State golf: Mounds Park Academy boys tie for Class A state title

Mounds Park Academy has built a bit of a boys golf dynasty.

The Panthers earned their third Class A team state title in four years on Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, tying Sleepy Eye United for the state crown with a total score of 641.

Mounds Park Academy had two golfers finish in the top nine individually and three in the top 18, led by senior Matt Berning, who fired a second-day 70 to finish in a tie for sixth with a two-day score of 151. Two-time individual state champion Brock Bliese rounded out his Mounds Park Academy career with a 156, which was good for ninth.

Sleepy Eye United was led by senior Ben Laffen, who won the individual state title with a 144, one stroke better than Bethlehem Academy’s Khrystjan Petersen.

Holy Family Catholic won the Class 2A title with a team score of 600 at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, three shots better than Detroit Lakes and 19 ahead of Red Wing, which placed third.

East Grand Forks senior Nate Deziel won the individual state title with a 137. Blake senior Derek HItchner was second with a 138, one shot ahead of Red Wing’s Cecil Belisle, who placed third with a 139. St. Croix Prep Academy senior Kasen Anderson finished in a tie for fourth with a 144.

RED WING RECORD BREAKER

It was a record-setting pair of days for Red Wing’s Sophia Yoemans.

Yoemans followed up a state record 63 on Day 1 of the Class 2A girls tournament with a 66 on Wednesday, easily enough to win state with a state record two-day total of 129, 15 strokes under par at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

The state title is Yoemans’ second. She shared the Class 3A crown with Edina’s Joanna Kim in 2017. On Yoemans’ heels this week was her teammate, fellow Red Wing junior Leah Herzog. Herzog shot a 66 on Tuesday, holding the state record for a few minutes before Yoemans reported her score.

Herzog’s two-day total of 137 was 11 shots better than the next best golfer. For reference, Herzog’s score would have won the Class 2A meet in every other year. Detroit Lakes’ Kate Smith also shot a 137 in 2015.

The efforts of Yoemans and Herzog weren’t enough to lift Red Wing to the team state title. The Wingers finished third with a score of 665. Detroit Lakes won the team title with a 638.

Lac qui Parle Valley won the Class A title  with a score of 714 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, one shot better than Fillmore Central. Lac qui Parle Valley sophomore Rachel Halvorson won the individual title with a two-day total of 155, just beating out the 156 posted by Legacy Christian Academy’s Sophie Gray.


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