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Young DL team making strides

With a little inconsistency still lingering, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team is still finding top team finishes in the early part of the season.

The Lakers finished second by only one stroke Friday in Perham, as the host Yellowjackets nipped DL 393 to 394.

Courtney Hedstrom shot a fifth-place score of 94, while Perham's Holly Karkela won medalist laurels with an 85.

"It's just been some course management problems with the girls, so far, but it's still early," said DL head coach Jen Hendrickson. "They are still posting a few big numbers on some holes, so if they can get rid of those, their scores will drop."

The Lakers had only one other player shoot under a 100, with Matty Tschider stroking a 96, while Trisa Hutchinson finished with a 101 and Natalie Roth a 103 to round out DL's top four scores.

Sydney Busker carded a 108 and Ashley Friesen a 111.

Scores improved dramatically Monday at the TPC Invite in Blaine, as the Lakers shaved off 21 strokes from their team score for a 10th place finish (out of 20 teams) with a 373.

This time, three players broke 90, as Tschider led the way with an 88, while each of Hutchinson and Hedstrom had 89's.

Roth finished with a 107, while Emma Thompson had a 125 and Friesen a 112.

"Even after shooting under 90, those three still had a hole or two of an eight or nine, so there's still some cleaning up to do," Hendrickson said.

The Lakers will continue that process Saturday at the Legacy in the Staples-Motley Invite, starting at 9 a.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Friday, April 16.

DL results (2nd place as team with 394 score): 5. Courtney Hedstrom 94, Matty Tschider 96, Trisa Hutchinson 101, Natalie Roth 103, Sydney Busker 108, Ashley Friesen 111.

Medalist: Holly Karkela (Perham) 85.

Detroit Lakes at TPC Invite in Blaine, Monday, April 19.

DL results (10th place as team with a 373 score): Hutchinson 89, Hedstrom 89, Tschider 88, Roth 107, Emma Thompson 125, Friesen 112.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.