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Girls golf: Mallow leads the way in final home meet, four Lakers set personal bests

McKenna Mallow sank four birdie putts on her way to an even-par medalist win at the Detroit Country Club on Tuesday.

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Detroit Lakes' McKenna Mallow lofts the ball onto the 15th green in the Lakers' home invite on May 24, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club. Mallow paced the Lakers to a team win with her medalist round of 71.
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DETROIT LAKES – McKenna Mallow turned in one of her best performances of the year in her final home meet.

The Detroit Lakes senior won the medalist honor on Tuesday afternoon with an even-par 71. She paced the Lakers to a team score of 314 to win their home invitational against four other teams.

Mallow played the first 11 holes at even-par or better. She made birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 and collected seven pars in that span. After bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13, Mallow got back to even par with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. She ended her round with two pars to win the event by six strokes.

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Detroit Lakes' Hanna Knoop hits her second shot on the 13th hole in the Lakers' home invite on May 24, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club. Knoop finished with a six-over-par 77.
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Sophomore Hanna Knoop wasn’t far behind Mallow in a tie for second place. She made a birdie on her final hole of the day to even her score with Pequot Lakes’ Genevieve Birkeland at 77.

One of Tuesday’s biggest surprises came from eighth-grader Tatum Gatheridge. She shot under 18 for the first time in her varsity career to finish fourth overall in the field. Her day ended on No. 15, where she made one of her three birdies to record a score of 79.

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Detroit Lakes' Laura Syltie hits her second shot on the 13th hole in the Lakers' home invite on May 24, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club. Syltie shot an 87 on Tuesday.
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Laura Syltie finished just outside of the top 10 in the individual standings with an 87. The sophomore made four pars on the front and back nines to finish 16-over-par on the day. It was enough to edge out Pequot Lakes in the team standings by 21 strokes for the Lakers’ third team win at home this season.

The Lakers had eight golfers compete on Tuesday. Freshman Sydney Miller came in fifth on the team with an 89. Seventh graders Jaycie Sliper (93), Mya Boeke (99) and Becca Hunter (101) all had their personal best days on the course in a high school meet.

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Detroit Lakes' Sydney Miller tees off on the 13th hole in the Lakers' home invite on May 24, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club.
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Next week, Detroit Lakes will head to Headwaters Golf Course for the Section 8-3A tournament. Alexandria, the defending state champion, is looking to reclaim its section title. The top team advances to Bunker Hills along with the top five individual scorers. Mallow competed at state in 2021 and took home a seventh-place finish.

LAKER INVITE AT DETROIT COUNTRY CLUB TEAM SCORES- 1- Detroit Lakes 314, 2- Pequot Lakes 335, 3- Moorhead 343, 4- Bemidji 366, 5- Grand Rapids 390

LAKER INVITE TOP 10 FINISHERS- 1st- McKenna Mallow (Detroit Lakes) 71, T2nd- Genevieve Birkeland (Pequot Lakes), Hannah Knoop (Detroit Lakes) 77, 4th- Tatum Gatheridge 79, 5th- Grace Bernstrom (Moorhead) 81, T6th- Annie Neva (Pequot Lakes), Taylor Hagen (Moorhead) 82, 8th- Morgan Krieger 83, 9th- Tatum Offerdahl 85, 10th- Haley Oberg 86

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Detroit Lakes' McKenna Mallow hits a chip shot onto the green in the Lakers' home invite on May 24, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club. Mallow won the medalist on Tuesday with an even-par 71.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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