Israelson, Klefsaas, Koenig headed to state golf meet
Andrew Israelson was the Section 6AA champion for boys golf, Olivia Klefsaas placed second for the girls and Hailey Koenig also advanced to girls state with a seventh place finish at Blackberry Golf Course in Sartell on June 6 and 7. All three will compete in the state meet at Sand Creek in Jordan, June 14-15.
For the boys team, Israelson was in first place by two strokes after shooting 75 on day one. He cambe back with the same score on day two to win the title by one stroke.
Tyler Helling finished one stroke away from qualifying for a playoff to advance to state. He shot 81 and 82 for a total of 163. Other Staples Motley scores were Beck Erholtz 85, 87 - 172; Finn Erholtz 89, 91 - 180; Jack Benson 96, 104 - 200.
The scores put the boys team in third place at the section, a great accomplishment for the young team with only one senior, but 34 strokes away from the first place team.
The girls did not have a team score with only three golfers, but with two of the top seven individuals and Alix Peterson’s 102, the Cardinals were among the best teams at the section.
The weekend before the section, Klefsaas and Israelson won meets.
On June 4, Olivia Klefsaas was the medalist at the Wapicada golf course in Sauk Rapids, winning the six team meet by three strokes. She shot 82, while Koenig tied for third with 93. Peterson also had a good round, shooting 98.
Israelson was medalist at a meet at Blackberry Ridge on June 4, shooting 72. Beck Erholtz shot 87, Finn Erholtz 90, Helling 91 and Benso 104 as the team placed second.