The Detroit Lakes girls golf team squared off with another Section 8AAA contender, finishing 11 strokes behind Brainerd at the Bemidji Invitational, played at Town & Country Golf Course Friday, April 30.

The Warriors are the defending section champions (2019) and still have three players, Katie Foley, Izzy Olson and Anna Krieger, from that state tournament team.

The Lakers have four returning players from their 2019 8AA championship and third place state team: McKenna Mallow, Evan Westrum, Hanna Knoop and McKenna Burhans.

Brainerd’s 2019 section title victory came after a tied score with Alexandria’s top four golfers forcing a tiebreaker from the fifth scoring golfer. The Warriors went on to finish seventh at state.

Alexandria handed DL its first second place finish of the season in Alexandria Wednesday, April 28 by 15 strokes. The Lakers got a good look at the two teams they will compete against in the postseason.

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Foley shot a 4-over-par 76 to win at Bemidji, defeating Bemidji’s Nicki Son by one stroke (77). Krieger shot 78 for third place.

Mallow, Westrum and Knoop finished in order, fourth through sixth places. Mallow led the Lakers with an 81. Westrum has made noticeable improvements in her game the past few meets and was DL’s second low number at 82. Knoop continued to score consistently with an 83. Laura Syltie put all four scoring Lakers in the top nine spots finishing ninth with an 85.

Syltie tied with Brainerd’s Izzy Olson. The Warriors’ third golfer, Sophia Karsnia, tied Knoop for sixth. With the third and fourth golfers from both DL and Brainerd in a deadlock, the difference in the team final came down to the top two with Foley and Krieger breaking 80 to seal the victory.

Burhans was just outside the top 10 finishing in 12th place with a score of 89.

The meet was a two-team race in a field of 14. The Lakers second place score of 331 was 35 strokes better than third place Pequot Lakes.

Detroit Lakes will be at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids Monday, May 3. Headwaters is the host course for this year’s Section 8AAA championship.

Bemidji Invitational, Town & Country Golf Course

Teams: 1 Brainerd 322; 2 Detroit Lakes 331; 3 Pequot Lakes 366; 4 Fergus Falls 367; 5 East Grand Forks 388; 6 Sartell-St. Stephen 398; 7 Bemidji 399; T8 Roseau 403; T8 Crookston 403; 10 Willmar 407; 11 Moorhead 412; 12 St. Cloud 424; 13 Thief River Falls 438; 14 ROCORI 454.

Top 10:

1 Katie Foley, Brainerd 76

2 Nicki Son, Bemidji 77

3 Anna Krieger, Brainerd 78

4 McKenna Mallow, DL 81

5 Evan Westrum, DL 82

T6 Hanna Knoop, DL 83

T6 Sophia Karsnia, Brainerd 83

8 Annika Jyrkas, Fergus Falls 84

T9 Laura Syltie, DL 85

T9 Izzy Olson, Brainerd 85

11 Joslynn Leach, Crookston 87

12 McKenna Burhans, DL 89

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