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Area golfers compete at state

Juniors from Alden-Conger, United South Central play tournament

 

BECKER — Two area golfers traveled to Becker Tuesday morning for the first round of the Class A Minnesota state golf meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course.

United South Central junior Andrew Heggen and Alden-Conger junior Annika Riebe qualified as individuals for the two-day event at sections just over a week ago.

Heggen carded a round of 87, landing him in a tie for 40th place after day one.

He started the round with a double bogey, but found his footing with four straight pars before a rough hole at No. 6, taking an eight on the par three. Heggen rounded out the front nine with two bogeys and a double bogey placing him at +11 halfway through the round.

Alden-Conger junior Annika Riebe hits an approach shot just over the green on her opening hole Tuesday afternoon at the Minnesota state golf meet. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

His second round was more efficient, recording two birdies, two pars, four bogeys and one double bogey. Heggen’s score of +15 has him 15 strokes behind leader Brett Reid, a sophomore from Community Christian.

Heggen will start day two with a tee off time of 7:48 a.m. from hole No. 10.

Riebe, a returning state qualifier from last season, finished with a round of 97.

Starting with a rough front nine, Riebe recorded a handful of double bogeys on top of a triple bogey to put up a +17 through the first half of the round. She came back with a stellar second half, notching a birdie and two pars along with four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey to finish the first day 25 over par.

Riebe is 17 strokes behind the leader Rachel Halverson, a junior from Lac qui Parle Valley. She will begin her round around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

 

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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