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Fellows swings her way to State

By Staff | Jun 12, 2016

Natali Fellows poses after her second consecutive 83 score at Section competition. The Blue Earth Area golfer is slated to make her third straight trip to the State Golf Tournament next week.

Blue Earth Area golfer Natali Fellows is returning to the State Golf Tournament next week.

Fellows followed up her 83 score from the first round of Section competition played on Tuesday, May 31, with an identical 83 in the final round last Monday, June 6.

Her two-day total of 166 was the lowest of the Section 2AA Tournament and earned her medalist honors and a ticket to the State Tourney.

The Section Tournament was played at the New Prague Golf Course.

The State Golf Tournament, meanwhile, will be played on June 14-15 at the Ridges at Sand Creek course in Jordan.

This will be Fellows’ third straight trip to the State Tournament but the first time she is going as the Section 2AA champion.

She placed fifth in 2015 and was third in 2014 at the Section Golf Meet.

Fellows’ score of 166 was seven strokes lower than the next best golfer, Crystal Cariveau of Waseca. Both had scored 83 the first day, but Cariveau carded a 90 the second day for a 173 total.

In the end, then, it was Fellows who put forth a captivating performance not only for herself but as a representative of the Buccaneers’ girls golf team.

“Natali had a great day,” said Buc girls coach Carol Weerts. “She stayed focused and kept her head in the game after she had a lost ball penalty. She was hitting the driver strong, had a few hiccups with it but was able to play smart and still get up and down. Her putting game was the best I have seen this season.”

The Buccaneers’ other girl’s team golfer playing in the Section Tourney finals was Mateja?Lane.

Lane had shot an even 100 in the first round but came in with a 104 for Monday’s finals for a two-day total of 204.

That mark put her into 25th place during Section play.

“Mateja was hitting the ball for the most part OK,” said coach Weerts.

It was elsewhere that caused Lane some trouble in the competition, however.

“Her short game really hurt her,” Weerts said. “The greens can be tricky. What Mateja has going for her is she has now been at the Section’s day twice now, so she will have great experience for next year.”