Minnesota state girls golf: Perham's Mallory Belka repeats as Class AA champion

Belka entered Wednesday with a three-stroke lead, which she preserved on the weather-shortened day.

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JORDAN, Minn. — Perham's Mallory Belka won her second consecutive Minnesota Class AA state girls golf championship on Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek.

Belka entered Wednesday with a three-stroke lead, which she preserved on the weather-shortened day. Belka shot a 38, following Tuesday's opening-round 76 for a state championship score of 114. Lake City's Ella Matzke was second (79-38—117) and Park Rapids' Anna Eckmann claimed third (79-40—119).

Park Rapids boasted another top-10 finisher with Madysen Maninga tying for seventh with rounds of 84 and 37 for a total of 121. Hawley's Sophie Cook (84-37—121) also tied for seventh place.

On the Class AA team side, Fergus Falls was the runner-up at 357-173—530. Lake City held a commanding lead at the end of the day, taking the team title with rounds of 330 and 161 for a total of 491.

Annika Jyrkas (83-42—125) and Ellia Soydara (83-42—125) paced Fergus Falls, tying for 14th place. Annie Mayer (96-44—140) and Olivia Jurgens (95-45—140) each finished tied for 42nd.


Park Christian places 3rd

In Class A action, Moorhead Park Christian tallied a third-place finish at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

The Falcons recorded rounds of 368 and 373 for a total of 741. Legacy Christian Academy (354-362—716) won the team title.

Madison Doeden placed fourth, carding rounds of 88 and 86 for a 174 total to lead Park Christian. Kylee West (90-93—183) tied for 15th and Hailey Frueh (95-92—187) claimed sole possession of 21st. Anika Stromme (95-102—197) tied for 32nd.

DL's Mallow finishes in top 5

At the Class AAA state tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, McKenna Mallow of Detroit Lakes placed fifth. She pieced together rounds of 70 and 75 for a tournament total of 145.

Fellow Detroit Lakes golfer Hanna Knoop tied for 40th with rounds of 81 and 87 for a 168 two-day score.

Alexandria claimed the team title with a total of 628 (318-310).

Class A
Team scores
1. Legacy Christian Academy 354-362—716; 2. Lac qui Parle Valley 354-369—723; 3. Moorhead Park Christian 368-373—741; 4. Fillmore Central 393-385—778; 5. North Woods 395-396—791; 6. Fertile-Beltrami 410-418—828; 7. Murray County Central 450-417—867; 8. Sleepy Eye United 446-429—875
Medalist; area individuals
1. Brandt, Legacy Christian Academy, 81-84—165; T4. Doeden, Park Christian, 88-86—174; T15. West, Park Christian, 90-93—183; 21. Frueh, Park Christian, 95-92—187; 29. Aakhus, Fertile-Beltrami, 93-102—195; T32. Stromme, Park Christian, 95-102—197; T38. Omang, Fosston, 95-104—199; T41. Wilson, Fertile-Beltrami, 100-102—202; T49. Olson, Fertile-Beltrami, 104-102—206; T49. Tomlinson, Park Christian, 102-104—206; T52. Masseth, Park Christian, 104-103—207; 73. Burke, Fertile-Beltrami, 113-112—225
Class AA
Team scores
1. Lake City 330-161—491; 2. Fergus Falls 357-173—530; 3. Pequot Lakes 362-173—535; 4. Minnewaska 366-173—539; 5. Providence Academy 362-186—548; 6. St. Croix Lutheran Academy 382-182—564; 7. Jordan 397-185—582; 8. Mesabi East 401-203—604
Medalist; area individuals
1. Belka, Perham, 76-38—114; 3. Eckmann, Park Rapids, 79-40—119; T7. Maninga, Park Rapids, 84-37—121; Cook, Hawley, 84-37—121; T14. Jyrkas, Fergus Falls, 83-42—125; Soydara, Fergus Falls, 83-42—125; T42. Mayer, Fergus Falls, 96-44—140; Jurgens, Fergus Falls, 95-45—140; T66. Metcalf, 105-45—150; T68. Fischer, Crookston, 105-46—151
Class AAA
Team scores
1. Alexandria 318-310—628; 2. Maple Grove 327-317—644; 3. Eastview 323-331—654; 4. Eden Prairie 315-344—659; 5. Edina 341-320—661; 6. Elk River 338-339—677; 7. Lakeville South 353-356—709; 8. Stillwater Area 356-367—723
Medalist; area individuals
1. VanArragon, Blaine, 65-70—135; 5. Mallow, Detroit Lakes, 70-75—145; T40. Knoop, Detroit Lakes, 81-87—168

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