For Fillmore Central High School, just one state championship is enough. After winning the Class 1A girls' state tournament Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, team coaches smiled, parents gushed, celebratory pictures were taken. It was the first team state championship in the history of the school near the Iowa border in southeastern Minnesota.
For junior Kiera Smith of Heritage Christian Academy, who won her second consecutive individual title in Class 1A, the fanfare didn't seem so overwhelming.
"I've been here before but it was a totally different experience," she said. "There's people following you instead of trying to beat somebody else."
For Smith, the biggest difference this time around was focusing on herself. " Even if I shoot worse than last year I have to be satisfied with my round," she said.
She shot three strokes over her 2015 score of 153. Yet with a second championship, it's hard for Smith to be upset.
"It was so fun, it's different than sections or anything else," Smith said. "There are going to be people, there is going to be pressure and people trying to beat you but you can't focus on it."