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Karkela medalists twice in one day

A rare doubleheader of golf was in store for the Perham girls golf team Monday, May 16, as travels landed the team at Tipsinah Mounds in Elbow Lake and Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Breckenridge.

"Monday was the first 'nice' day to play," Head Coach Cory Solberg said. "Our team as a whole played great at both courses."

Holly Karkela garnered medalist honors winning both tournaments. She shot a low of 41 at Tipsinah and a 39 at Bois de Sioux.

"It was great to see Holly take first at both matches, I think she is finding her stride as we wind down our season."

Kaylan Huber had a strong day finishing second at Tipsinah a stroke back of Karkela with a 42.

"Kaylan is always the model of consistency and also placed at both matches."

Huber finished fourth at Bois de Sioux carding a 44. Destiny Mitchell made the top six with a fifth place round of 45.

Rachel Nelson and Ali Smith also continued to keep Perham well out in front of the conference standings with their play.

"Rachel, Ali, and Destiny have played very consistent for us all year and they are in the top 15 in our conference."

The top 15 conference golfers automatically gain all-conference honors at seasons end. Karkela is first, Huber second, Nelson fifth, Smith eighth and Mitchell has moved up to 12th.

Solberg also has the luxury of some younger talent.

"We had a seventh grader, Becca Huus, get in her first varsity matches and she played extremely well for her age, especially at Breckenridge."

The Yellowjackets have a stranglehold on the conference title with a lowest possible score of five, having swept all five conference tournaments this season. No other team is in single digits.

Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal is a distant second with 11 points. Pelican Rapids is third with 15.

Last Thursday, the girls team traveled to Longbow Golf Course in Walker placing third out of 10 teams.

Karkela finished fifth to lead the Jackets. She shot 86. Huber and Nelson shot 91. Mitchell came in with a 92.

Crookston took the team title with a 355. Roseau was second two strokes back. Perham's 360 was good for third, ahead of Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal's 371.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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