By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — With a much anticipated start of its new conference schedule, the Colfax girls’ golf team hosted the conference’s first-ever invitational at Whitetail Golf Course last Tuesday.
“We have been building this up as a great opportunity to play for something all season long so our girls were excited to host the first event of the year,” explained head coach Ryan Krall of Colfax’s affiliation with a new girls’ golf conference.
Colfax joined with Osseo-Fairchild, Altoona/Regis and Stanley-Boyd to form a new 4-school conference this season.
And for the Vikings, they got off to a good start placing second in the first two matches of that new association with Abby DeMoe claiming medalist (best score) honors in both meets.
The teams battled the rain in the inaugural event held August 28. Despite the weather, Colfax finished second on its home course with 229 strokes. Osseo-Fairchild won the event with a 195 and Altoona/Regis finished with a 235 for the three-scoring squads.
“Recent rains had really soaked our course, which made it play much longer than normal – and that isn’t necessarily a strength of our kids,” noted Krall. “But we hung in there and posted a good team result for our first event, finishing second behind an Osseo-Fairchild team that played really well.”
Abby DeMoe was the medalist with a score of 42, earning the team the much needed ten conference points she hopes to earn each match.
“Her (DeMoe) game has improved so much even from the last two years in which she was a state qualifier,” said Krall.
McKenna Yingst, who finished with a 56, and Morgan Schlesuner, who carded a 55, were steady players and each scored points in the first event. Abbi Farley (83) had her first experience of the year and did well for the team.
“We have a lot of potential with this team, hopefully we can get them to be their best by the end of the season.”
Team Results: 1. Osseo-Fairchild 195, 2. Colfax 229, 3. Regis/Altoona.
Colfax Individual Results: 1. Abby DeMoe 42, 6. Morgan Schleusner 55, 8. McKenna Yingst 56, 17. Abby Klueckmann 76, 18. Hannah Lemler 78, 21. Abbi Farley 83.
Individual Top 10 Results: 1. Abby DeMoe (COL) 42, 2. Keila Kittelson (OF) 43, 3. Bella Nicolai (OF) 49, 4. Madyson Rosman (OF) 50, 5. Izzy Popple (OF) 53, 6. Sydni Yarrington (ERA) 55, 6. Morgan Schleusner (COL) 55, 8. McKenna Yingst (COL) 56, 8. Lily Kostka (ERA) 56, 10. Janessa Bourdreau (OF) 57.
Two days later, the Lady Vikings traveled to Whispering Pines Golf Course in Cadott for the second conference match hosted by Stanley-Boyd.
Colfax once again finished in second behind a tough Osseo-Fairchild team. The Lady Thunder shot a 209 with the Vikings tallying a 223 just three strokes ahead of Altoona/Regis’ score of 226.
“The back nine there is especially tough and most of our girls had never seen it before today,” according to coach Krall. “But the girls did a great job at a really difficult course.”
Abby DeMoe took her second straight conference win, shooting a 42 for medalist honors.
“Her consistency is really her greatest strength – hopefully she can keep that going as our season goes on,” said Krall.
McKenna Yingst shot her all time best round at Whispering Pines Thursday with a score of 52 which put her in a tie for fourth place.
“Her (Yingst) progress this year has been a life saver for us, we are excited about what she can do by the end of our season,” Krall explained.
Morgan Schleusner finished with a 55 and Abby Klueckmann scored a 72 and Hannah Lemler an 84.
According to Krall the team is trending in the right direction finishing only 14 strokes behind Osseo-Fairchild.
“As a team, we closed the gap a little bit on Osseo-Fairchld in that last match,” added Krall. “If a few things break our way I think we can contend with them later in the season,” he finished.
The girls travel to Osseo tomorrow, September 6 for their next conference match and return home next Monday, September 10 to Whitetail Golf Course.
Team Results: 1. Osseo-Fairchild 209, 2. Colfax 223, 3. Regis/Altoona 226.
Colfax Individual Results: 1. Abby DeMoe 44, 4. McKenna Yingst 52, 7. Morgan Schleusner 55, 16. Abby Klueckmann 72, 17. Hannah Lemler 84.
Individual Top 10 Results: 1. Abby DeMoe (COL) 44, 2. Keila Kittleson (OF) 48, 3. Madyson Rosman (OF) 51, 4. McKenna Yingst (COL) 52, 4. Izzy Popple (OF) 52, 4. Lily Kostka (ERA) 52, 7. Morgan Schleusner (COL) 55, 8. Emma Anderson (ERA) 56, 8. Sydni Yarringson (ERA) 56, 10. Bella Nicolai (OF) 58.