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Minnewaska wins Bemidji golf title

Minnewaska won the battle of state champions Friday to take the title at the 18th annual Bemidji Invitational golf tournament. Minnewaska who won the Class 1A champion, emerged the winner, topping Class 2A champ Detroit Lakes by 19 strokes. Playi...

Minnewaska won the battle of state champions Friday to take the title at the 18th annual Bemidji Invitational golf tournament.

Minnewaska who won the Class 1A champion, emerged the winner, topping Class 2A champ Detroit Lakes by 19 strokes.

Playing with five underclassmen, several of them freshmen, Minnewaska posted a four-player, low total of 336, averaging 84 strokes per player.

DL ended at 346 with Grand Rapids third, another three strokes behind. Staples-Motley and Roseau rounded out the top five.

Bemidji's two teams ended 8-9 with the B unit edging the A team by two strokes 394-396. Eleven other teams trailed.

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Ali Nelson of Moorhead won individual honors with a six over par 78. Cydni Hasselberg of Staples-Motley and Courtney Boe of Minnewaska tied for second at 80 with Katie Reise of Bemidji and Leah Grozdanich of Grand Rapids tied for fourth at 83.

The winning Lakers had a Bemidji flavor. They are coached by Peggy O'Neil Falk, daughter of Bob O'Neil and grand daughter of the legendary Jeff Weston.

She learned her game at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and is married to Pat Falk, son of former BHS swim coach Gale Falk.

Reise's round was a team low for the year, bettering her own 88 shot at The Legacy.

But none of her teammates broke 100. Lisa Holtman hit 102, Kelsey Bretschneider 104 and Lynn Arndt 107 to complete the scoring.

The kickers were Emily Frosaker 109 and Caitlyn Gangelhoff 121.

The B Team found Shelby Sauer hitting 92, Laura Stittsworth 97, Katelyn Tingelstad 98 and Stiina Stocker 107 to complete the scoring. The kickers were Maggie Manske 109 and Michelle Frees 119.

Ironically, had the four low Bemidji scorers been on the same team, Bemidji would have finished fifth at 370.

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The girls are back in action today, traveling to Grand Rapids to play Sugarbrooke in the Grand Rapids Invitational.

Bemidji is the defending champion.

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Team totals: Minnewaska 336, Detroit Lakes 346, Grand Rapids 349, Staples-Motley 360, Roseau 384, Fergus Falls 385, Park Center 389, Bemidji B 394, Bemidji A 396, Mahtomedi and Moorhead 398, Crookston 403, Hill-Murray 405, Wadena 407, East Grand Forks and Warroad 415, Monticello 429, Crosby-Ironton 444, Fosston 485, Menahga, incomplete

Medalist: Ali Nelson, Moorhead 78

Runners-up: Cyndi Hasselberg, Staples-Motley and Courtney Moe, Minnewaska 80

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