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Golf: BT-CC captures state MGA girls championship

The team representing the Bemidji Town and Country Club captured the state MGA girls championship Monday and Tuesday in Lakeville, finishing the 36-hole tournament with rounds of 158-154-312. Members of the team included (left to right): Emily Israelson, Morgan Williams, Kailey Carlin and Morgan Miller. Submitted Photo

LAKEVILLE — After shooting an 85 during Monday’s first round of the 54th annual MGA girls team championship at Heritage Links Golf Club, Morgan Williams of Bemidji began Tuesday’s final round with a distinct goal. Teammate Morgan Miller also had a plan after carding an 88 on Monday.

“I wanted to shoot in the 70s and Morgan Miller wanted to drop 10 shots off her Monday round,” Williams said. “We figured that if we could do that, we would be fine in the team tournament.”

The pair joined Emily Israelson of Staples and Kailey Carlin of Fosston as members of the Bemidji Town and Country Club’s MGA team. All four are members of the course and earlier this summer they combined to qualify for state.

During Monday’s opening round BT-CC took the team lead with a score of 158. The two best individual scores are used to determine a team’s score and on Monday Israelson shot 73, Williams 85, Miller 88 and Carlin 102.

Marshall was a close second with 162 and Westfield Golf Course began Tuesday’s round in third place at 166.

On Tuesday, however, Williams and Miller caught fire as both shot the low round of the day with 77s.

Israelson carded a 78 and Carlin a 91 and the combined 154 of Williams and Miller guaranteed that Bemidji would win the state title. Bemidji finished with a 36-hole total of 312 while Marshall was a very distant second at 328.

“We both accomplished our goals,” Williams said. “Yesterday I didn’t play well on the back so I knew I could shoot in the 70s. And today I wasn’t nervous about the team winning. My mindset was that if we could play our game, we’d be fine. And we did.”

While Bemidji improved by four shots on Tuesday, Marshall struggled to a 166 and never was a threat. Westfield held its third place spot at 331, Mount Frontenac Golf Club ended fourth at 346 and Lake City was fifth in the 17-team field at 355.

Bemidji Town and Country Club also owned the top two individual spots as Israelson was the medalist at 73-78-151 and Williams was second at 85-77-162.

During Monday’s round Williams was 11-over on the back nine but on Tuesday she shot even-par on the back. Miller played consistent golf on both nines Tuesday as her card read 39-38-77.

Israelson finished 38-40-78 on Tuesday and Carlin 43-48-91.

“It was a fun two days and if feels very nice to be able to call yourself a state champion,” Williams said.

MGA Girls Team Championship

Heritage Links Golf Course

Lakeville, par 36-35-71

BT-CC 158-154-312, Marshall GC 162-166-328, Westfield GC 166-165-331, Mount Frontenac GC 175-171-346, Lake City 178-177-355, Elk River 177-181-358, TPC Twin Cities 176-182-358, Theodore Wirth GC 181-182-363, Mendakota CC 188-180-368, Deer Run GC 186-184-370, Interlachen 187-185-372, Vintage at Staples 203-198-401, Keller GC 206-200-406, Lester Park GC 207-202-409, Baker National 197-215-412, Ridgeview CC 216-215-431, Olivia GC 220-226-446

BT-CC’s results: Emily Israelson 73-78-151, Morgan Williams 85-77-162, Morgan Miller 88-77-165, Kailey Carlin 102-91-193

Medalist: Israelson, BT-CC, 151; 2-Williams, BT-CC, 162

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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