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Amanda Kaler cruises to repeat at GF all-city golf tournament

After four standout seasons with the UND golf team, Amanda Kaler has taken it easy on the course this summer. "I haven't played a lot since the season ended," said Kaler, who is attending graduate school at UND. "I've probably played six rounds s...

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Sue Thompson (right) and Amanda Kaler (middle) laugh with Stephanie Moen as she lines up her shot on hole 9 Wednesday evening during The Women's All-City tournament at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

After four standout seasons with the UND golf team, Amanda Kaler has taken it easy on the course this summer.

"I haven't played a lot since the season ended," said Kaler, who is attending graduate school at UND. "I've probably played six rounds since May 1."

The light routine hasn't generated much rust.

Kaler shot a 77 on Wednesday at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks to give the Fargo native a two-day total of 161 and first place at the Grand Forks women's all-city golf tournament.

Kaler, who shot an 84 at King's Walk on Tuesday, ran away from the field. After Kaler's 161, Deb Schantzen came in second with a 189 and Martha Klevay and Shanna Field tied for third as each shot a 191.

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Kaler entered the day with just a one-stroke lead on Sue Thompson and a three-stroke lead on Stephanie Moen. Thompson and Moen would have finished second and third, but did not sign their scorecards.

Kaler, the defending champion, was the only golfer to come in under 94 at Valley.

Things didn't begin well for Kaler, however, who was five over par through five holes.

But the former all-North Central Conference selection picked things up on the back nine.

"I just played real consistent," Kaler said. "I played pretty boring golf, which is usually a good thing for me."

Despite finishing her golf career at UND, Kaler said she still enjoys the game.

"I just like to play nine (holes)," she said. "I don't keep score, and I don't practice much. I like to play in these ladies tournaments. It's more about the experience than the competition."

Senior tournament

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The North Dakota state senior men's match play tournament begins today at the Grand Forks Country Club.

After today's qualifying round, match play will begin Friday and run through Sunday.

The tournament was scheduled for the Fargo Country Club but was moved to Grand Forks after spring flooding damaged the Fargo course.

Todd Baumgartner won last year's senior tournament, which was held in Minot.

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Amy Bushaw reacts as her ball drops into the water on hole 11 Wednesday evening during The Women's All-City tournament at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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