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Golf state tournament preview

06/09/2014, 9:38pm CDT
By Star Tribune

When: Tuesday and Wednesday

Wayzata's Sarah Burnham is chasing a state championship.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Class 3A at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids; Class 2A at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan; Class 1A at Pebble Creek in Becker.

What: First round on Tuesday and the final round on Wednesday. Girls tee off at 7:30 a.m. with the boys to follow at noon on both days.

Class 3A: The greatest era of girls’ prep golf in state history will draw to a close when the senior class walks off the 18th green. The trio of Sarah Burnham of Wayzata, Celia Kuenster of Cretin-Derham Hall and McKenzie Neisen of New Prague have accounted for three championships, three runner-up finishes and a fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finish in their careers. Kuenster will play for the Gophers while Burnham will golf for Michigan State and Neisen will compete for Oklahoma State. Unlike the girls’, the boys’ division will crown its seventh consecutive different individual champion.

Class 2A: Detroit Lakes, Detroit Lakes, Detroit Lakes! The girls’ squad is expected to three-peat, with three players ranked in the top 10 in the class. Sophomore Kate Smith, who shared medalist honors with senior teammate Natalie Roth a year ago, also has her sights set on a third consecutive individual crown. Staples-Motley sophomore Andrew Israelson, who tied for fourth in 2013, will become a household name in the boys’ field. His father, Bill, played professionally.

Class 1A: Southwest Christian in Chaska has an excellent opportunity to sweep medalist honors. Senior Luke Johanson is the defending champion on the boys’ side while senior Christine Piwnica tied for third a year ago in the girls’ field.


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