Van Maanen was second in her freshman season, with 286. MCC’s Cierra Tutt carded a 293. Brittany Erickson of Westbrook-Walnut Grove was fourth with 301 and Gracia Elias of Adrian was fifth with 303.
Murray County Central won the girls tournament, followed by Adrian, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Hills-Beaver Creek and Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey.
The MCC girls put up a 394 on Tuesday, well better than runner-up Adrian’s 431.
On the boys’ side, Pierson’s total score of 233 placed him above Renneke’s 242. Andrew Quade of W-WG was next with 247. Payton Marquardt and Joe Fischer, both of HL-O/F, both had 248. Adrian’s Brock Henning was next at 256.
The HL-O/F boys eased to the team victory with 1,345 total strokes while Adrian was next with 1,515. W-WG, Southwest Christian/Edgerton, Red Rock Central and H-BC rounded out the boys’ field.