New Prague junior Taylor Ledwein overcame a one-stroke deficit to win the Class 3A girls’ golf individual state title on Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
She entered the final day trailing Edina junior Hannah Hankinson and shot a 76 to beat Hankinson and Winona senior Abbe Partington by four strokes.
“[Wednesday the game plan] was just not to do anything fancy,” New Prague assistant coach Steffi Neisen said. “It was just try to make easy pars. She played a little worse today but hung in there well.”
Ledwein dedicated her first state title to former New Prague girls’ golf coach Matt Shetka, who died of a heart attack almost three years ago. New Prague has claimed the individual girls’ title over the past three seasons.
“This definitely goes to [Shetka],” Ledwein said. “He helped me out a lot through life. I only had him for one year, but he really helped.”
She dealt with windy conditions that made play difficult late in her round. Ledwein had a double bogey on the 16th hole, but she finished with two pars.
“I think I had an anxiety attack on the 17th tee box,” Ledwein said. “I got in and I just couldn’t stop moving. I was getting updates from people that knew how [other contenders] were doing. When they finally posted the results, it was a relief.”
Hankinson posted a second-day score of 81, while Partington shot a 77.
Hornets run away with title
The Edina girls dominated the field over the two-day tournament to claim the state title by 27 shots and finish the season undefeated.
“We have a great group of girls that are determined that have high expectations for themselves, and they just love to play golf,” Edina coach Mark Harelstad said.
The Hornets shot a score of 320 on Day 2. Hankinson led the group with a score of 153 and junior Grace Kellar shot 154, which was the fourth-best total in the tournament.