Trojan girls 2nd at Chaska Invitational

The New Prague Trojan girls golf team finally got out onto the golf course Monday, competing for the first time this season.

New Prague, the defending State Class AAA champion, took second in the 14-team Chaska Invitational at the Chaska Town Course.

Wayzata took first place at the meet with a team score of 322. New Prague was nine strokes back at 331, with Minnetonka placing third (346), followed by Buffalo (352) and Red Wing and Eden Prairie (354).

New Prague’s McKenzie Neisen shot a 72 to take medallist honors. Teammate Taylor Ledwein finished third with a 77. Other Trojans in the lineup were Taylor Krouse (91), Danni Barr (91), Lucy Nickolay (104) and Caitie Barr (109).

“We had a great start to the season in this strong field of competition,” coach Dan Holgate said. “We beat a lot of top-ranked teams. We look forward to Kenzie playing even par all year.”

He said Ledwein was at 1- under after the front nine, but wasn’t able to get some putts to drop on the back nine.

“It would be great if she could be consistently in the 70s,” he said.

Krouse had one really bad hole that pushed her score up, or Holgate said she would have scored in the 80s, where they expect her to be most of the season.

The Trojans will be busy making up for lost time in the coming week. Their meet at Heritage Links in Lakeville on Wednesday, May 1, has been postponed. The team will travel to Northfield and Shakopee for conference meets on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7, then will play in the State Tournament Preview at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Thursday, May 9.