Albert Lea defeated by Northfield

Published 5:53 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Young Tigers girls’ golf team struggles against talented Raiders


The Albert Lea girls’ golf team hosted Northfield Tuesday afternoon at Wedgewood Cove Golf Course.

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The young Tigers were overmatched against a veteran Raiders lineup, falling 336-410.

Leading the Tigers in scoring was senior Charley Fleek, who shot 45 on the front nine and 46 on the back nine to enter the clubhouse with a 91.

Eighth grader Alyssa Jensen was second with a score of 104 (49-55).

Rounding out the scoring four for Albert Lea were junior Mackenzie Herr and sophomore Grace Nelson, who finished with scores of  107 (53-54) and 108 (51-57), respectively.

Albert Lea sophomore Grace Nelson watches her tee shot on hole No. 1 Tuesday afternoon. Nelson shot a 108 for the team in the 336-410 loss to Northfield. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Also golfing for the Tigers were eighth graders Gracie Palmer and Jade Hightower. Palmer finished with a score of 114 (63-51), while Hightower came in with a score of 128 (70-58).

Top scorer for the Raiders was Molly Stevens, who won the meet with a final score of 72 (35-37). Three other Raiders finished with scores in the 80s, and one with a 96.

Albert Lea head coach Shawn Riebe was pleased with how his team came out and played.

“It was good to see the girls start settling into a routine,” Riebe said. “The nerves were down a bit and it showed with us cutting 68 strokes from our last meet. The girls just need some time to get out. 

“We just have some small things to work on and then some time to practice them.  We need to put some emphasis on our short games.  That is a place we can cut quite a few strokes with what we have seen so far. Hopefully this weather holds and we can get some driving range time and short game work to keep moving in the right direction.”

The Tigers will be back on the course Tuesday when they travel to Owatonna to take on the Huskies.

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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