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STATE QUALIFIERS — Fairmont golfers Brynn Gustafson (left) and Solveig Senf earned two of five individual state bids from Wednesday’s Section 3AA Meet’s final round at Oakdale Golf Club near Buffalo Lake. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Totzke)

BUFFALO LAKE — Fairmont Cardinal golfers Solveig Senf and Brynn Gustafson earned individual bids to the Class AA state tournament after posting two of the top five 18-hole rounds shot by non-members of the Section 3 champion Minnewaska Area team.

Minnewaska Area shot a two-day total of 685 to qualify for state, Redwood Valley claimed runner-up team honors only one shot back, while Senf and Gustafson powered Fairmont to a third-place score of 711.


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The Class AA state meet is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

“I thought we played some decent golf (Tuesday), but we were better today,” said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen, whose lineup followed a first-round 362 with a 349 on Wednesday at Oakdale Golf Club near Buffalo Lake. “We didn’t have any big numbers, which helped.”

Senf posted a 86-87-173, which was fifth overall, and Gustafson had a 91-84 (175), which was tied for eighth to qualify for state for Fairmont. Senf made five pars on her round, while Gustafson produced eight pars.

Maggy Totzke, Anika Haugen, Bailey Martinson and Lauren Davis rounded out Fairmont’s third-place performance. Totzke posted a 93-88 (181), Haugen had a 92-90 (182), Martinson had a 95-90 (185) and Davis had a 97-104 (201) for their two-day total.

Totzke birdied No. 5 and connected for five pars for the Cardinals, Haugen dropped home a birdie on the par-3 15th hole and chipped in six pars. Martinson and Davis rounded out Fairmont’s effort with four and one pair(s), respectively.

“It was fun to play on a nice day, which is why I think I shot so well,” Gustafson said. “We haven’t had too many of these days this spring.”

“It’s bittersweet,” Senf said. “It’s nice to make it through, but we have three seniors who played well, but didn’t make it.”

On the second day of competition, Gustafson had the lowest score among the Cardinals with an 84, followed by Senf with 87 and Totzke with an 88.

“The girls will get a chance to shoot a practice round on the state finals course before the finals begin,” Brad Haugen said.

Fairmont had three golfers — Alexander Moeller, Brock Lutterman and Jacob Harris — compete in the final round of the Section 3AA tournament for the boys’ side of things at Oakdale Golf Club on Wednesday.

The trio barely missed the cut, but did finish in the top 20 overall. Moeller shot 78-79 (157) and Lutterman posted 72-85 (187) to tie for 12th place overall, while Harris had 78-80 (158) to 17th place.

Lutterman made three birdies to go with a dozen pars to highlight his 18-hole round, while Moeller connected for three birdies and netted eight pars. Harris contributed a pair of birdies to his round of him, while penciling in nine pars.

“We (boys trio) had some good moments, but didn’t shoot well enough to advance,” coach Haugen said.

Section 3AA Meet

Oakdale Golf Club

near Buffalo Lake

Girls Team Standings (Champion advances to state): 1. Minnewaska Area 342-343-685; 2. Redwood Valley 342-344-686; 3.Fairmont 362-349-711; 4. Litchfield 374-385-759; 5.Marshall 393-382-775.

Individual Results (Top 5 non-members of winning team advance to state): 1. Julian Brown (Redwood Valley) 76-77-153; 2. Mila Jenniges (Redwood Valley) 78-78-156; 3. Ava Kollman (Minnewaska) 85-85-170; 4. Arivia DeBoer (Minnewaska) 81-91-172; 5. Solveig Senf (Fairmont) 86-87-173; T6. Kaity Kusler (Litchfield) 86-88-174 and Paige Rupp (Minnewaska) 85-89-174; T8. Alissa Thorfinnson (Minnewaska) 93-82-175 and Brynn Gustafson (Fairmont) 91-84-175.

Other Fairmont Scores: 15. Maggy Totzke 181; 16. Anika Haugen 182; 18. Bailey Martinson 185; 32. Lauren Davis 97-104-201.

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