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Golf: Park Rapids' Anna Eckmann, Mady Maninga post top 10 finishes at state Class AA tournament

Nevis' Lealan Norby, Sofia Anderson made debuts at state Class A tournament.

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Park Rapids' Anna Eckmann carded a 40 on Day 2 of a weather-shortened state Class AA girls golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, for a two-day total of 119 to finish third.
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JORDAN – Park Rapids sophomore Anna Eckmann and junior Mady Maninga posted top 10 finishes during a weather-shortened state Class AA girls golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek on Wednesday, June 15.

Eckmann, who was tied for third place with a 79 on the par-72 course after Day 1 on Tuesday, carded a 40 on Day 2 to finish the 27-hole tournament at 119. Perham’s Mallory Belka defended her state title with rounds of 76 and 38 for a 114 while Lake City’s Ella Matzke moved up to second place with rounds of 79 and 38 for a 117.

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Park Rapids' Mady Maninga (left) tied for seventh place at 121 and Anna Eckmann (right) finished third at 119 at the state Class AA girls golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek.
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Maninga shared 12th place after Day 1 with an 84 before moving up to a share of seventh place with a 37 on Day 2 to finish at 121. Tying for fourth place at 120 were Pequot Lakes’ Genevieve Birkeland (80-40), Redwood Valley’s Julian Brown (78-42) and Victoria Woytassek (81-39). Hawley’s Sophie Cook (84-37) tied Maninga at 121. There were 88 golfers in the state Class AA field.

On Day 1, Eckmann opened with four pars for a 43 on the front side before an eagle on No. 10, a birdie on No. 16 and four pars led to a 36 on the back side. Maninga had a par on No. 7 and a birdie on No. 8 for a 43 on the front while carding four pars for a 41 on the back.

On Day 2, Eckmann had five pars while Maninga opened with four pars and a birdie with two more pars as the golfers started play on the back side before the tournament was called after nine holes.

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Lake City won the team title at 491 with Fergus Falls (530) and Pequot Lakes (535) following.

At last year’s state tournament, Eckmann tied for fifth place at 162 with a pair of 81s while Maninga shared 31st place at 180 with rounds of 91 and 89.

Nevis' Norby, Anderson make debuts

BECKER – Nevis sophomore Lealan Norby and junior Sofia Anderson made their debuts at the state Class A tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

Norby finished 31st out of 87 golfers in the boys field by following an 84 during Day 1 on Tuesday with an 83 on Day 2 on Wednesday for a 167. Norby shared 24th place after Day 1 with a pair of 42s and followed with rounds of 43 and 40 on Day 2. Norby carded a birdie and two pars on the front side and had four pars on the back side on Day 1 while carding three pars on the front side and six pars on the back side on Day 2.

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Nevis' Lealan Norby (left) finished 31st in the boys field and Sofia Anderson (right) tied for 58th place in the girls field at the state Class A golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club.
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New Life Academy’s Cole Witherow won the state title at 146 after a pair of 73s while Fertile-Beltrami’s Rylin Petry was second at 147 with rounds of 75 and 72.

Anderson tied for 58th place out of 85 golfers in the girls field by following a 115 on Day 1 with a 97 on Day 2 for a 212. Anderson had a par on No. 16 during rounds of 56 and 59 to share 73rd place on Day 1 and recorded a par on No. 9 for rounds of 46 and 51 to move up on Day 2.

Legacy Christian Academy’s Emily Brandt won the state title with rounds of 81 and 84 for a 165 while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s Kianna Johnson was second at 166 with rounds of 85 and 81.

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