Class 3A First round of state golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Tuesday June 11,2013. Sarah Burnham of Wayzata watched her tee shot on the third hole.] Richard.Sennott@startribune.com Richard Sennott/Star Tribune. , Co
1 FIGHT TO THE FINISH
The Class 3A girls’ field could produce one of the most memorable finishes in state tournament play. The top four golfers, all seniors, have been all-state selections since their freshman seasons and are bound for Division I schools. Sarah Burnham (Michigan State) of Wayzata and Kenzie Neisen (Oklahoma State) of New Prague shared the title a year ago. Celia Kuenster (Minnesota) of Cretin-Derham Hall will be looking to become the third three-time large-school girls’ champion. She won the crown in 2012 and shared the title in 2011. Lexi Bollant (Augusta State) of Buffalo has finished in the top 10 in each of the past three years.
2 LAKE LOOKING TO REPEAT
Lake Conference schools Edina (girls) and Eden Prairie (boys) swept the Class 3A team crowns last year. Could it happen in 2014? Edina returns its top four finishers while Eden Prairie has five of its six players returning from those state championship squads. Wayzata, another Lake school, finished one stroke back of Eden Prairie a year ago and has all six members of its state tournament team back.
3 FREDDY FINALLY THE FAVORITE
A senior has won the Class 3A boys’ individual title each of the past six seasons. Lakeville North senior Freddy Thomas would like nothing better than to be No. 7. Thomas finished in a five-way tie for second place last year, three strokes back of Chanhassen’s Cody Seal. Thomas finished third in 2012, one shot behind co-medalists Jon Dutoit of Chaska and Ben Welle of Moorhead.