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Late start? Not a problem for Detroit Lakes girl golfers

Last season, the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team rolled through the competition en route to a Class 2A state championship.

Even though the start of the season was massively delayed for the Lakers in 2013, they didn’t skip a beat in dominating their first two meets of the season last Friday and Saturday in Minnewaska and Alexandria, respectively.

The Lakers won Saturday in Alexandria by 16 strokes over the host Cardinals with a score of 312, after taking the Minnewaska tourney by 24 strokes over the host Lakers with a 321.

Already, the Lakers have two different medalist winners, as last year’s Class 2A state individual champion freshman Kate Smith carded a two-over par 74 Saturday, while junior Natalie Roth took top honors Friday with a five-over 77.

The depth didn’t stop there, as all five Laker golfers finished in the top nine Saturday in Alexandria.

Following Smith were Roth (76), Matty Tschider (81), Sydney Busker (81) and Trisa Hutchinson (82). Even DL’s sixth golfer, Emma Thompson, shot a solid 87.

Friday’s season opener was much of the same, but just different positions for the Lakers.

Smith was second with a 78 behind Roth’s 77, while Thompson was third overall with an 81.

Other DL scorers were Tshider at 85, Hutchinson’s 86 and Busker 87.

The Laker trail of domination will continue in Jordan at the Ridges and Sand Creek Golf Course, which is the site of the Class 2A state meet in June. 

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Alexandria, Saturday, May 4

Team Scores

Detroit Lakes            312

Alexandria               336

Elk River                   354

St. Cloud Tech         355

Rocori                      363

Brainerd                   386

St. Cloud Apollo       389

Rogers                     402

Fergus Falls              406

Alexandria JV            427

Top 10 Individuals

1 Kate Smith DL    74

2 Natalie Roth DL 76

3 Marja Sorensen Rocori 76

4 Emily Thul  Alex 80

5 Matty Tschider DL 81

6 Sydney Busker DL 81

7 Amanda Bigger Alex 81

8 Sami Lindeen ER 81

9 Trisa Hutchinson DL 82

10 Jenny Muesing Brainerd 83

Laker Results

Kate Smith               74

Natalie Roth             76

Matty Tschider          81

Sydney Busker         81

Trisa Hutchinson     82

Emma Thompson    87

Detroit Lakes at Minnewaska, Friday, May 3

Team Scores

1 Detroit Lakes         321

2 Minnewaska         345

3 St. Michael-Alb.    383

4 Rogers                  416

5 West Central         481

Top 5 Individuals

Medalist Natalie Roth DL          77

2nd Kate Smith DL                   78

3rd Emma Thompson DL         81

4th Alexis Guggisberg MW         81

5th Jenna Janu  MW                81

Laker Results

Natalie Roth             77

Kate Smith               78

Emma Thompson    81

Matty Tschider          85

Trisa Hutchinson    86

Sydney Busker         87