Girls golf: Stillwater finishes seventh at Red Wing

By STUART GROSKREUTZ
stuart.groskreutz@ecm-inc.com

RED WING – The Stillwater girls’ golf team experienced the first blip in an otherwise exemplary season on Tuesday while placing seventh at the highly regarded Red Wing Invitational at Mississippi National Golf Links.

The top-ranked Ponies had won seven consecutive events prior to Tuesday, but posted a score of 333 to finish 15 shots behind reigning state champion Wayzata (318) in a field that included most of the top teams in the state. Red Wing and Eastview tied for second place behind Wayzata with scores of 320 while New Prague (322), Detroit Lakes (323) and Minnewaska (326) also finished in front of Stillwater.

"As we thought, it was the best field of the year," Ponies coach Mike O’Rourke said. "Probably not a bad thing for us to lose before sections and state. You would rather do it now when it doesn’t really mean anything than later when it really matters."

Cassie Deeg led the Ponies with an even-par 71 to finish just one shot behind individual medalist Sarah Burnham (70) of Wayzata. Hailey Boner tied for 11th overall with a score of 79. Alex Zeuli (90) and Amanda Wolf (93) completed the scoring for Stillwater, which also received a 95 from Erin Thiets and a 105 from Leah Kroenning.

Team standings

1. Wayzata 318; 2, tie, Red Wing 320 and Eastview 320; 4. New Prague 322; 5. Detroit Lakes 323; 6. Minnewaska 326; 7. Stillwater 333; 8. Edina 342; 9. Elk River 350; 10. Chanhassen 352; 11, tie, Forest Lake 369 and Northfield 369; 13. Cretin-Derham Hall 370; 14. Andover 390; 15. White Bear Lake 393.

Top 5 (par 71)

1. Sarah Burnham (Way) 70; 2, tie, Cassie Deeg (St) 71 and Marisa Toivonen (RW) 71; 4. Sara Detlefsen (Eas) 72; 5, tie, Celia Kuenster (C-DH) 73 and McKenzie Neisen (NP) 73.

Stillwater results

Cassie Deeg 71, Hailey Boner 79, Alex Zeuli 90, Amanda Wolf 93, Erin Thiets 95 and Leah Kroenning 105.

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