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ELC hosts top Lakes teams

By Staff | May 6, 2011

Estherville Lincoln Central Girls’ Golf Coach Kevin Richardson gives directions to visitors to the Estherville Golf Course at the start of the ELC Invitational. The Midgettes hosted Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg and Spencer. EDN photo by David Swartz

Hosting the three best teams in the Lakes Conference proved a big challenge for the Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Golf Team at the ELC Invite on Thursday.

Led by medalists Megan Myers and Hanna Drost, Emmetsburg came out on top with a 195.

Spirit Lake golfers had an off night for their team as they shot a 200, Spencer came in third with a 202 while ELC finished with a 224.

“Spirit Lake has been at state for the past couple of years and has a good shot to return and Emmetsburg has been also and has a great chance to return;,” said ELC coach Kevin Richardson. “Both teams could be state bound. These are the three best teams in the conference we played tonight.”

For ELC, Aryn Ward shot a 49 while Taylor Heinrichs carded a 51 as both finished in the top 10 for the night.

ELC’s Paige Hoffmeyer watches her shot as she tees off for Hole No. 3 on the Estherville Golf Course EDN photo by David Swartz

“I wish as a team we could have scored better; but I am proud of Aryn and Taylor for their good scores,” said Richardson. “We faltered in our other four scores to get a couple of mid 50s scores and that hurts.”

ELC’s other three golfers, Paige Hoffmeyer, Raeanna Muller and Tia Bernholtz each shot a 62. Taylor Lago had to withdraw with a back injury.

“Tia had a season low score carding a 62 she did very well for a freshmen just starting to play some varsity meets,” said Richardson.

Spirit Lake was led by Maureen Owens and Leah Hilpipre, who each shot a 48. Emily Ayres and Whitney Berkland each shot a 52 to round out the scoring. Non-counting scores were a 54 by Lindsay Hamilton and a 55 by Hannah Weidemeier.

ELC Invite Medalists*

After finding the bunker on the first hole, Spirit Lake’s Maureen Owens overcame a rough start to finish fourth at the ELC Invite on Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

1.Megan Meyers, E’burg, 44

2.Hanna Drost, E’burg, 47

3.Leah Hilpipre, Spirit Lake, 48

4.Maureen Owens, Spirit Lake, 48

5.Cassie Galm, Spencer, 48

6.Amber Hanson, Spencer, 49

7.Aryn Ward, ELC,49

8.Ashley Pelzer, Emmetsburg, 50

9.Taylor Heinrichs, ELC, 51

10.Whitney Berkland, Spirit Lake 52

*Tie broken by handicap holes