by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River has hosted a girls golf invitational each April for 35 years, and it’s only been called off once in that span.
And the 2011 tournament was played on Tuesday — despite rain and and wind mid-40’s temperature, at Elk River Golf Club.
The hometown team did great, too, shivering to a 335 team score that placed second among 21 teams. Red Wing was the winner with 322.
Ashlee Lindeen placed fifth with 39-41-80 and Sadie Martin was sixth with 38-43-81 to lead the Elks.
“Golfers are tough — didn’t you know that!” said Elk coach Dave Bleyhl. He added, “This thing has only been called off once, and not by me. We had 21 teams show up and play and no one complained.”
Abby Mozzetti of White Bear Lake was the medalist with 73, followed by two Red Wingers, Danielle Brooks with 77 and Cassie Deeg with 78.
Other counting scores for the Elks were 89’s by McKayla Granning and Megan Nelson. The other two Elks were Andrea Dwyer with 90 and Nicole Thorndal with 105.
This was the Elks highest placement in their own tournament since 2005 when they won the state championship. That year, ironically, the weather was awful, too.
“The weather was awful, no question,” said Bleyhl. “The only one worse was 2005 when we won. It was real cold and wet and a little snow, too, that day.”
The current Elks, who’ve won conference the last two years, and had two state individual qualifiers last year, enjoyed one of their career highlights in the miserable weather.
“We were really excited about how we did,” said Lindeen.
As for the conditions, Martin remarked, “It was pretty cold, and rainy, and windy. Just icky, I guess.”
But golfers can’t think about that.
“I had a real fun time with my group. We put it out of our heads and played golf,” said Lindeen. “When you get on the course, you shift into a gear that it’s time to play golf, so go get it.”
Said Martin: “I tried not to think about how cold I am, as much as possible … Some girls were talking about only playing nine holes, but we stuck it out.”
Rounding out the top five teams ere Stillwater 340, White Bear Lake 348 and Edina 357.
Rogers places 20th
Rogers shot 473 and placed 20th of 21 teams. Maddie Hol shot 116, Rachel Dodd 118, Kendra Groenwold 119 and Nicolette Metteness 120.
“On a day that was cold, wet and windy, I was really proud of the girls attitudes,” said coach Durand Onell.