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Girls Golf: Woodbury's Aayushi Sarkar named SEC individual champion

Bethany Habbena tees off at the first hole on Thursday as the No. 5 golfer for East Ridge. The Raptors finished eighth as a team. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Sophomore Alli Lentz shot an 85 as the No. 2 golfer for the Park Wolfpack. Park finished with fifth place as a team. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Sophomore Aayushi Sarkar from Woodbury shot a 76 as the No. 1 golfer for the Royals. Woodbury finished fourth as a team. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

STILLWATER—The hot, humid and muggy weather came in the early morning and stayed throughout the entire day. That hit the golfers hard in the final Suburban East Conference match in the regular season.

The match took place at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater, Minnesota, and it was a combination of varsity and junior varsity players to get one last round in before the sectional tournament next week.

"This is the time of year where we want to peak as a team," said junior Maddi Hanson from Woodbury. "This wasn't a perfect match, but after a week of practice we should be competing hard for that section title."

Woodbury, Park and East Ridge competed with the other six teams in the conference on Thursday, which resulted in fourth, fifth and eighth places respectively. Roseville took home the conference title as a team, but sophomore Aayushi Sarkar took home the individual title representing Woodbury.

Sarkar received the All-Conference champion medal for having the top score in the conference throughout the regular season.

"I felt comfortable [at this golf course]," Sarkar said. "I started off strong and just kept that mindset going throughout the day."

To round out the Royals on the All-Conference team was Michelle Yang, while Hannah Daly was an All-Conference Honorable Mention.

As for Park, the Wolfpack had a couple of members join the All-Conference team as Carissa Oberding and Alli Lentz made the list. The two are the No. 1 and 2 golfers for Park this season and have continued to improve each match during the regular season.

Oberding said she's shoot some of her best scores this season and hopes that can continue to improve at the most important match, the sectional tournament. The two are also looking at the team and figuring out ways to make sure everyone comes back on day two of the sectionals.

"We need to make sure our shots make it onto the greens and that's what we'll be working on quite a bit this next week," Lentz said.

Along with Oberding and Lentz, there were three Wolfpack golfers that were named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention. Those three were Maddy Bloedal, Mackenzie Husaby and Emily Waldo.

The East Ridge Raptors didn't have a golfer on either list, but that's not going to stop them this week in preparing for the most important time of the year. They understand what's at stake and the Raptors' two captains, Cassandra Stephens and Kayla Glatzmaier, will make sure their team is ready to compete.

The main thing that came up between the two of them was the team's putting and how players need to be strong in putting to finish off big holes. To those two, it's a momentum change and can change how you play holes in the future.

"It's been a roller coaster season with many ups and downs," Stephens said. "We just need to make sure we are at our peak come Friday next week."

The girls golf teams will meet up again on Friday, June 1 to play the first round of the sectional tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. After the first day, a select few of teams and individual players will compete on the second day to determine who will be advancing to the state tournament.

Woodbury Results

Team: 354 - Fourth Place

No. 1: Aayushi Sarkar - 76 (All-Conference Team)

No. 2: Maddi Hanson - 87 (All-Conference Team)

No. 3: Michelle Yang - 93 (All-Conference Team)

No. 4: Hannah Daley - 99 (All-Conference Honorable Mention)

No. 5: Isabel Lippai - 98

No. 6: Laine Aeilts - 110

Park Results

Team: 357 - Fifth Place

No. 1: Carissa Oberding - 90 (All-Conference Team)

No. 2: Alli Lentz - 85 (All-Conference Team)

No. 3: Emily Waldo - 91 (All-Conference Honorable Mention)

No. 4: Mackenzie Husaby - 91 (All-Conference Honorable Mention)

No. 5: Maddy Bloedal - 95 (All-Conference Honorable Mention)

No. 6: Emily Chilton - 109

East Ridge Results

Team: 408 - Eighth Place

No. 1: Cassandra Stephens - 102

No. 2: Kyra Venne - 104

No. 3: Kayla Glatzmaier - 101

No. 4: Kennedy Uzpen - 101

No. 5: Lindsey Spolidoro - 107

No. 6: Bethany Habbena - 109

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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