MARSHALL – The Marshall girls golf team and several other teams were met with a tough competitor during their season opener on Tuesday: Mother Nature.
With a mix of rain, strong winds and cooling temperatures, players battled the elements in the Marshall Invite at the Marshall Golf Club. Marshall Varsity took third with a team score of 380, followed by Murray County Central in fifth (452), Marshall JV in seventh (501), Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in eighth (509) and Canby in ninth (528). Minneota and Dawson-Boyd recorded incomplete team scores. Lac qui Parle Valley took first with a team score of 355 while Redwood Valley took second with a score of 361.
For Marshall, five players placed in the top 15 and eight in the top 40. Eighth-grader Dayton Webskowski led the way with a score of 91 and tied for sixth place. Senior Brooklyn Gossen placed eighth with a 92, freshman Jaryn Hilgemann placed 11th with a score of 98, junior Grace Ehlers tied for 12th with a 99 and junior Taylor Miller tied for 14th with a score of 100, rounding out the players in the Top 15 for the Tigers. Junior Eryn Kraft tied for 19th with a score of 106 to round out their scores.
For Marshall JV, Rylee Jacobson placed 30th with a score of 118, Ali Pederson placed 32nd with a score of 121, Sophia Schwartz placed 40th with a score of 129 and Kaitlyn Runia tied for 42nd with a score of 133 to round out their scores.
Marshall Coach Nancy Blanchard said she was pleased with their effort as a group, especially with battling the tough conditions.
“We set a goal to break 400 as a team this year and we were able to shoot a 380 [today]so I’m super proud of the girls, ” Blanchard said. “They did extremely well, especially with the conditions being wet and cold, and hung in there and handled the adversity well.”
For MCC, Cierra Tutt led the Rebels with a score of 102 to place 17th. Teammate Elie Meyer had a 109 to place 22nd while Ava Johnson tied for 28th with a score of 117, Symone Harms tied for 36th with a score of 124 and Karlie Schuur had a score of 134 to finish 44th.
For RTR, Shae O’Leary led the Knights with a score of 115 to place 26th. Shelby Korman tied for 36th with a score of 124 while Zoey Williams tied for 42nd with a 133 and Teigyn O’Leary had a 137 to place 45th.
For Canby, junior Kara Rangaard led the Lancers with a score of 122 to place 33rd. Teammates Paige Viessman and Lilli Opdahl, who are also Juniors, placed in the Top 40, with Viessman tying for 34th with a score of 123 and Opdahl placing 39th with a score of 128. Rounding out the field was Cecelia Nelson who placed 50th with a score of 155.
For Minneota, the Lone golfer at the Invitational representing the Vikings was Lauren Bowyer, who tied for 34th with a score of 123.
For DB, Lindsey Lund led with a score of 88 to place fifth while Alyssa Swedzinski tied for sixth with a 91 and Kaitlin Sather took 49th with a score of 154.
Marshall’s next meet is Monday at 2 pm, hosting several area teams.
RTR, Canby and Minneota’s next meet is April 22 at 4:30 pm at the Minneota Golf Club with several area teams.
DB’s next meet is next Tuesday at RCW at 4:30 pm MCC’s next meet is Thursday at home against WWG at 4 pm