Girls win Missota golf crown

The New Prague Trojan girls golf team won the Missota Conference championship, claiming top honors at the conference meet Monday, May 20, at the Chaska Town Course.

New Prague also won a conference match at Heritage Links in Lakeville last week, and competed at invitationals in Red Wing, where they finished third of 16 teams, and at Hutchinson, where they were second of 12 teams.

After having meets nearly every day for the past two weeks, the Trojans will have nearly two weeks of down time as they prepare to defend their Section 2AAA championship. The meet will be held at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Club in Jordan June 3 and 4. The break will give players and coaches a chance to work on aspects of their game in practice and to rest for the big meet.

Red Wing GC Temperatures in the mid- 90s added a challenge to a hilly course in Red Wing. With Mississippi National Golf Links closed this season, the tournament was moved to the Red Wing Golf Club.

New Prague placed third in a strong field. Detroit Lakes won the meet with a 311, with Red Wing second (333) and New Prague third (338). The rest of the field included Edina (340), Minnewaska (345), Wayzata (346), Elk River (354), Prior Lake (366), Eastview (367), Northfield (375), Eden Prairie (375), Andover (379), Chanhassen (383), Visitation (285), Stillwater (385) and Red Wing JV (415).

Kenzie Neisen was medallist with a 71. Taylor Krouse had a good day scoring 88, despite carding a 10 on one difficult hole.

Heritage Links Neisen continued her hot play during a Missota Conference meet at Heritage Links Wednesday, gaining medallist honors with an impressive 69. She was 3- under on the front nine.

Taylor Ledwein played well shooting one over on the front nine. She finished fourth with 79. Krouse was 15th at 89, while Caitie Barr shot well, coming in with the team’s fourth score at 95.

New Prague shot a 332, finishing one stroke better than Chaska’s 333. Red Wing was third at 337, followed by Chanhassen (351), Northfield (368), Shakopee (371), Farmington (443) and Holy Angels (463).

Crow River GC It was a rainy day in Hutchinson but the Trojans played well, taking second place at the Central Minnesota Showcase at the Crow River Golf Club.

Neisen and Minnewaska’s Alexis Guggisberg shared medallist honors with a 76 with Ledwein tied for third at 77.

Minnewaska defeated New Prague by nine strokes, 326- 335. Alexandria and Stewartville tied for third (338), while Chanhassen was fifth, (350), followed by St. Cloud Tech (366), Marshall (367), Hutchinson (371), Mankato West (400), Chaska (408), Mankato East (422) and Watertown- Mayer (425).

“Taylor Ledwein had a very consistent day,” Coach Dan Holgate said. “Her confidence continues to grow each day. Caitie Barr has been a little inconsistent this year but had a great day shooting 93. “It was fun to watch eighth graders Annika Dumoulin and Sydney Guerrette have solid rounds in their first varsity matches,” Holgate added.

Chaska Town Course Neisen and Ledwein led the Trojans at the Missota Conference Championships, with Neisen shooting a 73 to take first place and Ledwin a 77 for third. Rounding out the scoring were Krouse (90, 12th), Dani Barr (98, 22nd), Catie Barr (105, 28th) and Lucy Nickolay (110, 31st).

The first place finish for the Trojans clinched the Missota Conference title. They had a team score of 338, finishing ahead of Red Wing (341), Chaska (359), Northfield (366), Chanhassen (368), Shakopee (385), Farmington (459) and Holy Angels (486).

The Trojans won all but one of the five meets during the season, scoring 47 of a possible 48 points. Red Wing was second with 42 and Chaska third at 34.

“It was great to win the conference but as a team we know we need to now focus on improving if we want a chance of reaching our goal of winning another state title,” Holgate said.

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