Bishop Garrigan squeezed past Clear Lake 357-359 to capture the North Central Conference title Monday at River Road Golf Course in Algona. Garrigan’s Alexa Capesius was the medalist with a round of 80. Clear Lake’s Meg Monson was runner-up with an 82.
The two teams were heads and shoulders above the rest of the conference field. Third place Humboldt finished 68 strokes behind the Lions with a score of 427.
The Lions also received a 90 from Malorie Fischels, 93 from Lexi Lovik and 94 from Taylor Berger.
The close finish was a marked improvement from a meeting between the two top teams a week earlier at the Bishop Garrigan Invitational played at Spring Valley Golf Course. Garrigan topped the Lions by 18 strokes at that event, 343-361. Humboldt, Emmetsburg and Estherville-Lincoln Central rounded out the field.
Meg Monson shot a (45-36) to lead the Lions with an 81. Taylor Berger was consistent with a (46-46) 92. Lexi Lovik (49-45) and Paige Backhaus (47-47) had 94s.
NCC team standings
Bishop Garrigan 357, Clear Lake 359, Humboldt 427, Hampton-Dumont, 444, Algona 451, Clarion-Goldfield 461, Eagle Grove 485, St. Edmond 486, Webster City 528, Iowa Falls/Alden 593.