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Laker girls' golf team takes 33-stroke lead into final day of state meet

BRIAN BASHAM/DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE Laker junior Sydney Busker entered the Class 2A state meet as Detroit Lakes' No. 6 golfer, but her even-par 72 propelled her to the top of the leader board after Tuesday's first day of the event at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. 1 / 6
BRIAN BASHAM/DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE Laker senior Trisa Hutchinson putts on a Ridges at Sand Creek green during the first day of the Class 2A state meet in Jordan. Hutchinson fired a one-over par 73 and is tied with teammate Kate Smith, Pequot Lakes' Maggie Heggerston and Visitation's Annie Heck for second place, behind Laker junior Sydney Busker. 2 / 6
Laker Kate Smith watches her approach shot to the 14th green during Tuesday's opening round at the MSHSL class 2-A state golf meet in Jordan.3 / 6
Senior Natalie Roth watches a drive during Tuesday's opening state tournament round. She shot a 75 for the day.4 / 6
Matty Tschider rolls in a birdie putt on the par four 14th green Tuesday. Tschider shot a 76 in the opening round of the MSHSL class 2-A state tournament.5 / 6
Emma Thompson watches her drive on the eighth tee at the Ridges at Sand Creek during Tuesday's round.6 / 6

(JORDAN) The expected result after the first day of the Class 2A state girls’ golf meet came to fruition with the top-ranked Detroit Lakes squad leading the way by 33 strokes over second-place Red Wing.

But what wasn’t expected is the individual leader of the Class 2A field after the first 18 holes of play at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

The Lakers’ depth was in the spotlight once again Tuesday, as the team’s No. 6 golfer junior Sydney Busker leads the field after shooting an even par 72. Two of her teammates are in close chase, as senior Trisa Hutchinson and sophomore Kate Smith each carded a one-over par 73.

Add in senior Natalie Roth’s 75 and the Lakers broke their 2013 state meet one-day record of 297 with a 293 this time around.

“I’m not surprised at all about Sydney’s even par round,” said DL head coach Cali Harrier. “She’s been on the verge of shooting that all season, she’s just peaking at the right time now.”

Each of Visitation’s freshman Annie Heck and Pequot Lakes’ junior Maggie Heggerston also are in the hunt for state medalist honors with a 73.

Entering the state meet as DL’s usual No. 6 golfer, Busker started the early morning tee times on fire by making birdies on her first two holes. From there, she sunk her intermediate distance putts and rarely found trouble off the fairway to make four birdies, along with four bogeys.

“Those two birdies on the first two holes really can get you going,” Busker said. “My putts were rolling in pretty well, so that was good. But there are always things you can fix and turn around tomorrow.”

Even though there is good inner-team competition amongst the Lakers, Hutchinson is very happy for her teammate, even though she will be chasing Busker tomorrow for those elusive state medalist honors.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of Sydney,” Hutchinson said. “I am a proud captain, a proud senior and a proud teammate. She is the most humble person I know. I feel so blessed be a part of something so great with this team.”

Hutchinson has been on a good roll since the Sub-Section 8-2A meet, with all aspects of her game being solid Tuesday.

“My driver felt solid and that helps,” Hutchinson said. “I felt good out there. I will take it one shot at a time tomorrow, one hole at a time and just play the course.”

Smith and Roth each know about the chase for medalist honors, since each were 2013 state co-medalists last year.

Smith recovered from a sub-par section meet, at least to her standards, to shoot her 73 to put her back in contention for a potential third-straight medalist honor.

“To sum it up, I was frustratingly consistent,” Smith said. “I just kept making pars. I didn’t putt great, didn’t hit it great. I had to grind it out, so I’m just looking forward to tomorrow.”

With a 33-stroke gap cushioning the Lakers’ lead, Wednesday’s road to their third-straight Class 2A championship looks to be a smooth one.

With the massive depth the Lakers have, afterall seniors Matty Tschider’s four-over par 76 and  Emma Thompson’s 85 did not count on the team’s first day team score, much would have to go wrong for a three-peat not to happen. 

“Our final goal is to win state again, but to accomplish another record is special,” Harrier said. “We’ll enjoy today’s 293 as a team tonight, because I know they also have their individual goals to meet, yet.”

“It feels good knowing that knowing how far we’ve come and all what we’ve accomplished, we still have things we can break,” Hutchinson said of the team’s 293. “Our new saying is let’s just have a walk in the park, have a humble mindset and see what can happen tomorrow.”

The Lakers will tee off tomorrow morning starting approximately at 8:15 a.m.

Class 2A state girls’ golf meet, Tuesday-Wednesday, June 10-11, Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

First-day team scores: Detroit Lakes 293 (one-day state meet record), Red Wing 326, Pequot Lakes 328, Minnewaska 341, Osakis 366, Visitation 367, Jordan 371, Breck 371.

Top 10 individuals: Sydney Busker (DL) 36-36-72; Trisa Hutchinson (DL) 35-38-73; Kate Smith (DL) 37-36-73; Maggie Heggerston (PL) 36-37-73; Annie Heck (Vis) 38-35-73; Marja Sorenson (Roc) 37-37-74; Natalie Roth (DL) 38-37-75; Nicole Schammel (RW) 38-38-76; Matty Tschider 40-36-76; Jenna Janu (Minne) 40-37-77

DL results: Busker 72, Hutchinson 73, Smith 73, Roth 75, Tschider 76, Emma Thompson 42-43-85

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