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Senior Alexis Guggisberg was the Section 3AA medalist last week, leading her Minnewaska team to its ninth straight state tournament appearance. The Lakers open play next Tuesday at the Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan. (File photo)
Senior Alexis Guggisberg was the Section 3AA medalist last week, leading her Minnewaska team to its ninth straight state tournament appearance. The Lakers open play next Tuesday at the Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan. (File photo)

Section 3AA girls' golf: MInnewaska returns to state

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After eight straight years of advancing to the state tournament, the Minnewaska girls' golf team has been a force to be reckoned with and this year is no different.

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The Lakers cruised to their ninth section title Thursday behind their senior ace Alexis Guggisberg's medalist performance of 3-over-par 75, the lowest score by any boy or girl that day, during the Section 3AA championships at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar.

Her performance was one of just four top-10 finishes for the Lakers, who finished 34 strokes better than second place Marshall. It was Guggisberg's second straight section medalist title.

Ashlyn Guggisberg, an 8th grader, was third with an 85, while Jenna Janu finished at 90 and Ellen Stensrud at 91.

Ariel Ostrander's 97 and Annika Pederson's 120 rounded out the Laker scores.

The Lakers will now head to the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan June 11-12 for the State Class AA tournament.

Minnewaska finished second in the State Class AA tournament last year behind Detroit Lakes, and the two teams are ranked in the same order again this year in the Minnesota Golf Association's ranking of all classes combined.

3AA boys' results

Brett Buckingham and Esten Stensrud of Minnewaska posted rounds of 84 and 91, respectively, as they competed in the Section 3AA individual portion of the tournament Thursday. Neither advanced to state.

SECTION 3AA GIRLS' GOLF

TEAM SCORES - 1. Minnewaska 341, 2. Marshall 375, 3. Windom 388, 4. Benson/KMS 444.

MEDALIST - Alexis Guggisberg, Minnewaska, 75.

MINNEWASKA - Jenna Janu 90, Alexis Guggisberg 75, Ashlyn Guggisberg 85, Ellen Stensrud 91, Ariel Ostrander 97, Annika Pederson 120

STATE QUALIFIERS - Kate Lesnar, Worthington, 80; Abby Brinkman, Jackson County Central, 86, Jessica Blanchard, Mar, 86; Hanna Peterson, Mar, 87; Lauren Dietz, New London-Spicer, 89.

STATE CLASS AA GIRLS' GOLF TOURNAMENT

RIDGES AT SAND CREEK, JORDAN

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

11:40 a.m. - Girls tee off No. 1 and No. 10.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

11:40 a.m. - Girls tee off No. 1 and No. 10.

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