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Perham captures HOL Championship

The Perham girls golf team went back-to-back at the Wildflower Golf Course on May 23 to win the Heart O'Lakes Conference Championship in Detroit Lakes.

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Perham's Allie King chips onto the green during the HOL Conference Championships at Wildflower Golf Course. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham girls golf team went back-to-back at the Wildflower Golf Course on May 23 to win the Heart O'Lakes Conference Championship in Detroit Lakes.

While the scores were higher than usual due to the cold and windy temperatures, the results remained the same, the Yellowjackets were out in front of the field.

The HOL Championships at Wildflower are broken up into two nine-hole tournaments and the Yellowjackets won them both, securing the season title in the process. Perham won the first tournament with a round of 178, while Barnesville was second with a 189. Hawley-Ulen/Hitterdahl came in third at 193, while Pelican Rapids came in fourth at 226. Frazee was fifth and sixth was Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Perham's Mallory Belka was first with a 39, while Allie King took home second place honors with a 43. Hawley's Faith Justesen was third with a 45, while Barnesville's Callie Krause finished with a 45 for fourth. Barnesville's Kailey Boman finished with a 47 for fifth, while Liv Brasel ended with a 48 for Barnesville for sixth.

Perham's Rylee Hunt finished with a 48 as did Lexi Kunza. Hope Rosen came in with a 55, while Olivea McDonald ended the tournament with a 56 for Perham.

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The Yellowjackets captured the HOL team title with a first place finish on the back nine. The Yellowjackets finished with a round of 195. Hawley came in second place with a score of 200, securing the second place spot for the season as well. Barnesville was third with a score of 201, while Pelican Rapids was fourth with a score of 237. Frazee was fifth and DGF came in sixth place.

Justesen picked up the win on the back nine. She finished with a 43, while Belka came in second with a 45. Belka was the conference's Most Valuable Player for her season this year. Pelican Rapids' Jenna Stetz came in with a round of 47, while Brasel was fourth with a 48. King finished with a 49 for fifth place. King finished the year second overall behind Belka in the chase for the top spot. DGF's Brenna Balken rounded out the top six when she finished with a 49.

Hunt finished with a 55 for Perham and earned HOL All-Conference honors. Kunza finished the day with a 51 and picked up All-Conference honors as well.

Rosen finished with a 50 and closed strong but just missed All-Conference by 1.5 strokes. McDonald finished with a 56, rounding out the field for Perham.

The Yellowjackets now set their sights on the first day of the Section 8A Tournament which begins on May 29 at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids Area. The top three teams advance to Bemidji for the two-day championships.

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Perham's Mallory Belka watches her birdie putt approach the cup during the HOL Conference Championships at Wildflower Golf Course. Belka earned the HOL Most Valuable Player award for the 2019 season. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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