EAST GULL LAKE — One of Jenny Muesing’s goals this season was to win the Central Lakes Conference individual title.
Goal accomplished for the Brainerd Warriors sophomore, who fired a 79 Monday at Madden’s Pine Beach East Course to claim the title with a season-long scoring average of 80.
“I figured it out that I was leading the standings when I got to the course today,” said Muesing. “It was definitely pressure. The two girls I golfed with, we all ended up within two shots of each other.
“I’m really happy with how it went. I had more rounds in the 70s and my expectations are growing. Right now I’m disappointed with an 86, where before I would be OK with it.”
Muesing finished fourth in Monday’s round, one shot behind individual medalist Natalie Amundson of Alexandria.
The Warriors shot a season-best 344 to finish fifth in the final conference standings and fifth for Monday’s round. A 348 was the team’s previous low, which the Warriors shot at Grand View Lodge’s Preserve Golf Course at the beginning of the year.
“Jenny played solid all season,” said Warriors head coach Brian Stark. “But today I was real impressed with her. She knew she was close to the top of having that conference title. She played solid and I think her mental game was strong, especially with knowing that potential for a conference title was there.”
An eagle 2 on the par 4 third hole, her ninth hole, helped rejuvenate the frustrated Muesing.
“I had an OK drive that was in the fairway,” the four-year varsity veteran said. “I pulled out my range finder and had 82 yards and I just pulled a 52-degree wedge. I hit it and it felt good at the time, but I thought it was going to be a little long. It bounced once and then just dropped right in the hole.
“I needed it at that point. A few holes before that I had a triple, which kind of hurt me so it really helped me get going again.”
Muesing carded a birdie 5 on the par-6, sixth hole and scored three other pars on the front to shoot 38. She started on the par 3 13th and rattled off five straight pars before a three-putt six on the 18th led her to a 41 on the back nine. That’s when the eagle three holes later turned her spirits around.
“My putting was working very well for the most part,” said Muesing “My lag putts were always really close and that helped a lot. I was pretty confident coming into today.”
Brainerd freshman Hannah Moen worked out of her “funk” and fired a season-best 86. She went out in 46 and came home in 40.
“Some of my drives were slicing at times, but my woods were working very well,” said Moen. “It was nice to be familiar with the course.”
Senior Shannon Chalupsky came back from a wrist injury that kept her out of the lineup the last two weeks to shoot 89 and Brittany Bostrom fired a 90 for the Warriors’ team score.
“I was real impressed with our scores today,” said Stark. “I was especially impressed with Shannon Chalupsky, who came back from an injury to shoot an 89. That was real impressive and should give her confidence going into section play.
“Hannah Moen was struggling the last week and so for her to shoot an 86 is a real good score.”
Monday’s team scores: 1-Alexandria 321, 2-St. Cloud Tech 326, 3-Rocori 335, 4-St. Cloud Apollo 336, 5-Brainerd 344, 6-Willmar 363, 7-Sartell 370, 8-Sauk Rapids 379, 9-Fergus Falls 573
Final conference standings: 1-Alexandria 61, 2-St. Cloud Tech 54.5, 3-St. Cloud Apollo 50.5, 4-Rocori 42.5, 5-Brainerd 36, 6-Willmar 26.5, 7-Sartell 19, 8-Fegus Falls 16, 9-Sauk Rapids 9
Monday’s medalist: Natalie Amundson (Alex) 78
CLC season champion: Jenny Muesing (Brd) 80
Brainerd results: Jenny Muesing 79, Hannah Moen 86, Shannon Chalupsky 89, Brittany Bostrom 90, Emily Aga 93, Molly Aga 108,