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Burnham, Neisen tied for lead heading into final 3A round

06/10/2014, 3:45pm CDT
By Nate Gotlieb

Wayzata's Sarah Burnham and New Prague's Kenzie Neisen, who each shot 6-under par 67s, were co-medalists in 2013.

Wayzata's Sarah Burnham, shown here playing in the 2013 state tournament, shot a 6-under par 67 on Tuesday.

Kenzie Neisen

Wayzata’s Sarah Burnham and New Prague’s Kenzie Neisen, the 2013 state co-medalists, share the lead after one round at the Class 3A girls’ golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.

Burnham’s 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday helped the Trojans take a 13-stroke lead over defending-champion Edina in the team competition. The senior birdied seven holes, including the first and the 18th, as Wayzata moved closer to its first team title since 2011.

“I really just wanted to play for my team this year,” Burnham said. “Now that my whole team’s here, I mean, it would be awesome if we could pull one out this year

Not to be outdone, Neisen birdied six of her first seven holes and fired a 31 on the front nine. She improved to 6-under with a birdie on her 12th hole but dropped back to 5-under with a bogey on her 15th.

Neisen will tee off before Burnahm for Wednesday’s final round, but it appears that won’t change her approach.

“I’m just going to go out there and have fun tomorrow, try and do the same thing I did today,” she said. “It’ll be a battle, but it’ll be a fun one.”

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