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Neisen sinks clutch putt at state - Trojan girls golf team takes 3rd
New Prague High School junior Kenzie Neisen captured an elusive prize Wednesday, June 12, and she did it with drama.
She sank a 15-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole to share the state golf championship with Sarah Burnham of Wayzata.
Neisen had been so close so many times. She had the first round lead last year before finishing second, and also finished second as an eighth grader. She was fourth two years ago.
Neisen had a 72-68—140, while Burnham had a 71- 69—140. Two-time defending champion Celia Kuenster of Cretin-Derham Hall was four strokes back, finishing third. All three are juniors and are expected to battle for the title again next year.
New Prague freshman Taylor Ledwein shot a 77-80— 157 and tied for 10th place. Other Trojan scores were turned in by Taylor Krouse (86-88—174), Danni Barr (98-95—193), Lucy Nickolay (103-92—195), and Caitie Barr (97-102—199).
The Trojan team, however, finished short in their attempt to win a third state championship. Edina won the Class AAA title with a 644, and Alexandria was second at 655. The Trojans were third with 660, followed by Red Wing (673), Blaine (688), Eagan (708), Andover (716) and Stillwater (724).
Coach Dan Holgate said the girls worked very hard and actually beat the score they had last year when they won the state championship. He said the team had dedicated the tournament and the season to Coach Matt Shetka, who died of a heart attack last December