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Fellows places 55th at third straight State trip

By Staff | Jun 19, 2016

Natali Fellows made her third consecutive trip to the State Golf Tournament June 14-15 in Jordan, and a 187 total, compiled in uncharacteristic fashion thanks to the weather, landed her a 55th-place finish.

Following up two 83 scores from the Section 2AA Tournament, which earned Fellows medalist honors and a spot atop the section, the recent Blue Earth Area graduate had a 95 score in the first round at State, though inclement conditions forced her to play one final hole the next day.

“We started at 9 o’clock and got pulled off at 11 o’clock,” said Carol Weerts, BEA’s girls golf coach. “We were rained out again at 1, pulled off at 4 with one hole left. (We) had to stick around until 6, never finished and Wednesday came back and played one hole at 7.”

Less than four hours later, Fellows was teeing off for the second round, which she finished at 3:30 p.m. with a 92 score. A two-round total of 139, meanwhile, was the top mark of the tournament.

Weerts, however, made it clear that Fellows’ State outing was just one of many accomplishments by the Buccaneers golfer.

“Natali did a great job,” she said. “She had a few holes that gave her problems, but she had some great holes to replace the bad ones she was able to eagle one hole.”

“And Natali has had a great state experience,” Weerts added. “She must always remember that she is one of the very few from BEA that has competed in State three consecutive times.

Before her 166 total warranted a trip to the state tourney, Fellows earned a seventh-place finish at the Big South?Conference Tournament’s individual conference portion of play.

The performance, a 91 (47-44), also gave Fellows All-BSC?honors for becoming one of the top nine medalists in the tournament.