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East Ridge girls golf: Raptors finish second in first conference match

The East Ridge girls golf team teed it up for the first time this season, taking 10th place at the 19-team Irondale Invitational on Monday, April 16, at the TPC in Blaine. Despite the pleasant spring thus far, the teams battled brutal conditions with temperatures in the 30's and 25 mile-per-hour winds coming out of the north.

In the poor conditions, East Ridge carded a 388 as a team. Minnewaska finished first with a 337, earning a tie-breaker over Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater, which also shot 337. Fellow SEC schools Woodbury, Mounds View and Forest Lake finished 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively.

East Ridge sophomore Andriel Aimua led the way for the Raptors with a 95. Fellow sophomore Taylor Anderson carded a 96, followed by senior Ashley Lehner, who shot a 98 and senior Lindsey Garaghty, who shot a 99 to round out East Ridge's top four.

Minnewaska sisters Brianna and Jenna Janu shared medalist honors with 79s.

Following the opener, East Ridge kicked off Suburban East Conference play on Thursday, April 19, at Prestwick. The Raptors started off on the right foot, finishing in second place to Stillwater. East Ridge shot 181 as a team in the 9-hole competition. Stillwater shot 161. Cretin-Derham Hall's Celia Kuenster earned medalist honors with a 37. Individual results were not made available.

The Raptors competed in SEC meet No. 2 on Monday, then went to play a tournament at Lake City Golf Course on Tuesday after the Bulletin went to press. Next, East Ridge returns to conference play at Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul today.