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Huus qualifies for second straight trip to state

Perham sophomore Becca Huus advanced to the state meet for the second year. Brian Basham/Forum News Service

WALKER — Sophomore Becca Huus knows what it takes to qualify for the state golf meet and did so for the second straight year carding an 81 to lead the Perham girls team and keep the streak of Perham girls players at state in tact.

Huus follows Holly Karkela and good friend Rachel Nelson in a streak that stretches back to the 2008-2009 golf season.

Huus qualified last year as a freshman and found out the hard way what life can be like at the state meet in Jordan where weather typically seems to play a strong element. She shot 42 and 45 day one and a 41 on the back nine in a tournament cut to 54 holes due to rainfall.

The same happened this year at Sections in Walker with day one being cut short due to rainfall causing the tournament to be completed Tuesday. In both conditions, Huus found a way to advance.

“Great play from Becca, she has such a great golf demeanor about her,” Head Coach Cory Solberg said. “She played great both days and was able to compete at the highest level, our team is so proud of what she has been able to accomplish this spring, given the unusual conditions this season. We can't wait until next week!”

“Sections this year was very interesting, causing it to go to two days due to the hardest downpour I've ever golfed in,” Huus said. “Going to State for the second time is very exciting! Last year, I really just wanted to get used to the course, and experience it. It definitely is a confidence booster for me this year knowing that I've played there before.”

Huus rebounded from a 91 at subsections, typically not a score she shoots, to drop 10 strokes when it really mattered at Long Bow Golf Course to get her shot at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan June 10-11.

“Wildflower really hurt me at subsections, but I'm glad my team made it to Sections because I think it's fun for my teammates to have a little pressure on the first tee box, and it's also a lot more fun going as a team, and having a little longer season.”

Huus’ finish at last year’s state meet was 31st place. Rachel Nelson finished 16th in her senior season. Karkela placed seventh in 2010.

“This year I am looking to score low, and at least get in the top 20,” said Huus.

Detroit Lakes won the team title and return to Jordan the two-time defending state champions.

Coming off an all-time Minnesota state record of 284 last week, the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team dialed it down a bit, but still easily claimed their fifth-straight Section 8-2A championship.

All six Lakers claimed the top spots in the Section 8-2A meet, while yet another step was taken to solidify the team’s place in golf history, as they will now officially be vying for their third-straight Class 2A state championship, which is June 10-11 in Jordan.

The Lakers also doubled down on medalist honors, as seniors Trisa Hutchinson and Natalie Roth tied for the lowest score, each finishing with a two-over par 74.

The next four spots in the tourney also belonged to DL, as Emma Thompson stroked a 77, Kate Smith shot a 79, and Matty Tschider and Sydney Busker each followed with an 81.

“Our goal heading into the section was to improve on last year’s score, which was a 310, so we did that,” said DL head coach Cali Harrier.

“It’s been an emotional last few meets, because we know it’s coming to an end.”

Perham was led by three freshman, Huus’ state qualifying score of 81 and a tie for fifth place, followed by Liz Sonnenberg (94), seven strokes off a state qualifying score, and Alisha Rosen (113).

Sophomore Danielle Graham shot 115, followed by senior Michaela Soule (119) and junior Hannah Solberg (132).

As a team, Perham placed fifth.

Other state qualifiers joining Huus are Alexa Bekkerus of Pelican Rapids (81); Ally Tiedemann of Crookston (86); Josee Lundgren, Roseau (87) and Kelsey Schlenk, a senior from East Grand Forks, who entered Sections with an individual score and moves on after shooting an 87.

Team results (*state qualifier)

*Detroit Lakes 304,

Roseau 395,

Crookston 397,

Hawley 398,

Perham 403,

Pelican Rapids 414

Individual Top 5:

Co-Medalists: Trisa Hutchinson and Natalie Roth, DL 74

3rd Emma Thompson, DL 77

4th Kate Smith, DL 79

5th Matty Tschider, DL 81

5th Sydney Busker, DL 81

5th Rebecca Haus, Perham 81

5th Alexis Bekkerus, PR 81

Perham Girls: (Name, Grade, Score)

Rebecca Huus, 9, 81 State Qualifier

Liz Sonneberg, 9, 94

Alisha Rosen, 9, 113

Danielle Graham, 10, 115

Michaela Soule, 12, 119

Hannah Solberg, 11, 132

Pelican Rapids:

Alexa Bekkerus, 11, 81, State Qualifier

Charlotte Johnson, 12, 109

Kaitlyn Osborne, 12, 111

Abby Johnson, 9, 113

Kiersten Markgraf, 12, 123

Katie Braaten, 11, 131

Detroit Lakes: Section Champs

Trisa Hutchinson, 12, 74, Co-Medalis

Natalie Roth, 12, 74, Co-Medalist

Emma Thompson, 12, 77

Kate Smith, 10, 79

Sydney Busker, 11, 81

Matty Tschider, 12, 81


Ally Tiedemann, 8, 86 State Qualifier

Maddie Nicholls, 9, 89

Amber Trostad, 12, 110

Emily Ricord, N/A, 112

Abby Parr, 10, 114

Brelee Jobe, 7, 168


Paige Mattfeld, 11, 91

Olivia Rasmussen, 11, 98

Maren Danielson, 10, 104

Shayanne Mattfeld, 9, 105

Zoe Dauner, 8, 110

Ashley Olson, 10, 113


Josee Lundgren, 10, 87, State Qualifier

Mack Bergstrom, 9, 102

Haley Wensloff, 12, 103

Hannah Radcliffe, 11, 103

Nicole Miller, 11, 107

Kirsten Grafstrom, 10, 116

Individuals: South (Name, School, Grade, Score):

Hannah Rehder, Barnesville, 10, 101

Brittany Lormis, Frazee, 9, 104

Morgan Daniels, Fergus Falls, 12, 105

Katie Shelstad, Fergus Falls, 11, 110

Individuals: North:

Kelsey Schlenk, 12, East Grand Forks, 87 State Qualifier

McKenna Blaine, 10, Thief River Falls, 93

Mak Langei, 9 East Grand Forks, 109

Nicole Schlenk, 9, East Grand Forks. 91

Sara Fanfulik, 10, Thief River Falls, 111

Bailee Kolden, 9, Thief Rivers Falls, 99

Forum News Service’s Brian Wierima contributed to this story.

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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