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Park Rapids golf teams sweep titles at home

The Panthers played well at Headwaters Golf Club to win a pair of Northern Pines Conference meets.

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Tate Usher chipped onto the No. 1 green during a Northern Pines Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club on Wednesday, April 28. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Mady Maninga earned medalist honors twice in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a pair of wins during Northern Pines Conference play at Headwaters Golf Club on Wednesday, April 28.

Maninga carded a 41 on the front 9 as the Panthers topped the nine-team field with a 132 and followed with a 45 as Park Rapids led the way with a 147 on the back 9. Maninga claimed medalist honors for the third time in leading the Panthers to wins in the first three conference meets.

Rounding out the Panthers’ three-golfer team score on the front 9 were Anna Eckmann with a 43 and Lexi Usher with a 48. Natalie Backmann (60), Louisa Etter (66) and Maria Wagner (77) also competed for Park Rapids.

On the back 9, Eckmann’s 46 and Usher’s 56 led Park Rapids to another win. Backmann (67), Etter (68) and Wagner (92) rounded out the Panthers’ squad.

United North Central’s Alayna Day carded rounds of 47 and 53 while Sofia Anderson (53 and 58) and Sarah Boettcher (55 and 64) competed for Nevis.

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Bigfork took second in the team standings in both meets with scores of 158 and 173. Pine River-Backus was the only other team fielding three golfers.

Girls team scores (front 9): Park Rapids 132, Bigfork 158, Pine River-Backus 168. Incomplete teams: Nevis, United North Central, Cass Lake-Bena, Deer River, Red Lake, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Individual results
Medalist: Mady Manninga, PR, 41. 2, Anna Eckmann, PR, 43. 3, Kianna Johnson, WHA, 46. Other scores: Alayna Day, UNC, 47; Lexi Usher, PR, 48; Sofia Anderson, N, 53; Sarah Boettcher, N, 55; Natalie Backmann, PR, 60; Louisa Etter, PR, 66; Maria Wagner, PR, 77.
Girls team scores (back 9): Park Rapids 147, Bigfork 173, Pine River-Backus 175. Incomplete teams: Nevis, United North Central, Cass Lake-Bena, Deer River, Red Lake, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Individual results
Medalist: Mady Maninga, PR, 45. 2 (tie), Anna Eckmann, PR, and Kianna Johnson, WHA, 46. Other scores: Alayna Day, UNC, 53; Lexi Usher, PR, 56; Sofia Anderson, N, 58; Sarah Boettcher, N, 64; Natalie Backmann, PR, 67; Louisa Etter, PR, 68; Maria Wagner, PR, 92.

PR boys sweep

The Park Rapids boys also swept both NPC meets on their home course on Wednesday, April 28.

Tate Usher earned medalist honors with a 35 on the front 9 as the Panthers topped the field with a 161. On the back 9, Isaiah Phillippi tied for runner-up honors with a 39 in leading Park Rapids to a 170 team score.

Nolan Eckmann’s 39, Phillippi’s 43 and Hunter Harrison’s 44 rounded out Park Rapids’ team score on the front 9. Alec Nordin carded a 46 and Kenton Klein had a 51.

On the back 9, Usher’s 40, Nordin’s 45 and 46s by Eckmann and Klein completed the Panthers’ team score while Harrison added a 47.

United North Central finished second in both meets. Carter Hillukka’s runner-up 38, Andreas Aho’s 41, Nick Wurdock’s 44 and Josh Hillukka’s 46 led to a 169 on the front 9 while Aho’s medalist round of 38, Wurdock’s 42, Carter Hillukka’s 46 and Joey Hillukka’s 48 gave the Warriors a 174 on the back 9. Ryan Tolkkinen carded rounds of 48 and 53, Joey Hillukka had a 51 on the front 9 and Josh Hillukka had a 50 on the back 9.

Nevis carded a 183 team score on the front 9 with Ethan Lewis (45), Ty Warrington (46), Lealan Norby (46) and Daniel Lindow (50) leading the way. On the back 9, the Tigers finished third with a 177 behind Norby’s 40, Warrington’s 42, Blaine Leckie’s 46 and Lewis’ 49. Eddie Kramer and Leckie carded 55s on the front while Kramer’s 55 and Lindow’s 58 rounded out Nevis’ roster on the back.

Boys team scores (front 9): Park Rapids 161, United North Central 169, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 172, Nevis 183.
Individual results
Medalist: Tate Usher, PR, 35. 2, 2, Carter Hillukka, UNC, 38. 3, Nolan Eckmann, PR, 39. Other scores: Andreas Aho, UNC, 41; Isaiah Phillippi, PR, 43; Hunter Harrison, PR, 44; Nick Wurdock, UNC, 44; Ethan Lewis, N, 45; Alec Nordin, PR, 46; Josh Hillukka, UNC, 46; Ty Warrington, N, 46; Lealan Norby, N, 46; Ryan Tolkkinen, UNC, 48; Daniel Lindow, N, 50; Kenton Klein, PR, 51; Joey Hillukka, UNC, 51; Eddie Kramer, N, 55; Blaine Leckie, N, 55.
Boys team scores (back 9): Park Rapids 170, United North Central 174, Nevis 177, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 181.
Individual results
Medalist: Andreas Aho, UNC, 38. 2 (tie), Isaiah Phillippi, PR, and Parker Brock, WHA, 39. Other scores: Tate Usher, PR, 40; Lealan Norby, N, 40; Nick Wurdock, UNC, 42; Ty Warrington, N, 42; Alec Nordin, PR, 45; Nolan Eckmann, PR, 46; Kenton Klein, PR, 46; Carter Hillukka, UNC, 46; Blaine Leckie, N, 46; Hunter Harrison, PR, 47; Joey Hillukka, UNC, 48; Ethan Lewis, N, 49; Josh Hillukka, UNC, 50; Ryan Tolkkinen, UNC, 53; Eddie Kramer, N, 55; Daniel Lindow, N, 58.

WHA wins at Edge

Parker Brock’s medalist round of 35 led W-H-A to the title in the third NPC boys meet at Bigfork’s The Edge Golf Course on Thursday, April 30.

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W-H-A finished with a 157 to edge the Panthers’ 159 team score. Eckmann was the runner-up with a 37 while Usher’s 39, Nordin’s 41 and Harrison’s 42 rounded out Park Rapids’ team score. Phillippi carded a 44 and Klein had a 56.

UNC finished third with a 160 behind Carter Hillukka’s 38, Aho’s 39, Wurdock’s 40 and Tolkkinen’s 43. Andrew Litzau had a 44 and Joey Hillukka carded a 51.

Leading Nevis to a 175 were Lewis’ 41, Norby’s 44, and a pair of 45s by Warrington and Kramer. Leckie carded a 49 and Lindow had a 51.

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Alec Nordin watched his drive off the No. 3 tee box during a Northern Pines Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club on Wednesday, April 28. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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