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Alexandria's Grimes takes second at state open

Alexandria Golf Club pro Lisa Grimes took second place in the Minnesota Women's State Open Championship on August 7 and 8 at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake.

Grimes shot a four-under par 140 over two days of competition, three shots back of first place Sarah Burnham. Usually a four-under round will give a golfer a shot at winning the state open championship.

"An under-par round typically is going to be right there," Grimes said.

The reason why Burnham was able to stay ahead of Grimes and the rest of the field was her course record five-under par 67 on the second day of competition.

As the defending champion, Grimes began play at the state open with the goal to finish on top. She won the event three times, in 2004, 2006 and 2012.

"She got really hot the second day and shot a really good round of 67, and got me big time," Grimes said. "I wasn't playing with her; she was the group in front of me. I had a hard enough time keeping up with the gals I played with."

Burnham, who will be a senior this year at Wayzata High School, is no stranger to the golf spotlight. She is committed to play golf at Michigan State after graduating high school and won a share of the individual high school state championship last year.

After shooting a two-under par round on the first day, Grimes was within two strokes of the leader. She played in the same group as the leader and figured that she needed to catch her to become a repeat champion of the state open.

"I was two back of the leader, so I thought I had a good chance when I was playing with her, and that was Martha Nause," Grimes said. "She's played on tour for 20 some years, and she's got a lot of experience. I thought she would be the one to beat."

Although she was not able to earn another title, Grimes was happy with both of her rounds at the state open.

"It was a fun course," Grimes said. "It was nice to be under par."

The state open was Grimes' first event since June, but she plans to play more events in September. Grimes right now is planning to play LPGA Legends Tour events in Maine and Indiana in September, and an LPGA event in Atlanta.

"I miss competition, and it's fun to have a chance to play in a few things," Grimes said.

The middle of June through August is her busy time for teaching at the Alexandria Golf Club. This does not give her a lot of time to travel to area tournaments during the summer. September is when the golf season begins to slow, and the middle of the month is when she moves to her winter home in Arizona.

"I don't get a lot of chances to get away and play," Grimes said about the summer.

Grimes also voiced her support for the state open. There are not many chances for women in Minnesota to compete against the top golfers, and the state open is one of the chances to do so every year.

"It's nice to have the women's state open," Grimes said. "There's not a lot of tournaments available for the women in the state. So it's nice that the PGA does that for us."