Shelby Sauer's 86 powered the Bemidji girls golf team to a tie for third at Wednesday's season-opening meet at Monticello.
Individually, Sauer also placed third, only two shots behind co-leaders Alyssa Kathoff and Tiffany Gretsch, both from Albany. Sauer shot identical 43s on the front and back nines.
"The kids stayed focused. They handled themselves very well for the first meet," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson.
Albany took team honors with a 363. Monticello was second at 372 and Bemidji tied Buffalo for third at 375.
Centennial's 382 rounded out the top five in the 16-team meet.
"I was pleasantly surprised with how we played," Nelson said. "Everyone had some great shots but everyone had some poor ones. What impressed me was the way our kids dealt with the bad shots. We didn't let them bother us. We just kept battling."
Bemidji had two other players break 100, Meg Phelps who shot 93 and Emily Frosaker who carded a 96.
Completing Bemidji's scoring were Aimee Sandquist's 100, Marissa Loch's 109 and Erin Buckanaga's 111.
Albany 363, Monticello 372, Bemidji 375, Buffalo 375, Centennial 382, Dassel-Cokato 385, St. Francis 386, Annandale 392, Hutchinson 394, Delano 405, Rocori 407, St. Michael-Albertville 417, Rogers 432, Cambridge 476, Big Lake 480, Princeton 490.
1-Alyssa Kathoff, Albany, 84; 2-Tiffany Gretsch, Albany, 84; 3-Shelby Sauer, Bemidji, 43-43-86.
Other Bemidji: Meg Phelps 93, Emily Frosaker 96, Aimee Sandquist 100, Marissa Loch 109, Erin Buckanaga 111.