Leland wins second Women's title at Resorters
Alexandria's Maggie Leland, who will be a high school senior at Jefferson High School in Alexandria this fall, won her second Women's Division with a 5-3 win over Allison Thimjon of Plymouth on Saturday at the Alexandria Golf Club during the Resorters Golf Tournament championship.
Leland won her first title in 2007.
"I hit my driver well," she said after her 5-3 win. "My short game was not very good and my front nine was not too good, but I played well on the back."
Leland said the key to her match was going 1-up on No. 9, which started her on a roll where she won the next two holes.
How does this win compare to her victory two years ago?
"It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said. "It's fun - this is one of my favorite tournaments."
She is no stranger to success on the golf course, having been the Central Lakes Conference medalist the past two years for the Cardinals and has been among the top four golfers in the conference since 2006.
She has also been a participant in the State Class AAA girls' golf tournament for three years, most recently finishing 10th overall. Her highest finish was in 2007, when she came in eighth, leading her team to a state runner-up trophy.
Leland hasn't decided yet where she will be attending college. She said she plans to golf for a Division II college team.
To get to the finals, Leland had to defeat Caitlin Cummings of Chaska 8-7, Belinda Wink of Alexandria 6-5 and Molly Knutson of Edina 2-up.
Thimjon downed Andrea Dwyer of Elk River 7-5, Barbara Burton of Scottsdale, Arizona 4-3 and defending champion Betsy Aldrich of St. Louis Park 1-up.
2009 WOMEN QUALIFYING
Betsy Aldrich, St. Louis Park, medalist 70
Maggie Leland, Alexandria 73
Amanda Woodhull, Minnetonka 75
Barbara Burton, Scottsdale, AZ 79
Andrea Dwyer, Elk River 79
Molly Knutson, Edina 80
Belinda Wink, Alexandria 81
Heidi Beckendorf, Blaine 84
Bridget Cummings, Chaska 84
Pam Marlow, Pratt, KS 84
Barb Thompson, Alexandria 85
Jenna Westerham, Wayzata 86
Allison Thimjon, Plymouth 86
Brenna Lervick, Chanhassen 87
Caitlin Cummings, Chaska 88
Geri Jorgenson, Orono 91
Betsy Aldrich def. Geri Jorgenson 8-7
Heidi Beckendorf def. Pam Marlow 2-up
Allison Thimjon def. Andrea Dwyer 7-5
Barbara Burton def. Jenna Westerham 4-2
Maggie Leland def. Caitlin Cummings 8-7
Belinda Wink def. Bridget Cummings 6-5
Amanda Woodhull def. Brenna Lervick 5-4
Molly Knutson def. Barb Thompson 6-5
Betsy Aldrich def. Heidi Beckendorf 3-2
Allison Thimjon def. Barbara Burton 4-3
Maggie Leland def. Belinda Wink 6-5
Molly Knutson def. Amanda Woodhull 2-1
Allison Thimjon def. Betsy Aldrich 1-up
Maggie Leland def. Molly Knutson 2-up
Maggie Leland def. Allison Thimjon 5-3