Edina High’s girls golf team was hampered by two ‘Storms’ during the State Class AAA Tournament June 11-12 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
The first storm was literally a cold rain the first afternoon of the tournament. The second Storm was dealt to Edina by a red-hot Chanhassen team that finished with a team score of 627 for two days. Edina’s total of 640 gave the Hornets a comfortable 15-stroke, second-place margin over Simley.
Hornet head coach Lynn Anderson has a long history with the State Golf Tournament, and she helped Edina win the championship as a player back in 1983 at Majestic Oaks.
“I will never forget that day,” Anderson said. “We were playing state at Majestic Oaks that year. I got my medal and ran to my mom’s car. She drove and I changed into my graduation gown in the car. We arrived at the stadium just as the music was starting, and that was a good thing since I was one of the A’s.”
Since the state tourney did not coincide with Edina’s graduation night this year, there was no stress. In fact there was plenty of time for the team to visit with Edina parents and fans and enjoy their silver medals. Sure, gold would have been nice, but in the scheme of things, second place in state is something to be proud of.
“It is cool for me to be back coaching at Edina,” Anderson said. “The girls on the team are great. And all six contributed this week.”
Junior Janice Kim led the Hornets, placing 13th at state. She moved up three places from last year, when she helped the Hornets win the state Class AAA title. Kim’s scores were 75 and 82 for a two-day total of 157.
“Janice had some bad luck the second day, but she stayed positive,” Anderson noted. “She birdied the last hole, and she can build on that for next year.”
The Hornets had three other girls in the top 25. Senior Kendall Olsen (81-79-160) tied for 16th place. Junior Amy Terwilliger (77-84-161) tied for 20th and senior Dasha Parker (84-79-163) tied for 25th.
Junior Anna Heirigs was next for the Hornets, shooting 83-83-169 for 38th place. Hornet sophomore Katie McGuire tied for 48th, shooting 84-89-173. There were 88 golfers entered in the meet.
“We are lucky to have Janice coming back next year,” Anderson said. “We will also have Amy and Katie coming back, and we have a lot of promising young players.”
The conclusion for this year - sometimes you run into a hot team. And that hot team was Chanhassen. Edina won state with a 638 last year, and this year the number dropped all the way to 627.
“There is so much talent in the state,” Anderson said. “And it seems to get younger every year.”
Among the top 10 in the State Class AAA Meet this year were freshman state champion Isabella McCauley of Simley, plus her seventh-grade sister Reese and two eighth-graders - Kathryn Van Arragon from Blaine and Vunnisa Vu from Roseville.
Chanhassen 327, Edina 340, Simley 655, Roseville 656, Stillwater 677, Lakeville North 685, Brainerd 686, Forest Lake 725.
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