Golfers save best for last

Ranger girls place third at sections; Carey on to state

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

The Ranger girls’ golf team started slowly this spring, but it’s safe to say they found their stroke as the year went on.

Forest Lake’s third-place section team: Katelin Kruger, Maggie Jeans, Maddie Carey, Katie Wick, Madison Wohlberg and Emily Proulx. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

Forest Lake ended the team portion of the season on a high note last week by placing third at the 13-team Section 7AAA meet in Hinckley. And for one Ranger, the season lives on. Senior Maddie Carey shot two rounds of 82 at Grand National Golf Course to place fifth overall.

Coach Andrea Brischke said Carey is strong with the driver and irons and was not surprised to see Carey put it all together.

“I think all year she could have played the way she played in the last tournament,” Brischke said. “I could see her in the low 80s every time. Fortunately for her and us, it just clicked.”

Carey will make her state debut at the Class AAA meet next Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Elk River senior Sadie Martin and Grand Rapids junior Dani Del Greco tied for first place individually with a score of 76.

As a team, the Rangers shot 356 in the first round last Monday. Grand Rapids shot 333 and Elk River 340 to also reach the second round. Andover finished four strokes back of the Rangers. Carey led the way with her 82, while sophomore Maggie Jeans (89), junior Madison Wohlberg (92) and senior Katie Wick (93) also contributed scoring rounds.

In last Thursday’s final round, Carey shot a 39 on the back nine and finished with another round of 82. She also got some help from her teammates as four other Rangers shot in the 80s. Wick carded 43-44-87, while Wohlberg (44-44), junior Katelin Kruger (43-45) and junior Emily Proulx (43-45) each totaled 88.

In all, the Rangers trimmed 11 strokes off their first-round score. They shot 356-345-701 on the tournament. Elk River dropped a score of 314 to surge past Grand Rapids for the section title. The Elks finished with 654 strokes and the Thunderhawks had 664.

After placing seventh in the Suburban East Conference, the section showing thrilled Brischke.

“They peaked at the right time and I’m really pleased with how we finished,” she said. “I don’t really think [the competition] thought we were going to do anything.”