Paynesville Press - June 5, 2002
By Michael Jacobson
Sophomore Heather Fuchs fired one of her best rounds of the season and just missed qualifying for state in golf. Fuchs carded a 91 at the Section 5A golf tournament at Rich-Spring Golf Club on Tuesday, May 28, missing the top five and a state berth by three strokes.
Starting slow, Fuchs played the first six holes in 12-over-par, including an eight on a par three.
But then played the last 12 holes in seven-over-par. She birdied two holes, chipping in from 50 yards out on one hole and hitting an iron close and making a putt on another.
She shot 49 on the front and 42 on the back.
Meet medalist was senior Jackie Beste from Sauk Centre, a Class A co-champion from a year ago. Beste, who will play collegiately at the University of Nebraska, shot a six-over-par round of 78.
Others in the top five were: Logan Gerleman of Rockford (81), Megan Sand of Albany (83), Kelli Burns of Annandale (88), and Alana Retz of Milaca (88).
Becker won the girls' team title at 370, edging New London-Spicer by one stroke. Albany a rival of Paynesville in the WCC North finished third at 376.
On the boys' side, Annandale won the team title, beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 310-321. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (322) was third, and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (324) was fourth.
Of the five boys going to state, three are from the West Central Conference North: medalist Matt Orth of St. Cloud Cathedral (73) and third-place winners Andrew Buchholz of Melrose (75) and Adam Utsch of Albany (75).
Chris Cole (74) and Nick Carlson of New London-Spicer (77) also qualified individually for state, with Carlson winning a three-way playoff for the final spot.
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