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Bemidji High girls golf hosts tournament at Country Club today

The first of the two local high school golf tournaments will take place today when the girls stage their 18th annual invitational this morning. Twenty teams will contend for the title won last year by Moorhead. Among them are the defending state ...

The first of the two local high school golf tournaments will take place today when the girls stage their 18th annual invitational this morning.

Twenty teams will contend for the title won last year by Moorhead.

Among them are the defending state Class A (Minnewaska) and Class AA (Detroit Lakes) champions.

Based on early meets this spring Minnewaska seems to be the team to beat with the Lakers and Grand Rapids as top challengers.

The meet has attracted three Twin Cities teams, Hill-Murray, Minnetonka and Park Center.

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Rounding out the field will be Moorhead, Wadena, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Fosston, Fergus Falls, Menahga, Monticello, Crosby-Ironton, Roseau, Staples-Motley and Warroad.

Moorhead' title last year was its first. Bemidji and Staples-Motley have dominated the meet with Bemidji winning five titles and the Cardinals seven.

Fosston, Little Falls, Crosby, Roseau and Elk River have all won once.

Bemidji finished second last year but will not come close to that finish this time around with five of last year's players gone.

Coach Jeff Nelson, who created the meet in 1989, hopes the home course advantage will lift his girls into the middle of the pack.

He has used this week's good weather to get in some practices and hold a qualifier for today's events.

Earning varsity starts are Katie Reise, Lisa Holtman, Kelsey Bretschneider, Lynn Arndt, Emily Froskaer and Caitlyn Gangelhoff. Only Arndt played in last year's tournament.

Playing with the JV unit will be Laura Stittsworth, Shelby Sauer, Katelyn Tingelstad, Michelle Frees, Maggie Manske and Stiina Stocker.

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In the early going, Bemidji has posted only seven of its 24 rounds under 100 with Reise's 88 at The Legacy to only one under 90.

At Monday's Chaska Invitational at Hazeltine, no one broke 102.

Tomorrow the girls head east to Sugarbrook to play the Grand Rapids Invitational. They won that meet last year with a 345, one stroke lower than they fired at home the day before.

BEMIDJI GIRLS INVITATIONAL

GOLF TOURNNAMENT

Past Champions

Year Champion, Score

1989 Bemidji, 405

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1990 Staples, 486

1991 Staples, 392

1992 Staples, 365

1993 Staples, 346

1994 Fosston, 345

1995 Bemidji, 340

1996 Bemidji, 331

1997 Little Falls, 348

1998 Staples, 336

1999 Staples, 340

2000 Staples, 332

2001 Crosby-Ironton, 343

2002 Roseau, 331

2003 Bemidji, 342

2004 Bemidji, 323

2005 Elk River, 330

2006 Moorhead, 337

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