Several Iron Range area girls in are line to pick up some hardware after solid play on day one of the Class A and Class AA golf tournaments.

At the top of the list is North Woods’ Coley Olson who carded an 83 on the first round, which has her tied for third and puts her just four shots out of the Class A lead.

In Class AA, Eveleth-Gilbert’s Mollie Albrecht and Taya Kwiatkowski were equally strong. Albrecht shot a 7-over par 79 which has her tied for 12th at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Albrecht is 10 strokes behind the leader. Kwiatkowski fired an 81 and is sitting in a tie for 16th place heading to the final 18 holes.

“Nicole (Coley) battled all day long’’ against great competitors, who all went back and forth on the leaderboard, said Grizzlies head coach Kandi Olson. “I thought she really stayed composed during the round.’’

Regarding being composed, coach Olson said her junior golfer pulled things together at times when things could have gone wrong to keep her score low on the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

Olson said she is looking forward to another round like that or even better for Coley today. The coach expects another good weather day today for all of the golfers.


For the Golden Bears, Albrecht and Kwiatkowski left a few strokes out on the course, head coach Cathy Larson said, mostly due to their putting. With Tuesday’s rain during most of the first nine holes, she added that the greens did soften, but still stayed very fast for putting.

Now tied for 12th, Albrecht “is hoping to improve from 100 yards in,’’ Larson said in a telephone interview.

Kwiatkowski is hoping to stay on track after she played her first nine in 8-over par and then caught fire to go just 1-over par in her final nine holes.

“If we can do that tomorrow, we should be right on track’’ to meet our goals, Larson added.

The E-G coach is also expecting better golfing weather today. She said that will undoubtedly help without having to wear extra layers of clothes and messing around with an umbrella.


Coach Olson was pleased with how her entire team played because each one scored below their season average.

The Grizzlies wound up sixth after day one with a team score of 396.

“Kylie (Parson) had a very nice day today’’ and is tied for 34th with a 96. Olson said Parson left a few birdies out on the course. However, “she definitely had some great pars along the way and some nice holes.’’

Olson was also proud of first-time state competitors Haley Bogdan (54th place tie, score 103); Kadence Holland (75th place tie, score 114); Morgan Burnett (80th place tie, score 119); and Victoria Olson (82nd, score 120). The coach said they didn’t let nerves get to them and “played some really nice golf today.’’

Albrecht tees off at 12:27 p.m. today, while Kwiatkowski will hit the links at 12:36 p.m.

The Grizzlies will begin teeing off at 12 p.m.

Girls’ State Golf Results

Class A Team Results: 1, BOLD, 345; 2, Lac Qui Parle Valley, 353; 3, Park Christian, 363; 4, Badger/Greenbush/MR, 373; 5, Caldeonia, 384; 6, North Woods, 396; 7, Murray County Central, 397; 8, Fillmore Central, 410; 9, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, 454.

Class A Individual Results (Top 3 plus local golfers): 1, Rachel Halvorson, LQPV, 79; 2, Madison Scheevel, FC, 82; 3T, Coley Olson, North Woods, 83; 3T, Abby Hamman, MCC, 83; 3T, Makayla Snow, BOLD, 83; 34T, Kylie Parson, NW, 96; 54T, Haley Bogdan, NW, 103; 75T, Kadence Holland, NW, 114; 80T, Morgan Burnett, NW, 119; 82, Victoria Olson, NW, 120.

Class AA Team Results: 1, Minnewaska/BBE, 313; 2, Red Wing, 319; 3, Detroit Lakes, 325; 4, Jordan, 351; 5, International Falls, 357; 6, Visitation, 376; 7, Albany, 383; 8, Providence Academy, 399.

Class AA Individual Results (Top 3 plus local golfers): 1, Sophia Yoemans, RW, 69; T2, Leah Herzog, RW, 73; T2, Jacqueline Gossen, Minnewasks, 73; 12T, Mollie Albrecht, Eveleth-Gilbert, 79; 16T, Taya Kwiatkowski, Eveleth-Gilbert, 81; 48T, Maria Gherardi, Hibb, 93.


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