FOREST CITY - A long day on the golf course was made even longer for participants at the Class 3A Regional hosted by Forest City on Monday.
When the day concluded, Clarion-Goldfield and Okoboji led the field of eight teams and will advance to the next round.
Estherville Lincoln Central finished eighth with a 494 while Spirit Lake was fifth with 467.
ELC coach Kevin Richardson said the girls had a chance to play one or two holes before a weather/lightning delay halted play for about an hour a half.
"It was a weird day weather wise," said Richardson. "It was cold and rainy for the first couple of hours and then it quit raining and warmed up but the wind gusted close to 40 mph which made the course very hard, and then for the last hour or so it cooled off and the wind died to a slight breeze. Bear Creek Golf Course is not a creek but a river - in many holes on the back nine you have to carry it a hundred yards or so to clear the water and hazards; this can make it really tough for girls.
"It seemed for us and other teams as well that if you got over the water and stayed out of the hazards that you did OK," he said.
Senior Tia Bernholtz finished 23rd overall to lead ELC as she carded a 113 on nine-hole rounds of 54 and 59. Freshman Megan Brunskill finished with a 123 while senior Lauren-Moeller shot 125 and freshman Gracie Schnell shot 133. Non-counting scores were a 153 by freshman Olivia truog and a 159 by freshman Jordan Origer.
"Megan and Gracie had very good days on this hard of a course; they also just a few water balls. Olivia and Jordan really struggled today and had a tough time with the water," said Richardson. Golf is a lot mental and once you start to struggle and start thinking about the water, the worse it gets.
ELC bids farewell to its two seniors-Bernholtz and Moeller.
"This was Tia's and Lauren's last golf meet; we will really miss them both," said Richardson. "They have been the core of our team for the past two-three years and we knew we could count on their scores. Both struggled a little today - not bad, but we always have high expectation for them."
Meanwhile, Kristen Salzwedel led Spirit Lake with a 111 while Ellie Katzfey shot a 116, Taylor Sieperda a 119 and Macy Smith a 121. Non-counting scores were a 125 by Callan Hinn and a 128 by Lauren Laven.