3 Blossoms qualify for state golf
The Blooming Prairie’s girls and boys golf teams each finished in the top three at the section tournament on Tuesday, June 1, but it was the trio of Jessica Ressler, Halle Strunk and Maggie Bruns that stole the show as they all advanced to the state tournament, which will be held at Pebble Creek Club in Becker on June 15 and 16.
Ressler, a senior, tied for medalist, or first place, with Fillmore Central’s Courtney Hershberger with a two-day score of 186.
Seniors Strunk and Bruns were also among the top 10 individual performers. Strunk earned fifth place with a score of 205 and Bruns, who was competing in varsity golf for the first time this season, shot a 217, which landed her in ninth place.
Seventh-grader Ella Farr rounded out Blooming Prairie’s team score with a 247.
Collectively, the girls team finished with an overall score of 885 and comfortably achieved second place in the tournament.
Eighth-grader Caitlyn Stangl shot a 270 and seventh-grader Aubry Alwes, who was also competing for the varsity team for the first time this year, finished with a 276.
Meanwhile, the boys team finished in third place, just one stroke behind the second-place Bethlehem Academy Cardinals and just three strokes behind the section winners, the Lanesboro Burros.
Coach Carl Peterson said the lead bounced back-and-forth between those three teams until the very last hole when the Burros edged the Cardinals.
The Blossoms were able to keep up with the Burros and Cardinals because Blooming Prairie’s top four golfers, whose scores are combined to form BP’s team score, all finished in the top 15 individual golfers. Junior Colin Jordison was the top-performing Awesome Blossom with a score of 180, which landed him in eighth place. Junior Garret Farr was just two strokes behind with a 182, good for 11th place. Senior Kollyn Alwes shot a 183 and earned 13th place, while freshman Kaiden Alwes was just one stroke behind with a 184 and finished in 14th place.