JORDAN, Minn. - The back nine holes of Ridges at Sand Creek can change a tournament in a hurry and Detroit Lakes sits 12 shots out of first place after holding a lead at the turn during the first day of the Minnesota Class 2A State girls golf tournament Tuesday.
Behind a bogey-free, 1-under-par, opening nine holes by junior Anna Cihak, the Lakers led Minnewaska-Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at the turn by three strokes. Cihak birdied the opening hole and parred out the remaining eight.
Her back nine started great with another birdie on hole No. 10, but the toughest stretch of the course produced four straight bogeys.
“I just told myself to keep playing and keep going,” said Cihak. “I was playing pretty well throughout the day.”
Cihak was in the grouping with defending champion and first round leader Sophia Yoemans of Red Wing who carded a 3-under-par, 69 to open a four-stroke lead on fellow senior and teammate Leah Herzog (+1, 73) and Jacqueline Gossen of Minnewaska/BBE.
“Sophia is a great player; she makes everything look really easy,” Cihak said.
Laker freshman McKenna Mallow posted the team’s second best round with a 5-over-par 77 landing in a tie for sixth place. She hit a seven iron to five feet and birdied the sixth hole on the way to an even par 36 on the front nine.
“I definitely want to improve to not looking towards the future on holes and just being in the moment,” Mallow said.
Shelby Busker, Detroit Lake’s top golfer all season, was a stroke behind Mallow shooting a 78, good enough for a top 10 finish in a tie for ninth place. Like her teammates, the back nine produced far more bogeys than the front. Busker went out at just 1-over-par.
Detroit Lakes’s No. 6 golfer Evan Westrum added to the team score with a 95.
Minnewaska/BBE leads the two-day tournament with a team score of 313. The Lakers sit in third at 325.