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Strong second day gives Becca Huus 21st place at state golf

Becca Huus rallied on her final nine holes to place in the top 30 after day one of the state AA golf meet in Jordan. Brian Basham/Forum News Service

JORDAN — Becca Huus completed a strong finish at the Minnesota Class 2A state golf meet shooting a consistent 40 and 39 to finish in sole possession of 21st place overall with a two-day score of 165.

She moved up nine places from her day one finish in a tie for 30th place and shaved seven strokes after a tough opening day front nine score of 49, followed by a back nine rally to card 37 (86).

"Shots were great, I was making putts and didn't have to deal with the thick rough, at all," Huus said. "Anyone who plays golf knows you can always do better. I am pleased with it, but I'm not really pleased with how I finished. A solid 39 on the back - I was very pleased with that since I made two great birdie putts."

Huus was one-under after five holes on the front side which she shot second Wednesday. She bogied six, seven, eight and doubled nine.

Huus’ finish is the third best in the past three years for the Perham girls golf team.

Rachel Nelson finished 16th last season; Huus was 31st.

In 2011, Holly Karkela was 14th.

Karkela has Perham’s only top 10 finish in the past five years finishing seventh and shooting 162 in 2010 as a junior - three strokes better than what Huus, a sophomore, shot this year.

"I (placed) 21st which makes me a little disappointed, because of a little putt on number six, that should have been an easy par putt, but missed. It happened and I can't change it, but I will accept it knowing there is always room for improvement."

Huus had a pre-tournament goal of making the top 20, which she missed by two strokes behind Detroit Lakes' Emma Thompson in 20th shooting 183, but at such a young age, Huus has two more years of improvement on her already steady game to really make a move up the leaderboard of the 2A championship.

Detroit Lakes won their third consecutive team title behind three-time state champion Kate Smith. Smith and Pequot Lakes Maggie Heggerston tied for co-champion honors shooting one-under 143 for the tournament.

Smith shared the title last year with teammate Natalie Roth and won the championship outright in 2012 as an eighth-grader shooting a 140 to win by nine strokes.

Read Brian Wierima's feature on the state champion Lakers here.

Class AA girls golf meet 

Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minn.

Final results:

Girls team scores:

1. Detroit Lakes 590

2. Pequot Lakes 648

3. Red Wing 650

4. Minnewaska Area 687

5. Osakis 717

6. Visitation-Mendota Heights 733

7. Jordan 738

8. Breck School, Golden Valley 748.

Individual scores:

T-1 Kate Smith, Detroit Lakes 143

T-1 Maggie Heggerston, Pequot Lakes 143

3. Trisa Hutchinson, Detroit Lakes 147

4. Anni Heck, Visitation-MH 149

5. Natalie Roth, Detroit Lakes 150

6. Sydney Busker, Detroit Lakes, 152

T-7. Trianna Thong, Jordan 154

T-7. Marja Sorenson, Rocori-CS 154

T-9. Emily Israelson, Staples-Motley 155

T-9. Mattie Tschider, Detroit Lakes 155

T-9. Stephanie Herzog, Red Wing 155

T-12. Emily Schimbeno, Lake City 158

T-12. Alayna Eldred, Osakis 158

T-14. Nicole Schammel, Red Wing 159

T-14: Emma Groom, St. Croix Lutheran 159

T-16. Jenna Janu, Minnewaska 160

T-16. Hannah Peterson, Marshall 160

18. Mackenzie Olsen, Stewartville 161

19. Amanda Nies, Pequot Lakes 162

20. Emma Thompson, Detroit Lakes 163

21. Rebecca Huus, Perham, 165

Huus tied for 30th after day one at AA state golf meet

JORDAN — Perham sophomore Becca Huus struggled on the front nine on day one of the Minnesota Class AA state girls golf tournament but rallied with a strong back nine to place 30th with an 86.

“Front nine was a struggle,” said Huus. “Once you hit a bad shot, then another one, it's super tough to control your mind, and that is what happened to me basically on the front. Also my putting was iffy.”

Huus shot an uncustomary front side 49 before rallying with a 37 on the final nine holes.

“Going into the back, I looked back at my attitude and score, and thought I know I can do this as long as I change my attitude and control my game, and make putts. That's basically what happened and I'm ready for tomorrow.”

Huus will get to start day two's round on the back nine with a 7:57 a.m. tee time on hole No. 10.

Huus is in a three-way tie for 30th with area golfer Heather Theisen of Wadena-Deer Creek and Katie West of International Falls 14 shots behind Detroit Lakes’ Sydney Busker.

Busker, the defending champions’ number six golfer, sits atop the leaderboard after shooting even par- showcasing the rich talent of the team from Detroit Lakes.

The Lakers lead the team standings by 33 strokes with a score of 293 over Red Wing in second place (328). Pequot Lakes is two strokes back of Red Wing for second place with a team score of 328.

There are 88 participants in this year's tournament.


In the boys AA tournament Providence (300) holds a six-stroke lead over Mankato East (306).

The Section 8AA representatives Ferg Falls are two strokes back with 308; Marshall and Blake are tied at 314, followed by: Virginia 315, Staples-Motley 319 and Byron 333.

Austin van Sytzama of Delano is the 18-hole leader and the only golfer in the sixties shooting 69.

Mankato East's Carter Haley and Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley are two strokes back (71).

14 golfers are within five strokes of the lead, including Fergus Falls' top scorer Chris Swenson.

Swenson shot 37 on the front and 36 on the back side and is tied for 10th place with Providence's Paul Stankey (73).

Class AA girls golf meet 

Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minn.

Day One results

Team Standings:

1. Detroit Lakes 72-73-73-75 293

2. Red Wing 76-78-85-87 326

3. Pequot Lakes 73-81-87-87 328

4. Minnewaska Area 77-85-85-94 341

5. Osakis 81-93-95-97 366

6. Visitation/Mendota Heights 73-91-97-106 367

7. Jordan 78-94-95-104 371

8. Breck School, Golden Valley 90-90-91-100 371

Top 10 Individuals:

1. Sydney Busker, DL, 36-36 72

2. Trisa Hutchinson, DL 35-38 73

2. Maggie Heggerston, Pequot Lakes, 36-37 73

2. Kate Smith, DL 37-36 73

2. Anni Heck, Visitation/Mendota Heights 38-35 73

6. Marja Sorenson, Rocori/Cold Spring 37-37 74

7. Natalie Roth, DL, 38-37 75

8. Nicole Schammel, Red Wing, 38-38 76

8. Mattie Tschider, DL, 40-36 76

10. Jenna Janu, Minnewaska Area, 40-37 77

30. Heather Theisen, W-DC, 46-40 86

30. Katie West, International Falls, 43-43 86

30. Rebecca Huus, Perham, 49-37 86

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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