CHAMPIONS: The Otters pose with their section title trophy. From left to right, coach Ben Jurgens, Annika Jyrkas, Olivia Jurgens, Ella Mayer, Ellia Soydara, Annie Mayer and coach Amber Hovland.

The Fergus Falls Otters girls golf team saved their best for when it mattered most, on their quest to repeat as Section 8AA champions. Fergus shot their best team round of the season, on June 7, carding a 329 on day two of the section tournament, for a two day total of 680 and winning by 26 strokes over second place Perham. Park Rapids was third with a 730, Hawley at 749, Roseau a 781 and East Grand Forks fired a 783.

Individually, the Otters had five golfers who finished in the top ten. Annika Jyrkas finished in third place, with a two day total of 164. Annie Mayer claimed fifth, carding a 170. Ellia Soydara was seventh 174, Lexi Metcalf eighth 176 and Ella Mayer finished with a 179, good for ninth place. Olivia Jurgens rounded out the Fergus scoring with a 192.

“Metcalf, Ella and Annie all shot career lows,” stated Otters coach Ben Jurgens. “Ella had a fantastic round of golf to get us started and posted our first round on the board.

Perham’s Mallory Belka was the medalist, finishing with a total of 150.

Fergus now turns their attention to the state meet.

“If we go down there and play two rounds of golf like we did the last round in Bemidji, we will give ourselves a chance,” mentioned Jurgens. “Top three teams make the podium and that will be our first goal.”

“Coming into the season our expectation was to compete for state, since we have familiarity with the course,” said Soydara, who will attend M State next fall for academics and golf.

Fellow senior Ella echoes the expectations for the team and adds, “Our consistency is attributed to the work and competitive play we have in the off season.” Ella is heading to the University of Mississippi in the fall.

The team as a whole is looking forward to spending time together and hitting the links for the final two rounds as a team.

The Class AA State Tournament will be held on June 14-15, at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, located in Jordan.

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