Weber medals at state; FHS girls place 8th

BECKER – Steady rain and high winds throughout Minnesota on Wednesday created higher-than-normal scores during both the Class A and AA state golf meets.

Martin County West junior phenom Cordell Weber battled through the elements at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker to capture a sixth-place state medal in the Class A individual boys competition.

Weber, the 2012 state champion, entered Day 2 in a tie for sixth place overall after carding a 39-37-76. The smooth-swinging left-hander penciled in a round of 40-42-82 to finish with a two-day total of 158.

Weber shared the No. 6 spot overall with Wabasha-Kellogg’s Fletcher Blaschko, Ada-Borup/ Norman County West’s Chris Marcussen and Badger-Greenbush-Middle River’s Ben Langaas.

Southwest Christian’s Luke Johanson carded an even-par 72 on Wednesday to close with a 141 to capture the Class A boys state individual crown.

Grant Exsted, the Day 1 leader, posted a Day 2 mark of 76 to close with 144 to share runner-up state accolades with Ortonville’s Jade Hasslen. Exsted, however, did guide Mille Lacs to the Class A state team title with a 652 – 19 shots better than runner-up Murray County Central.

In the Class AA state meet at Ridges @ Sand Creek in Jordan, rain not only delayed the original tee times, but pared Day 2 to only nine holes.

Senior Elizabeth Kim closed out her prep playing days by firing a team-best nine-hole round of 50 on Wednesday as Fairmont closed out the rain-shortened 27-hole state tournament in eighth place.

The Cardinals, who held a narrow two-shot edge over Hibbing for the No. 7 spot in the team competition after Day 1, carded a 209 on Day 2 to finish with a team total of 588 – 20 shots behind the Bluejackets.

Unfortunately for Fairmont mentor Ron Kallheim, who officially retired from the coaching ranks after Wednesday’s round in Jordan, he was unable to pencil seasonal leading scorer Lizzie Larson’s name into his lineup on Day 2.

Larson, who fired an 18-hole mark of 96 during opening-round action, withdrew from the tournament due to a hampering back injury.

Elizabeth Kim and second-leading scorer Megan Rosol, however, topped the Cardinals’ scoring charts during Wednesday’s nine-hole competition. Kim delivered the team’s only birdie, carding a 2 on the par-3 15th hole, to complement two pars on her round.

Kim’s Day 2 score of 50 left her tied for 62nd place overall with Rosol at 142. Rosol, the Cardinals’ Day 1 leader with an 89, tallied a 53 on Wednesday to close out her stellar prep golf career.

Sophomore Emily Kim shot a 53 to close with a 155 to earn a four-way tie for 76th individuall for Fairmont, while the freshman tandem of Cassidy Krusemark and Alyssa Westcott rounded out the red-and-white’s team effort.

Krusemark fired a 55, including one par, on Wednesday to net 84th overall with a 27-hole total of 174, while Westcott – who tallied two pars – generated a 53 en route to 85th place individually at 186.

Junior Natalie Roth carded a nine-hole score of 38 on Wednesday, while freshman teammate Kate Smith netted a 36 to share the Class AA individual state championship.

Roth and Smith, who won the individual state crown outright in 2012, guided Detroit Lakes to a runaway state team title at 448 – 31 shots better than runner-up Minnewaska Area.

In the Class AA boys meet, Fairmont senior Carter Welchlin capped his outstanding prep playing days by firing a nine-hole mark of 41 at the Ridges course in Jordan on Wednesday.

Welchlin, who chalked up an opening-round 82, closed with a 123 to finish in a five-way tie for 60th place individually.

Delano senior Jordan Peters penciled in a 35 on Wednesday to capture the Class AA boys individual state crown with a winning 27-hole score of 104 – two shots better than Waseca junior Josh Kummerfeldt’s runner-up 106.

Mitch Hagenson fired a third-place individual mark of 108 to guide Staples-Motley to the Class AA boys team state championship at 443 – seven strokes better than Detroit Lakes.