Making its second consecutive appearance at the Class 3A girls’ state golf tournament, Blaine High School finished eighth when the final strokes were counted June 13.
For coach Bill Davids, that finish was something to be proud of.
“I’m very happy with their performance,” said Davids, “We knew we had to play really well to beat anybody…The girls played better there than they ever have played there before. The last nine (holes) they played extremely well.”
Junior Hannah Andrews was the lady Bengals’ top golfer in the tournament, staged June 12 and 13 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
Hannah finished in the middle of the pack, tied for 45th, shooting 177 in the two-day tournament, four strokes ahead of her sister, freshman Caroline Andrews, who finished 53rd, and two ahead of teammate senior Leah Swanson, who would finish in 50th place overall.
Senior Rylee Slotsve shot a 187 (67th), junior Karie Francen finished with 191 (73rd) and her sister, freshman Jenna Francen, shot 202 (85th).
Each team’s best four scores from each day were used to calculate the total strokes to determine team placings in the tournament.
According to Davids, the lady Bengals were Section 5AAA champions academically as well as on the golf course.
“They’re a great bunch of kids who also play great golf,” Davids said.
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