Legacy Christian girls’ golf wins third straight state title

Legacy Christian Academy completed the three-peat by winning its third consecutive girls’ golf state Class A team championship at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker Wednesday.

Members of Class A state girls' golf champion Legacy Christian Academy pose with the trophy on the Pebble Creek course Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson
Members of Class A state girls’ golf champion Legacy Christian Academy pose with the trophy on the Pebble Creek course Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson

The Lions topped Fillmore Central by 21 strokes with a two-day total 679 to 706 led by sophomore Kayla Ruf and freshman Sophie Gray finishing second and fourth on the individual leader board.

Ruf carded a two-round total 7-over par 158 (79-79) and Gray was three strokes back with a 161 (82-79).

Legacy sophomore Kayla Ruf stayed in control both days to post the second best score. Photo by Jason Olson
Legacy sophomore Kayla Ruf stayed in control both days to post the second best score. Photo by Jason Olson

Last year senior Jillian Johnson shot a personal low round during Day two at state. She repeated that with a second-day 84 after posting an opening-day 89. As a result, she carded a 175 to tie for 15th place for a third Lions golfer to earn all-state status.

Legacy senior Lindsey McAlpin closed out the team scoring with a 189 to tie for 43rd place overall (98-91–189). Classmate Anna Cleveland finished one stroke back to tie for 45th place overall (96-96–190).

Legacy had four boys compete at the same course on Wednesday. Senior Jake Hoscheid carded two rounds of 79 for a 158 total to tie for 16th place overall and earn all-state honors. Senior Caleb Johnson and junior Jake McDermott shared 39th place overall with two-day totals of 167. Junior Jake Friedrich tied for 64th place with a two-round total 180.

Legacy freshman Sophie Gray, right, finished fourth overall indiividually. Coach Dan Nelson watches her chip on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson
Legacy freshman Sophie Gray, right, finished fourth overall indiividually. Coach Dan Nelson watches her chip on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson

Meanwhile, Class AAA played at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

Blaine eighth grader Caleb VanArragon tied for third place overall after an opening round 72 he shot a 75 for a two-round total 148.

Moorhead senior Dane Sethre-Hofstad overcame Day One leader Owatonna’s Peter Jones by one stroke (143-144) to earn medalist honors.

Anoka junior Ben Hauge shot an opening round 75 before Wednesday’s 79 for a 154 to finish 22nd overall. Teammate Shawn Roo finished 72nd overall with rounds of 81 and 87 for a 168 total.

Legacy senior Jillian Johnson shot a personal-best round of 84 Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson
Legacy senior Jillian Johnson shot a personal-best round of 84 Wednesday. Photo by Jason Olson

St. Francis junior Brady Arzdorf tied for 74th overall with rounds of 80 and 89 for a 169 total.

Wayzata shot a two-day total 607 to win the team title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Edina and five strokes ahead of third-place Lakeville South.

Edina girls clinched the Class AAA team title, 27 strokes ahead of runner-up Buffalo and 35 strokes ahead of third-place Wayzata.

Spring Lake Park shot 713 as a team to finish eighth, led by junior Ally Rogers tying for 28th place overall 167; 57. Ali Schultz 180; 73. Allie Guzy 187; 81. Rochelle Perzel 200; 84. Molly Sienko 212.

Andover senior Hailey Tollette tied for seventh place with a two-day total 157 with rounds of 78 and 79.

New Prague junior Taylor Ledwein scored a 149 total with rounds of 73 and 76 for a 143 total. She was four strokes ahead of Winona’s Abbe Partington and Edina’s Hannah Hankinson who shared second place at 153.

Blaine senior Caroline Andrews earned all-state honors with a 163 total to tie for 17th place overall (82-81).

St. Francis junior Kalley Wagner was disqualified Day 1.