FAIRMONT - Fairmont senior Lizzie Larson scored a team-best, 18-hole round of 85, while fellow seniors Josh Baldus and Carter Welchlin scored 77s to pace both Cardinal golf teams to second-place finishes at the Cardinal Invitational on Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.
The Windom Eagles claimed first place in the girls division with a score of 369 to top the Cardinals' second-place effort of 378.
The Marshall Tigers took home first-place invitational honors for the third consecutive year, scoring a 310 to top the Cardinal boys' score of 317.
DRIVING THE FAIRWAYS — Fairmont golfer Elizabeth Kim hammers her tee shot during the Cardinal Invitational on Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Albert Lea's Megan Pulley carded a 42 on both the front side and the back nine for a first-place score of 84, while Windom's Kyle Antes scored a 43-45 en route to a winning score of 88 on the boys' side.
Fairmont's Larson, who battled against Pulley in the first foursome off the No. 1 tee box, carded five pars on the front nine to take a one-stroke lead at the turn with a 41.
Larson then scored another five pars on the back nine holes to complete her individual third-place round of 85, but unfortunately, was one-stroke shy of the win.
Megan Rosol scored back-to-back pars on Nos. 6 and 7 for a front-nine score of 46, before finishing with a pair of pars on the back for a 96 for Fairmont.
Elizabeth Kim shot a 95 for the third Cardinal score, earning three pars along the way.
Emily Kim made par on the par-3 third hole to punctuate Fairmont's final counting score of 102.
"Overall, I was very pleased with how we played today," said Fairmont head girls golf coach Ron Kallheim. "We had some good teams at the meet today, and overall we did well."
Cassidy Krusemark and Alyssa Westcott rounded out Fairmont's efforts with rounds of 110 and 120, respectively.
Blue Earth Area senior Autumn Drake's individual sixth-place round of 92 paced the Bucs to a fifth-place finish of 405.
Natali Fellows scored a 98, while teammates Aeli Olson and Anna Aukes carded rounds of 107 and 108, respectively, to complete the Bucs counting totals.
Ashley Peterson rounded out Blue Earth Area's efforts with a score of 121.
On the boys' side, Baldus scored a birdie right away on the par 4, No. 1 and followed that with a par on the par 4, No. 2. Another par on the par 3, No. 5 helped Baldus score a front-nine round of 40.
Just like on the opening hole, Baldus carded a birdie on the par 4, No. 10 to start his second nine before rattling off four straight pars. Another birdie on the par 4, No. 15 gave Baldus a chance at the win with three holes remaining.
A par and a pair of bogeys rounded out Baldus' round to give him a fourth-place score of 77 to pace the Cardinals team score of 317.
"We talked about where we could be at the beginning of the season and thought that somewhere around the 330-point range would be good. We thought that Josh, Carter and Joe (Nordquist) would all be successful, but to have the other guys step up and play like this is great," said Fairmont head boys golf coach Brad Haugen. "Plus now those guys know that they can score like this, it gives them confidence to do it again."
Meanwhile, in the second Cardinal boys group, Welchlin started his round with a par on No. 1 and carded another five on the front nine to take a 38 into the clubhouse at the turn.
Welchlin also rattled off four pars on the back nine for a final score of 77. Baldus won the scorecard tiebreaker against Welchlin, giving him fifth place overall.
Joe Nordquist added a nine-par round of 81, managing a birdie on the par 4, No. 2 to add to Fairmont's counting scores.
Sam Havnen stepped up in place of an ill teammate and scored a six-par round of 82 for Fairmont. Havnen birdied the par 4, No, 15 to highlight his round.
"Sam was just going to come today and play as an alternate for us. But when one of our guys got sick, he became a varsity starter," said Haugen. "He played some extra holes on Saturday and they paid off, because he shot great today."
Cole Huinker and Derrick Hohensee rounded out the Cardinals' efforts with rounds of 95 and 105, respectively.
Zach Curtis led the Blue Earth Area boys' scoring with a seven-par round of 87, to add to the sixth-place team total of 362.
Trevor Zierke and Lane Anderson scored 90s, while Connor Thielfoldt completd the Bucs' counting marks with a round of 95.
Logan Jacobs and Josh Anderson rounded out the Bucs' efforts with a 99 and a 119, respectively.
Blue Earth Area plays host to Fairmont in a South Central Conference dual meet today. The girls will play at 3:45 p.m. at Minn-Iowa Golf Course in Elmore, while the boys will tee off at 3:45 p.m. at Riverside Town & Country Club in Winnebago.
@ Rose Lake
Team Standings: 1. Windom 369, 2. Fairmont 378, 3. Marshall 380, 4. Albert Lea 392, 5. Blue Earth Area 405, 6. Redwood Falls 420, 7. Luverne 421.
Individual Medalists: 1. Megan Pulley (AL) 42-42-84, 2. Megan Will (W) 40-44-84, 3. Lizzie Larson (F) 41-44-85, 4. Jessica Blanchard (M) 43-43-86, 5. Hannah Kloss (W) 44-47-91, 6. Autumn Drake (BEA) 42-50-92, 7. Emilee Johnson (L) 46-47-93.
Other Fairmont scores: Megan Rosol 46-50-96, Elizabeth Kim 46-49-95, Emily Kim 49-53-102, Cassidy Krusemark 53-57-110, Alyssa Westcott 55-65-120.
Other Blue Earth Area scores: Natali Fellows 46-52-98, Aeli Olson 52-55-107, Anna Aukes 54-54-108, Ashley Petersen 52-69-121.
Team Standings: 1. Marshall 310, 2. Fairmont 317, 3. Redwood Valley 330, 4. Luverne 335, 5. Windom 340, 6. Blue Earth Area 362, 7. Mountain Lake Area 411.
Individual Medalists: 1. Dylan Pigman (W) 37-38-75, 2. Mitch Fischer (RV) 37-39-76, 3. Matt Bennett (M) 39-37-76, 4. Josh Baldus (F) 40-37-77, 5. Carter Welchlin (F) 38-39-77, 6. Matt Christianson (M) 39-38-77, 7. Jon Wyffels (M) 37-41-78.
Other Fairmont scores: Joe Nordquist 38-43-81, Sam Havnen 42-40-82, Cole Huinker 46-49-95, Derrick Hohensee 51-54-105.
Martin County West 168, Granada-Huntley-East Chain 224 - Martin County West's Cordell Weber shot a meet-best round of 37 to claim medalist honors to guide the Mavericks to a 168-224 Valley Conference victory over the Mustangs on Monday at Fox Lake Golf Course in Sherburn.
Freshman Jake Buntjer recorded the first-ever meet hole-in-one on the par 3, No. 5 en route to a score of 44 for the Mavericks.
Connor Anderson tallied a 42 and Hunter Olson's round of 45 completed the Mavericks' counting scores.
Tyson Crosby and Chris Kahler rounded out Martin County West's efforts with 49s.
Logan Pytleski led the Mustangs with his round of 43, while teammate Michael Dallager scored a 53.
Chris Crissinger and Anthony True completed the Mustangs' counting scores with rounds of 63 and 65, respectively.
Tyler Mathiason scored a 66 and Eian Denton recorded a 68 to round out the Mustangs' efforts.
Martin County West (5-1) hosts Southwestern United and Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in triangular action at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Fox Lake Golf Course.