MONTICELLO —Frigid temperatures and a wintry breeze forced meet officials of Monday’s girls golf tournament in Monticello to reduce the event to nine holes with half the field playing the par-35 front nine and the other teams playing the back side.
Bemidji was one of seven teams on the front and the Lumberjacks finished their day second in the field. The Jacks combined for a team score of 189 and that figure was bettered only by Buffalo which shot 175.
Trailing the leaders were Becker (196), Centennial (206), Princeton (218), Annandale (221) and Chisago Lakes (253).
“It was really cold and windy and not very much fun,” said Bemidji’s Morgan Williams who shared the team’s low round of 45 with Morgan Miller. “We only played nine holes but it seemed like we played 18 because it was so cold.”
Kelsey Isaacson also carded a round in the 40s as she shot 47. Alexis Konecne ended at 52, Hailey Hinners 54 and Megan Dondelinger 55.
“Last week we were able to hit some balls on the soccer field but this was our first round of the year,” Williams said. “Putting and chipping were new things to us on Monday.”
Bemidji hopes that the weather breaks before next Monday when the Jacks head to Brainerd.
Boys at Detroit Lakes
The Bemidji boys golf team finally got outside Monday.
The team finished fifth in the Detroit Lakes Invitational with a score of 319.
Detroit Lakes won the invitational with a score of 277 and also boasted the top three individual scores. Ben Mallow shot a 67, while Michael Herzog shot a 68, and Tanner Schnathorst shot a 69 on the 18-hole, par-64 course.
Matt Gregg shot a 74 to finish tenth to lead Bemidji.
For the Lumberjacks, it was just the second time even golfing outside this season. Senior captain Isaac Bleser said the team was outside for a chipping session last week, but that was it.
“It was really tough to get back in the swing of things,” Bleser said.
Monday’s elements were not ideal for golfing as the temperatures dipped into the lower 20s and snow fell for much of the day.
“It made things tough,” Bleser said of the weather. “It was snowing half of the time. The course was decent, but it still had snow on it and parts of it was muddy.”
Monticello Girls Invitational
Monticello Golf Course
Front 9, par-35
Buffalo 175, Bemidji 189, Becker 198, Centennial 206, Princeton 218, Annandale 221, Chisago Lakes 253
Medalist: Lexi Bollant, Buffalo, 40
Morgan Miller 45, Morgan Williams 45, Kelsey Isaacson 47, Alexis Konecne 52, Hailey Hinners 54, Megan Dondelinger 55
Detroit Lakes Boys Invitational
18 holes, par-64
Detroit Lakes 277, West Fargo 308, Park Christian 309, Grand Rapids 317, Bemidji 319, Crosby Ironton 330, Park Rapids 335, Fargo North 336
Medalists: Ben Mallow, Detroit Lakes, 67; Michael Herzog, Detroit Lakes, 68; Tanner Schnathorst, Detroit Lakes, 69
Matt Gregg 74, Chris Washington 80, Nick Leitner 82, Jack Johnson 83, Sam Bruestle 86, Isaac Bleser 95