Golf: Elk girls tied for sixth at midpoint of state tourney

Sadie Martin (left) exited the 18th green after completing an 80 on Tuesday at Bunker Hills. Her group included first-day leader McKenzie Neisen of New Prague (blue shirt), Nicole Schammel of Red Wing and Sarah Burnham of Wayzata. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River girl golfers are tied for sixth place and senior Sadie Martin holds eighth place individually at the midpoint of the state Class 3A tournament.

After the first 18 holes Tuesday at Bunker Hills, New Prague leads with 333, followed by Red Wing 337, Wayzata 340, Stillwater 344, Alexandria 354, Eastview 360, Elk River 360, and Blaine 363.

Martin, a senior who placed eighth last year, shot  41-39-80 and expressed disappointment in that score as she left the course, although it turned out only seven players were better.

McKenzie Neisen, New Prague sophomore who played in Martin’s foursome, sizzled with 35-34-69 for a three-stroke lead. Celia Kuenster of Cretin-Derham Hall, the defending champion, is next with 39-33-72.

Alex Kline of the Elks teed off on the way to a 76 that's tied for 13th place in the boys tournament. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elks were a little off their game in general as Mary Elmquist shot 48-44-92, Ashleey Lindeen 48-46-94, Sami Lindeen 46-48-94, Alex McDonald 51-49-100 and Morgan Bleyhl 55-47-103.

“It wasn’t a good day for us,” said coach Dave Bleyhl, adding that everyone had a bad first hole and never found a groove.

Ashlee Lindeen, senior co-captain, noted that the greens were particularly tricky and that most of the players in the tournament were having a tough time.

Bunker Hills is a long, tough course, especially for girls. When the Elks won their conference meet there May 25 they shot 357, only three strokes better. At sectionals held at Grand National in Hinckley, the Elks shot 340 and 314.

The final 18 starts Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.


Alex Kline in 13th place

Elk River senior Alex Kline, his team’s  lone boy qualifier this year, shot 37-39-76 on Tuesday, tying for 13th place. The leader is Jon Dutoit of Chaska with 35-34-69.