The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ golf team finished third at the Class AA state meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12, at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan.
The Patriots equaled the third best girls’ golf state finish in program history, and had an outside chance to finish second to champion Detroit Lakes. Pequot Lakes just ran out of time as the second day was shortened to nine holes because of rain. The Patriots trailed runner-up Minnewaska by 11 strokes after the first day, and managed to cut the deficit to just five strokes despite a three-hour delay in the start.
“We cut six strokes off (the deficit behind Minnewaska), and we were on course for a really good score,” Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale said of the second day at state. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t play all 36 holes at state. But our girls played well both days, and to finish third was awesome.”
The Patriots won state titles in 2002 and 2004, and were third in 2003 and fourth in 2011.
“Detroit Lakes has a great team, and they just missed a single day record on the first day,” Dale said, “but our team score of 484 was also really decent. We played in some tough meets this year, and that helped because we were ready to play at state.”
Individually, the Patriots were led by senior Savannah Stone, who finished third overall with 111, and sophomore Maggie Heggerston, who was fifth with 113. Stone finished behind Detroit Lakes’ Natalie Roth and Kate Smith, who both carded scores of 108.
“Savannah shot a (one-under par) 35 for the nine holes on the second day,” Dale said. “To finish your career third overall at state is really impressive. Last year, Savannah was also leading the field with a 35 after the first nine holes at state.”
Stone managed to play well in front of Matt Higgen, who will be her college coach next season at Concordia College of St. Paul.
“I was super nervous when I found out we would be playing just nine holes,” Stone said of the second day. “You can’t make a mistake with just nine holes, but I was able to get into a groove.”
Stone birdied the first hole, which was a key to her success at state. She finished the nine holes on Wednesday with three birdies, two bogies and four pars. The round marked the end of an admirable career for Stone, who also placed second overall earlier this year in the state alpine (downhill) skiing meet.
“(State golf) was my last high school outing, and I really wanted to do well,” she said. “This is definitely a year I will remember all my life. I put so much time into all three sports (including cross country running), and to end up in the top three at state in two of them is worth all the work. Finishing third as a team was also incredible.”
While Stone’s high school career is over, Heggerston still has two more years to bid for a return trip to state.
“Maggie did awesome to place fifth,” Dale said. “She started off with two bogies, which was tough. But she really played well.
“Except for Savannah, we have everybody coming back next year. We do switch to Section 7AA, but we still have a nice chance to return (to state).”
Other Pequot Lakes golfers were Megan Snyder and Alex Stone, who carded 41 and 43, respectively, to each finish with 131 in a four-way tie for 36th. Amanda Nies had a two-day 135 and Sam Olmscheid finished 139.
Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 448, 2-Minnewaska 479, 3-Pequot Lakes 484, 4-Lake City 510, 5-Providence Academy 525, 6-Visitation 536, 7-Hibbing 568, 8-Fairmont 588
Individual medalists: (tie) Natalie Roth & Kate Smith (both Detroit Lakes) 108
Pequot Lakes results: Savannah Stone 36-40-35-111, Maggie Heggerston 38-37-38-113, Megan Snyder 47-43-41-131, Alex Stone 46-42-43-131, Amanda Nies 46-43-46-135, Sam Olmscheid 40-48-51-139
Patriots list award winners
Pequot Lakes honored its top individual golfers at its team banquet at the state meet.
Those awards included: Heggerston, most valuable; Savannah Stone, coaches award; Alex Stone, top rookie; Sam Olmscheid and Megan Snyder, co-most improved; and Amanda Nies, Patriot Award.
Savannah Stone and Heggerston, who were co-captains, both received all-state honors (top 10 state finishes) while Stone was academic all-state. Heggerston was All-Mid-State Conference while Savannah Stone received all-conference honorable mention.