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Kuenster repeats as 3A golf champ, 8th-grader takes 2A

06/13/2012, 2:41pm CDT
By Star Tribune staff reports

Cretin-Derham Hall sophomore Celia Kuenster is the Class 3A girls' golf champion again, and this time all by herself.

Kuenster shot a 4-under par 69 at Bunker Hills on Wednesday to finish the two-day Class 3A girls' golf tournament with a 5-under 141 and win by two shots over New Prague's McKenzie Neisen.

Kuenster's 141 total is the lowest two-day girls' score since the Minnesota State High School League went to three classes in 2008. It also was the lowest score among big schools in the tournament's 35-year history.

Kuenster won the gold medal for a second consecutive season. She tied for medalist honors as a freshman.

Neisen, also a sophomore, had a bittersweet day. She was the Day 1 leader after a 69 of her own on Tuesday. But she couldn't contain the momentum, shooting a 1-over par 74.Neisen had a chance to tie on the last hole but missed a putt and ended up 3-putting.

However, Neisen's performance helped lead her New Prague teammates to the Class 3A team title, eight shots better than runner-up Stillwater.

In Class 2A play, Detroit Lakes eighth-grader Kate Smith won the individual title Wednesday and led her teammates to the team title at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Smith shot another round of 70, giving her a two-day total of 140, 4 under par.

In Class 1A at Pebble Creek in Becker, Rachel Gray of Legacy Christian Academy won the individual championship. The senior's two-day total was 161.

Lewiston-Altura won the Class 1A team title.

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