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The mental approach of taking one hole at a time has been a successful one for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team, which added another meet win to its growing list of accomplishments.
Thursday's meet at Wildflower, though, was for keeps, as the Lakers won the South Sub-Section 8-2A side with a team score of 347.
The next step, the pressure only grows as DL will prepare for the Section 8-2A meet at Longbow Golf Course in Walker and the right to move on to the Class 2A state meet, which is in Jordan June 10-11.
But winning the Sub-Section is hardly the ultimate goal for the Lakers, it's that next meet which is in their sites now.
"We hardly even talked about taking first in the Sub-Section, we just wanted to finish in the top three (which advances to Sections)," said DL coach Cali Harrier. "(Head coach) Jen Hendrickson and I just wanted to keep it light and keep their mentality of taking it one hole at a time, because that's what has been working so far."
Eighth grader Matty Tschider took medalist honors with an 80, while sophomore Courtney Hedstrom shot a third-place 84 and eighth grader Trisa Hutchinson finished fourth with an 85.
DL's fourth score to be counted was eighth grader Natalie Roth's 98. Rounding out the Lakers was seventh grader Sydney Busker's 109 and eighth grader Emma Thompson's 113.
Hedstrom, Hutchinson and Tschider each have section experience, while Roth, Busker and Thompson do not.
But Harrier said she can only expect one thing come Tuesday at Longbow.
"Just that they do their best," she added. "They know the course, so it's just about going out and having fun. It's been a great season and if we win this thing, that's just an added bonus."
Although the Lakers have played well the last several weeks, rising to become one of the section's top teams, complacency has not settled in for this young squad.
"They showed their emotions during Thursday's Sub-Section round, some were not happy with their scores," Harrier said. "They were also excited to win the Sub-Section, but are not ready to quit yet."
The challenge of the large Longbow greens was posed a couple of weeks ago, when DL played a meet there. There were too many three putts going on, and that will be key when the Lakers tee off Tuesday.
"I'm not concerned at all about the fairways, because all of the girls have been driving well," Harrier said. "We just need to focus on our short game."
Roseau won the North half with a 340, while Perham came in second behind the Lakers in the south, just six strokes down with a 353.
Pelican Rapids was the final team in from the South with a 394, while Crookston and East Grand Forks were the other two teams in from the North.
South Sub-Section 8-2A meet at Wildflower, Thursday, May 27.
Team results (top three advance to Section meet) -- Detroit Lakes 347, Perham 353, Pelican Rapids 394, Hawley 410, Wadena-Deer Creek 417, Fergus Falls 437, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 465.
Top 5 individuals -- Matty Tschider (DL) 80, Holly Karkela (Perh) 82, Courtney Hedstrom (DL) 84, Trisa Hutchinson (DL) 85, Abby Fiest (PR) 86.
DL results -- Tschider 80, Hedstrom 84, Hutchinson 85, Natalie Roth 98, Sydney Busker 109, Emma Thompson 113.