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STATE GOLF: Bagley’s Leintz fourth in Class A

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JORDAN — Aaron Leintz only had nine holes to keep up with the competition at the Minnesota Class AA golf tournament Wednesday afternoon.

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Rain in the Jordan area delayed the second day of the state tournament until after noon, so golfers at the competition — played this year at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan — didn’t get the opportunity to play the full 18 holes.

Leintz, who was tied for fourth after 18 holes Tuesday, did everything he could in the time allowed and still finished a respectable fourth in the state, bringing his high school golf career to a close.

The Bagley senior shot a 37 in nine holes Wednesday afternoon to finish with a two-day, 27-hole total of 109.

Hermantown’s Josh Becks and Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley also shot 109 to create a three-way tie for fourth place.

Eventual state champion Jordan Peters of Delano shot a 35 Wednesday to finish with a 27-hole total of 109.

Staples-Motley won the team state title with a score of 443; Detroit Lakes was close behind but finished second with 450.

Girls Class A

BECKER — The Class A tournament, played at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, didn’t have the weather issues that the Class AA tournament did, so golfers got to complete all 18 holes on day two of the state tournament Wednesday.

Northome-Kelliher’s Kaylee Fisher improved on her first day of golf considerably and closed out her senior season on a high note.

After hitting a 118 through 18 holes Tuesday, Fisher shot a 52-52-104 on the second day of competition to finish with a total two-day score of 222.

She and Ottertail Central’s Jessica Lhotak tied for 66th out of 88 golfers.

The other area golfer at the state tournament was Blackduck sophomore Sasha Pfannenstein.

Pfannenstein shot 56-60-116 to finish the competition with a score of 224; she was tied with four other golfers for 69th place.

Russell Tyler Ruthton’s Hannah Kruger won the Class A individual state championship with a final score of 163.

Legacy Christian Academy, meanwhile, won the team title with a combined score of 752; Badger-Greenbush-Middle River took second with 771.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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