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BHS spring previews: Girls golf: Bemidji returns five players from section team

Front row, from left: Anna Goeb, Hailey Hinners. Middle row, from left: Brooke Kehoe, Nicole Jensen, Amber Younggren, Sydney Kurtzweg. Back row, from left: Kelsey Isaacson, Sarah Bofferding, coach Jeff Nelson, Martie Enger, Morgan Williams. Missing: Alyssa Myers, Helena O’Beirne, Katie Buckanaga, Morgan Miller, Alexis Konecne. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — A young but veteran cast returns to the Bemidji girls golf team this spring and coach Jeff Nelson is eager to see that experience in action.

“I think we’ll do well this year,” Nelson said. “But we need to get outside to see exactly where we are at.”

Nelson’s optimism is based on the return of five players from last spring’s squad.

Among that cast are seniors Hailey Hinners and Kelsey Isaacson, junior Morgan Miller plus sophomores Morgan Williams and Alexis Konecne.

Each member of that group was on Bemidji’s 2013 section team and Williams and Miller were the top two scorers for the Jacks in the meet.

The other member of the section squad was Katelin Craft who placed third among the Jacks.

“We graduated Katelin but most of our top five are back, including the two Morgans,” Nelson said. “Both Morgan MIller and Morgan Williams really like to play and they are very good players.

“Kelsey and Hailey also are two of our leaders and their experience will really help us.”

This year’s squad also includes a few girls who played on the junior varsity last season. That group includes sophomores Katie Buckanaga and Alyssa Meyers. A large cast of freshmen also are vying for playing time, including Brooke Kehoe, Sarah Bofferding, Amber Younggren, Martie Enger, Anna Goeb, Nicole Jensen, Sydney Kurtzweg and Helena O’Beirne.

“We have 15 kids out for early practices and some of these freshmen seem to be hungry,” Nelson said. “The younger players are looking for some help and that’s where we need the veterans to step in. We know what the veterans can do on the golf course and we need to find out what the new players can do.”

Alexandria has dominated the section tournament in recent years and the Cardinals are expected to be the favorite again this spring. Helping Alexandria this season is the switch of the section meet to Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre, which is only a driver and a wedge from Alexandria.

“Sauk Centre is only about 20 minutes from Alexandria and playing on what essentially could be a home course is a big advantage for them,” Nelson said. “But we have some good kids. We’ve always been right there at the section meet and if we can improve a little bit and get better as the season goes along, maybe we can surprise a few people this year.”

Weather permitting the Jacks will open their season April 21 at The Legacy in Brainerd. On April 25 BHS will host its annual invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

The schedule

Girls Golf

Coach: Jeff Nelson

4/14 at Monticello noon

4/21 at Brainerd (Legacy) 10 a.m.

4/25 BHS Invitational (BTCC) 9:30 a.m.

4/26 at Pokegama 10 a.m.

4/28 at P. Rapids (Headwaters) 9:30 a.m.

5/3 at Virginia (Quarry) 10 a.m.

5/9 at Sauk Centre (Greystone) 2 p.m.

5/10 at Staples (Vintage) 9:30 a.m.

5/13 at Blueberry Pines 10 a.m.

5/16 at Fergus Falls 11 a.m.

5/17 at Fergus Falls 8:30 a.m.

5/20 at Detroit Lakes 1:30 p.m.

5/27 Section 8-3A (Greystone) 2 p.m.

5/28 Section 8-3A (Greystone) 8:30 a.m.

6/10 State meet (Bunker Hills) TBD

6/11 State meet (Bunker Hills) TBD

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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