NB golfers take fourth at Falcon Ridge

Vikings led by Carlson, Elkerton

Junior Janice Elkerton tees off on the first hole at Falcon Ridge Golf Course.

Junior Janice Elkerton tees off on the first hole at Falcon Ridge Golf Course.

The North Branch girls golf season is officially underway.

After three postponements, the Vikings took advantage of the near-70 degree weather on Monday afternoon. They competed in a Mississippi 8 Conference-East meet at Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Stacy, although the temperature dropped to low 50s with the help of an increasing northwest wind throughout the day.

The Vikings placed fourth of five teams with a score of 441. Cambridge-Isanti grabbed the win at 397, followed by St. Francis (399) and Princeton (437). Chisago Lakes recorded an incomplete score.

Senior Emily Carlson led the way for North Branch by shooting 100, followed by junior Janice Elkerton at 102.

Eighth-grader Natalie Olinske recorded a score of 118, while junior Grace DeVault earned a 121. Junior Sandy Fernow rounded out the varsity with a 123.

Head coach Dave Ambers said his team played steady, if unspectacular.

“This was the first time on any course for many of the girls, and we hope that some on-course practice, especially in and around the greens, will help our team scores,” he said.

Junior Grace DeVault hits an iron into the 18th hole on Monday evening. Photos by Greg Hunt, Isanti County News

Junior Grace DeVault hits an iron into the 18th hole on Monday evening.
Photos by Greg Hunt, Isanti County News

North Branch faced the same opponents on Wednesday at Ponds Golf Course and next compete in a conference meet at Bunker Hills Golf Course at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

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