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The Pequot Lakes girls’ golf team won the Section 7AA title on Thursday, May 29, in Grand Rapids. Team members include: Amanda Nies, left, Alex Stone, Sam Olmscheid, Megan Snyder, Maggie Heggerston, Bella Abear and coach Jon Dale. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Patriots reach milestone with 299

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Heggerston sets state record with 62 as PL wins section Pequot Lakes girls’ golf coach Jon Dale joking challenged his team last season by saying he would buy them all a new car if they ever broke a combined team score of 300 at a meet.

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The Patriots finished with a school record round of 299 to easily outdistance the field and win the Section 7AA title on Thursday, May 29, at Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids. Pequot Lakes, which was led by Maggie Heggerston’s state record round of 67, will advance to state for the third time in four years. The Class 2A state golf tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11, at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

“I will have to buy the girls Matchbox cars, or something a little bigger,” Dale said of his challenge, “but honestly, it was a lot of fun to get a 299 score. Our whole team, especially Maggie’s performance, was amazing.”

Heggerston as she not only set a school record, but believed to have set a girls’ state high school record, with a final round of 62. That score, combined with her first-round 67 on Tuesday, May 27, gave her a two-day total of 129 to claim the individual championship.

“Maggie was amazing.. that was crazy good. That’s like going to a whole new world. Once they’re rolling to try to stay away. they’re in a zone. focusing.

Heggerston finished 26 strokes ahead of the runner-up and completed the back nine on the final day in just 29 strokes, thanks to eagles on No. 10 and No. 18.

“It won’t sink in until I play my next round and realize how hard it is to shoot 62,” Heggerston said of the record round. “It was my first boggy free round.”

The junior, who is committed to golf for the University of Minnesota, began the final round with an eagle on the par 5 10th hole.

“After I birdied the second hole, I knew it was going to be a good day,” she said. “I knew exactly where I was (for the final round score) but I wasn’t nervous until the final hole. There were a lot of people watching and I had a 10-foot putt to finish the round, and my hands were shaking. It was exciting, especially for our team to shoot 299. We didn’t think we would ever do that.”

The Patriots finish the section with a 604 team total, 117 strokes ahead of second-place Hibbing. Pequot Lakes was switched to Section 7AA this season after competing in 6AA in recent years.

“Pokegama is a shorter course, which works for out team with our great chippers and putters like Alex Stone,” Dale said. “Alex started off slowly, but hung in there and had a nice round with a 79.”

The top four individual finishes went to the Patriots with Amanda Nies in second (155), Sam Olmscheid third (159) and Alex Stone fourth (161). Rounding out the Pequot scores were Megan Snyder in seventh (172) and Bella Abear 14th (188).

“I feel like we’re all trying to catch Detroit Lakes, but we are pretty confident going into the state meet,” said Nies, a sophomore who carded a personal best 76 in the section final. “We’ve all played (Ridges at Sand Creek). I know the holes well since I’ve been on the team since seventh grade.”

Dale agrees that his team is familiar with the Jordan course. This will be Heggerston’s fourth trip to state and third time for Nies, Olmschied and Snyder.

“We’ve played Jordan so many times that we’re familiar with the breaks, where the water is, and where we have to lay up,” he said. “We hope to do well, but it’s a tough field. Detroit Lakes is the two-time defending champion with everyone back, and Red Wing dropped down to Class AA this year. They are probably the top two teams in the state.”

Team scores: Pequot Lakes 305-299-604, Hibbing 366-355-721, International Falls 395-376-771, Eveleth-Gilbert 427-409-836

Section champion: Maggie Heggerston (PL) 67-62-129

Other Pequot Lakes results: 2-Amanda Nies 79-76-155,3 3-Sam Olmscheid 77-82-159, 4-Alex Stone 82-79-161, 7-Megan Snyder 84-88-172, 14-Bella Abear 92-96-188

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