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State golf: MCC boys finish 2nd; Lesnar 14th

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The Murray County Central boys golf team placed second Wednesday in the Minnesota State Class A golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

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The Rebels, who were in third place after Tuesday, finished with 671 strokes. Mille Lacs won the team event with a 652.

And at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, the Worthington Trojans' Kate Lesnar finished in 14th place among Class AA girls on a day shortened due to an early-morning rain. Lesnar, competing in her third straight state tournament, shot a 39 on Wednesday to finish with 120 strokes. She shot a 39 and a 42 on Tuesday.

The MCC boys were led by Adam Christensen, who finished in a tie for 18th place with 164 strokes. Other MCC players and their final results were: Devin Erickson 165, tied for 21st; Ben Loosbrock 168, tied for 29th; Grant Everson 174, tied for 47th; Aaron Boock 192, 78th; and Tyler Groves 201, 83rd.

Other area competitors in the Class A field included Dana Madson of Westbrook-Walnut Grove, who tied for 35th with a 171; and Ben Henning of Adrian, who placed in a tie for 59th with a 181.

Legacy Christian Academy was third in the team standings with 676, followed by United South Central 677, Wabasha-Kellogg 679, Dawson-Boyd 680, Kittson County Central 695 and Mahnomen 707.

Legacy Christian Academy won the girls Class A team title with 752 strokes. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River was second with 771.

Abby Herding of Westbrook-Walnut Grove finished with 176 strokes to place in a tie for seventh in the Class A girls event. Adrian's Katie Wieneke came in with a 224 total, tying for 69th.

In Class AA girls competition, Abby Brinkman of Jackson County Central had a 40 on the second day for a total of 128 strokes. That put her in a tie for 31st place.

Detroit Lakes won the Class AA girls team title with 448. Minnewaska was next with 479.

Marshall finished sixth in the Class AA boys team chase with 469. Staples-Motley won with 443 strokes.

In Jordan, a steady rain fell at Ridges early in the morning, delaying the golf. After event officials shortened Wednesday's schedule from 18 holes to nine, the entire course was saturated. Lesnar was scheduled to tee off at about 12:30 p.m. but she didn't get on the course until about 2:30 p.m., said her coach, Ron Wood.

Lesnar bogeyed three of her first four holes, and her chipping game -- normally a strength -- let her down. Then she settled down for five straight pars.

"She did very well," said Wood. "She really played a really steady round."

In all, Lesnar hit seven greens in regulation. She only three-putted once.

Natalie Roth of Detroit Lakes was the Class AA girls medalist, with a 108. Jordan Peters of Delano was boys Class AA medalist, with a 104. Hannah Kruger of Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (163) and Luke Johanson of Southwest Christian School (141) were Class A medalists.

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