The Pequot Lakes Patriots easily captured their second Section 6AA girls’ golf title in three seasons on Tuesday, June 4, at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Sartell.
The Patriots assumed a 27-stroke lead on Monday, May 3, after the first day’s first 18 holes, and they maintained that lead through nine more holes in the rain-shorted section play on Tuesday. Pequot Lakes, which is believed to have set a school record with a 303 on Monday, finished with a two-day 478 total to easily top runner-up Cold Spring Rocori with 506 and St. Cloud Cathedral with 511.
“After seeing some scores this season, I honestly thought it would be about five strokes separating Cathedral, Rocori and us,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “I thought it would be tight, but we just played outstanding.”
The Patriots were led by sophomore medalist Maggie Heggerston, who combined for 109 for 27 holes, and senior runner-up Savannah Stone, who finished with 111. Other Pequot Lakes scores were Amanda Nies with 128, Sam Olmscheid with 130, Alex Stone with 137 and Megan Snyder 141.
“We’ve had so many meets this spring that we haven’t had a lot of time to practice,” Heggerston said of the rescheduled meets because of the late spring. “We were finally able to practice in the past week, and I worked on my pitching and driving. That made a difference today.”
On Monday, Savannah Stone fired a 70 and Heggerston carded a 71 to give Pequot Lakes a big opening-round lead.
“I knew it would come down to Savannah or me,” Heggerston said of medalist honors. “It’s awesome being on the same team with a great golfer like Savannah. We can push each other, and that makes me a better player.”
Stone added that she was excited to win section as a senior.
“It’s such an accomplishment,” she said. “I’m happy that we’re going back as a team. Everyone shot their best rounds at the same time.”
Coach Dale agreed.
“Amanda (Nies) had a career best round with 81 on Monday, and Sam (Olmscheid) was close to her career best,” Dale said. “We’re excited to go back to state where we finished fourth two years ago.”
The Patriots advance to the Class AA state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12.
Team scores: Pequot Lakes 303-175 — 478, Rocori 330-176 ¬— 506, St. Cloud Cathedral 334-177 — 511, Osakis 350-181 — 531
Section medalist: Maggie Heggerston (Pequot Lakes) 71-38 — 109
State qualifiers: Marja Sorensen (Rocori) 114, Emily Israelson (Staples-Motley) 116, Nicole Vossen (Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins) 120, Alayna Eldred (Osakis) 121, Lucy Gaetz (St. Cloud Cathedral) 122
Pequot Lakes results: Savannah Stone 70-41 — 111, Maggie Heggerston 71-38 — 109, Sam Olmscheid 81-49 —130, Amanda Nies 81-47 — 128, Alex Stone 87-50 — 137, Megan Snyder 91-50 — 141
Staples-Motley results: Emily Israelson 78-38 — 116, Ann Kautto 91-46 — 137
Stone, Patriots win
Savannah Stone took top individual honors and Pequot Lakes won the team title at the St. Cloud Cathedral Invitational on Wednesday, May 29, at Wapicada Golf Course.
Pequot Lakes and Cathedral both came in at 346, but the Patriots prevailed in the fifth-score tiebreaker. Stone’s round of 77 was one stroke better than Emily Israelson of Staples-Motley.
Team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 346, 2-St. Cloud Cathedral 346, 3-Staples-Motley 350, 4-Monticello 371, 5-Becker 371, 6-Osakis 372, 7-Albany 403, 8-Big Lake 404, 9-Annandale 422, 10-Milaca 443, 11-Sauk Centre 453, 12-Pierz 455, 13-Melrose 474
Individual medalist: Savannah Stone 77
Pequot Lakes results: Savannah Stone 77, Maggie Heggerston 87, Sam Olmscheid 91, Amanda Nies 91, Alex Stone 94, Megan Snyder 99