Yellowjacket girls conference champions
It was a clean sweep for the Perham Yellowjackets girls golf team as they took home another Heart O' Lakes Conference championship Tuesday, at Wildflower Golf Course, in Detroit Lakes.
The win comes as no surprise as the Yellowjackets dominated conference meets this season thanks to Holly Karkela, the conference's most valuable player, and Kaylan Huber, along with three Yellowjackets underclassmen, who made big leaps and improved throughout the season.
The senior duo of Karkela and Huber led the conference in scoring average. Karkela was tops with 40.14 and Huber second at 42.71.
In all, five Yellowjackets scored in the top 15 in conference scoring average earning each player all-conference honors.
Rachel Nelson was sixth averaging 46.14. Destiny Mitchell made a steady climb from outside the top 15 early in the season to finish 11th best scoring an average of 47.42 strokes. Ali Smith was next in 12th averaging 47.85.
Perham took the conference championship at Wildflower Golf Course by an eight stroke advantage shooting a combined score of 181. Barnesville finished second with 189. Barnesville's finish was a bit of surprise, as Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal had made a habit of finishing runners-up to the front running Yellowjackets most of the season.
Karkela was best on the front nine shooting a 41. Huber had low score on the back nine with a 43. Karkela was as stroke back at 44, which was good for another title in her incredible run this season. She was victorious in each conference meet during the season.
The conference standings after all meets was a runaway for the Yellowjackets, scoring a lowest possible nine points. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal was second a distant 13 points back with 22. Pelican Rapids was third and Barnesville fourth.
Perham returns to Wildflower Golf Course today, (Thursday, May 26), to compete in the Section 8AA Sub-Section Tournament.
HOL STANDINGS (Final)
AFTER TODAY'S TOURNEY
TEAMS POINTS PLACE
PERHAM 9 1ST
HAWLEY UH 22 2ND
PELICAN RAPIDS 26 3RD
BARNESVILLE 35 4TH
WEST CENTRAL 42 5TH
DGF 52 6TH
FRAZEE 64 7TH
BRECKENRIDGE 71 8TH
HOL All Conference team:
1 PERHAM Karkela, Holly 40.14
2 PERHAM Huber, Kaylan 42.71
3 HAWLEY/UH Matfeld, Lexi 43.28
4 PEL RPDS Strand, Mackenzie 45.28
5 HAWLEY/UH Anderson, Gabby 46.14
6 PERHAM Nelson, Rachel 46.14
7 W CENTRAL Keep, Megan 46.71
8 HAWLEY/UH Danielson, Rylee 46.85
9 PEL RPDS Youn, Chaiwon (Emily) 46.85
10 PEL RPDS Bekkerus, Alexa 47.42
11 PERHAM Mitchell, Destiny 47.42
12 PERHAM Smith, Ali 47.85
13 PEL RPDS Husted, Liz 48.00
14 BRNSVLL Halverson, Chelsey 48.28
15 W CENTRAL Amundson, Megan 48.57
Girls HOL Golf @ Wildflower Golf Course (Front 9)
Perham 181, Barnesville 189, Hawley 191, Pelican Rapids 197, WCA 206,
DGF 234, Breckenridge 287, Frazee 289
Holly Karkela, Perham 41, Lexi Matfeld, Hawley 44, Kaylan Huber,
Perham 45, Mackenzie Strand, Pelican Rapids 46, Chelsey Halverson,
Barnesville 46, Megan Keep, WCA 46
Girls HOL Golf @ Wildflower Golf Course (Back 9)
Perham 185, Hawley 195, Pelican Rapids 199, Barnesville 211, WCA 212,
DGF 215, Frazee 292, Breckenridge 296
Kaylan Huber, Perham 43, Lexi Matfeld, Hawley 44, Holly Karkela,
Perham 44, Mackenzie Strand, Pelican Rapids 45, Gabby Anderson, Hawley
48, Michele Bekkerus, DGF 48