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Maggie Leland's short game helped carry her to her third Resorters Women's Division title. She defeated Emily Kvidera in the final, 7-6. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)

Resorters Golf Tournament: Leland rolls over teammate to earn third Women's title

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Alexandria's Maggie Leland found herself in a familiar setting at the Alexandria Golf Club on Saturday afternoon.

The two-time Resorters champion was right back in a tournament finals match, battling for her third Women's title against her current Augustana College teammate, Emily Kvidera of Ramsey.

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At last year's tournament, Leland was edged out in the semifinals by Kvidera, the division's eventual champion, in a hard-fought 1-up duel. Leland went into Saturday's championship fully prepared for another long battle.

"From the beginning, I just had the mindset that this would be an 18-hole match," she said.

She also tried to clear her mind of how last year's contest ended - a dramatic turnaround on the 18th green when Kvidera drained a 30-foot birdie putt to win it while Leland missed a five-footer that would have sent the match to extra holes.

This year, Leland started the match off on fire, winning the first six holes and coasting to an easy 7-6 win. She birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to jumpstart her round. She finished the front 6-up after shooting 2-under through her first nine.

"It was not the way I wanted to win," Leland said. "And it's not the way our matches usually go...I just made a lot of birdies in streaks."

Leland, who is a junior at Augustana, said she would "definitely" be back to defend her title next year. She played solid golf throughout the tournament, even carding a 31 on the back nine during qualifying, tying her all-time best.

WOMEN'S DIVISION

CHAMPIONSHIP

Maggie Leland def. Emily Kvidera, 7-6

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