Taylor Ledwein shot 2-under-par 72 Wednesday to win the Minnesota Golf Association women’s state amateur at White Bear Yacht Club in Dellwood.
Ledwein, the two-time Class 3A girls’ golf state champion at New Prague, used a run of birdies on the back nine to beat Natalie Roth, Sophia Yoemans and Grace Kellar by four strokes for her third state title and second major championship this year.
“To come out on top it really shows that my game is at the top point right now,” said Ledwein, now a junior golfing at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
Ledwein began the day two strokes behind Roth. She said her goal for Wednesday was to shoot even par.
“We talked about hitting fairways and greens today and when putts drop, they’ll drop,” Ledwein said. “Another big thing that my coach has taught us is embracing bogeys — if it happens, to just live with that. I used to not be able to, but if it happens now, I just want to go get one back. On 10, 11 and 12 I got three back, so you never know what can happen.”
Roth tied the course record with a 68 Tuesday to take the 36-hole lead, but she closed with a final-round 78. Yeomans shot 71 and Kellar 72.
“I’m obviously a little disappointed but like any tournament, you learn a lot,” Roth said.
• Gophers senior Emmit Carpenter was one of 30 players named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top placekicker. Carpenter, the 2016 Big Ten Kicker of the Year and a Groza semifinalist in 2016, has made 36 of 44 field goal attempts in his career, a 81.8 percent success rate that is the best in school history. Last season, he made 14 of 20 attempts after converting on 22 of 24 chances in 2016.
• John Anderson of Andover and Jerry Rose of Sarasota, Fla., shared medalist honors by shooting 1-over 73 at U.S. senior amateur sectional qualifying at Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights. Kevin Culligan of Mendota Heights also qualified with a 74. The U.S. senior amateur begins Aug. 25 in Eugene, Ore.