The Detroit Lakes girls golf team bested the field at the Park Rapids Invitationals at Headwaters Golf Club on Monday, May 3, winning by 19 strokes.

Golfers competed in tough scoring conditions with northerly winds at 20+ miles per hour and cold temperatures.

The cold conditions lent an edge to local golfers and Anna Eckman of Park Rapids took advantage to grab medalist honors shooting an 8-over-par 80 to win by one stroke of Detroit Lakes’ Hanna Knoop and Fergus Falls’ Annika Jyrkas.

The top five Lakers all finished in the top 10.

McKenna Mallow was one of five Lakers in the top 10 at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids leading the Lakers to a convincing team victory in difficult scoring conditions Monday, May 3, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune
McKenna Mallow was one of five Lakers in the top 10 at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids leading the Lakers to a convincing team victory in difficult scoring conditions Monday, May 3, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune

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McKenna Mallow placed fourth (82), McKenna Burhans was fifth (90) and Evan Westrum finished off the scoring foursome with a 91 in seventh place.

The Lakers combined for a winning score of 344, 19 better than second place Fergus Falls.

Nearly half of the field had incomplete scores not bringing at least four golfers. The host Panthers placed third with a 385, one stroke better than Moorhead. The Spuds and Lakers were the only Class AAA teams in the field. The remainder was a familiar group that DL dominated for decades in Class AA.

DL’s fifth golfer Laura Syltie finished fifth with a 94 and Cora Martin shot 104 in the sixth lineup position.

Headwaters is the host of this year's Section 8AAA championships. DL golfers got a first of two regular season plays in Park Rapids. They will return for a second meet Friday, May 14.

The Lakers’ team victory was the fifth in seven meets to start the season. Detroit Lakes competes next at Minnewaska Country Club Friday, May 7.

Park Rapids Invitational, Headwaters GC

Teams: 1 Detroit Lakes 344, 2 Fergus Falls 363, 3 Park Rapids 385, 4 Moorhead 386, 5 Roseau 406, 6 Crookston 425, 7 East Grand Forks 430, 8-13 INC.

Individuals:

1 Anna Eckman Park Rapids 80

T2 Hannah Knoop Detroit Lakes 81

T2 Annika Jyrkas Fergus Falls 81

4 McKenna Mallow Detroit Lakes 82

5 McKenna Burhans Detroit Lakes 90

7 Evan Westrum Detroit Lakes 91

10 Laura Syltie Detroit Lakes 94

Cora Martin Detroit Lakes 104

Read more stories by Robert Williams here.