Trojans, Red Wing continue battle in girls golf

New Prague’s Taylor Krouse puts all her effort into her drive on the par-5 sixth hole at New Prague Golf Club. (Chuck Kajer photo)

“There’s no place like home.”

The New Prague High School girls golf team might not agree with that statement. The Trojans struggled in windy conditions at the New Prague Golf Club and placed second in a Missota Conference meet Monday, May 15. The Trojans had won both of their earlier Missota meets, but finished second to Red Wing on Monday. It was the second straight loss to the rival Wingers, Red Wing won the Bunker Hills Invitational Thursday, May 9, 10 strokes ahead of second place New Prague.

The two teams have met five times this season, with New Prague winning the first three and Red Wing the next two. They were scheduled to match up three more times in the next week, on Tuesday, May 14, at the Red Wing Invitational, Wednesday, May 15, at Fountain Hills in a Missota meet and Monday, May 20, in the Missota Conference Championsheps at Chaska Town Course. The Trojans will also compete in the Central Minnesota Showcase Friday, May 17, at Crow River CC in Hutchinson.

Stonebrooke GC New Prague finished on top of the field for the second straight day at a Missota Conferene meet. This one was held at Stonebrooke GC in Shakopee.

Shakopee’s Alex Schmid took first place with a 68, but two Trojans finished right behind her. Kenzie Neisen was second with a 70 and Taylor Ledwein was third with a 76.

“We were very happy with our effort today on a great day to golf,” Coach Dan Holgate said. “Kenzie had a great front nine shooting two under par. She finished with a solid score of 70. Taylor Krouse also had a great start to the day but finished with a couple double bogies on the last few holes to bring her score to an impressive 82. Taylor Ledwein finished strong shooting even par on the back nine and Dani Barr finished off the scoring with a 95. She shot a lot better than her score indicated.

Lucy Nickolay had a 99 and Catie Barr 106.

The Trojans had a team score of 323, six strokes better than Red Wing at 329. The rest of the field included Chaska (351), Chanhassen (356), Shakopee (369), Northfield (372), Farmington (438) and Holy Angels (452).

Bunker Hills GC Many of the top Class AAA girls golf teams competed in the Bunker Hills Invitational Thursday, May 9. Neisen tied for medalist honors with Lexi Bollant of Buffalo with a 78.

“The weather conditions had a major effect on all of the players today. It really took us out of our game as the whole team struggled,” Holgate said.

He added that the highlight of the day was Nickolay breaking 100 for the first time this season.

Red Wing shot a 348, with New Prague and Elk River tied at 358. The rest of the field included Blaine (360), Prior Lake (364), Minnetonka (364), Apple Valley (366), Buffalo (367), Chanhassen (377), Lakeville North (381), Andover (382), Grand Rapids (383), Eagan (385), Armstrong (393), Spring Lake Park (402), Hopkins (404), Champlin Park (413), Mounds View (416), St. Louis Park (420), Shakopee (427), Centennial (435), Anoka (442), Chaska (473) and Park Center (incomplete).

New Prague GC Several Trojans struggled in the windy weather at the New Prague Golf Club as the Trojans finished two strokes behind first place Red Wing.

Neisen was medalist with a 76, but the next best Trojan score was an 87 from Krouse, who placed eighth. Catie Barr tied her personal best varsity score with a 92 for 16th place and Ledwein was 18th with a 93. Dani Barr shot 98 and Nickolay 110.

“We need to work on focusing more and not letting the elements effect our game,” Holgate said. “We need to get stronger mentally as a team if we are going to reach the scores I feel we are capable of.”

Red Wing had a 346, with New Prague right behind at 348. The rest of the field included Northfield (349), Chaska (368), Shakopee (379), Chanhassen (398), Farmington (451) and Holy Angels (476)