FAIRMONT - Fairmont senior Lizzie Larson recorded a team-best 44-43 87 round to help the Cardinals girls golf team to a 387-438 nonconference victory over the Mankato East Cougars on Friday at Interlaken Golf Club in Fairmont.
"Overall, I'm very happy with a team score of 387 today," said Fairmont head coach Ron Kallheim. "Today was the second time we have been outside hitting balls this season. When you look at it, it's like our second practice round, but with the weather it is happening in a meet."
In just the second time this season that Fairmont has been out on a golf course, Larson carded six pars, with four coming on the first four holes of the course en route to her meet medalist performance.
TAP-IN — Fairmont golfer Megan Rosol (right) taps a putt toward the cup during nonconference dual-meet action at Interlaken Golf Course in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Lizzie Larson watches the action. Photo by Leanna Becker
"We had an 87 today and that is great. That score has the ability to make up for some of the other girls' strokes and to have a score like that this early is very good," said Kallheim.
Megan Rosol also scored below the century mark for Fairmont, with 48-47 for a 95. Rosol managed one par on the front nine, and finished out the round with a pair of pars on the par 4 No. 14 and par 5 No. 17 holes.
Elizabeth Kim and Emily Kim teamed up for finishes of 100 and 105, respectively, besting Thursday's opening meet scores by nine and three strokes to complete the Cardinals' counting scores.
"Emily coming back this season and shooting in the low 100's is great. I think that by the end of the season, even though it is going to be short the Kim girls could bother be in the 90's," said Kallheim.
Cassidy Krusemark added a 55-62-117, with one par, while Alyssa Westcott contributed a 63-56-119 to the Cardinals effort.
Mankato East was led by Caylin Steinberg who shot a 102, and had three teammates score in the 112 for the Cougars.
Caitlin Clause, Emily Stengel and Molly Manning each carded 112's for the Cougars' remaining counting scores.
Alexis Just and Amanda Broman carded 116 and 119, respectively to round out the Mankato East effort.
Fairmont (2-0) will travel to St. Peter for a 2 p.m. invitational at Shoreland Country Club on Tuesday.
Fairmont 387, East 438
Fairmont: Lizzie Larson 44-43-87; Megan Rosol 48-47-95; Elizabeth Kim 49-51-100; Emily Kim 56-49-105; Cassidy Krusemark 55-62-117; Alyssa Westcott 63-56-119.
Mankato East: Caylin Steinberg 102; Caitlin Clause 112; Alexis Just 116; Emily Stengel 112; Amanda Broman 119; Molly Manning 112.
Other Fairmont scores: Madison Holmes 63; Dayna Madson 57; Bailey Dulas 84; Sam Marzullo 88; Courtney Lapo 74.
Other East scores: Haylee Spoors 57; Stef Grams 55; Ashley Loken 71; Meghan Daak 77; Kenzie Page 68; Katie Jo Findley 61.
Martin County West 207, Madelia Incomplete - Martin County West's Morgan Larson carded a meet-best nine-hole round of 49 to pace the Mavericks girls golf team to a Valley Conference victory at Fox Lake Golf Course on Friday.
Kelci Russenberger netted a 50, while teammates Jennifer Petersen and Kaleigh Russenberger each scored 54 to complete the Mavericks' counting scores.
Tayler DeVary scored a 61 to round out MCW's efforts.
Felicia Pineda scored a 63, while Carina Aguilara and Kiana McClung scored 76 and 97 for Madelia.
Martin County West (2-0) faces Granada-Huntley-East Chain at Rose Lake Golf Course on Monday.
Martin County West 178, Madelia 186 - Cordell Weber carded a meet-low nine-hole round of 36 to earn medalist honors as the Mavericks downed the Blackhawks, 178-186, in a Valley Conference meet at Fox Lake Golf Course on Friday.
Conner Anderson and Tyson Crosby fired rounds of 45 and 46 for the Mavericks, while Hunter Olson completed the counting scores with a 51.
Tyler Boe and Chris Kahler completed MCW's efforts, shooting 53 and 54, respectively.
Madelia's Mike Sorenson paced the Blackhawks with a score of 42. Jordan Henry and Zach Baumgartner contributed a 45 and a 46, respectively, while Tate Myers completed the counting scores with his round of 49.
Riley Benzel and Chris Cedillo rounded out the Blackhawks' effort, scoring 50 and 55, respectively.
Martin County West (2-0) travels to Rose Lake Golf Course on Monday to face Granada-Huntley-East Chain.