2023 Golf State Tournament Day 1 Recap
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 8:33 PM
One team champion and two defending individual champions are sitting on top of the standings at the end of the first day of the 2023 Golf State Tournament. The Lake City girls are looking for their third consecutive Class AA team title.
On the individual side, senior Cole Witherow of New Life Academy of Woodbury and senior Kathryn VanArragon of Blaine are both in a stellar position to defend their 2022 titles. Witherow leads the Class A boys field and VanArragon is currently in command in the Class AAA girls tournament. Simley senior Reese McCauley, who claimed top individual honors in Class AAA in 2021, currently trails VanArragon by two strokes.
Lakeview holds a two-stroke lead over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in the boys’ team event. The Lakers are at 322 and the Wolves follow at 324. Fillmore Central is currently third at 331. Defending champion, senior Cole Witherow of New Life Academy of Woodbury, leads the individual field with a score of 70.
Fillmore Central leads the girls’ field at the end of the first day. The Falcons have 342 strokes and Lac qui Parle Valley trails at 350. The defending champions from Legacy Christian Academy are third at 356. Junior Raquelle Nelson of Legacy Christian Academy holds a one-stroke lead over junior Kenna Henriksen of BOLD in the girls’ individual competition. Nelson is at 79 and Henriksen is holding steady at 80.
In the Class AA boys’ tournament, Holy Family Catholic leads Totino-Grace by four strokes at the end of the first round. The Fire are sitting at 295 and the Eagles trail at 299. Cloquet is in third place at 310. Luke Ashbrook, a senior from Kimball Area, leads the individual field with 70 strokes.
The two-time defending champions from Lake City hold a seven-stroke lead over Pequot Lakes in the girls’ team competition. The Tigers are currently at 322 strokes, Pequot Lakes is at 329 and Providence Academy is at 340. Madysen Maninga, a senior from Park Rapids Area, sits atop the individual leader board at 74 strokes.
Eastview senior Jack Hanson and Maple Grove junior Ryan Stendahl atop the standings after the first day; both shot a three-under par 69. On the team side, Eastview leads the defending champions from Edina by a slim one-point margin. The Lightning shot a 297 and the Hornets came in at 298. The Alexandria Area Cardinals are currently third at 306.
Maple Grove is up by five strokes over Wayzata in the Class AAA girls team competition. The Crimson are sitting at 315 strokes and the Trojans are at 320. Minnetonka is third with a score of 331. Senior Kathyn VanArragon of Blaine, who won the individual crown in 2018 and 2022, is currently in the individual lead with a six-under par score of 66. Senior Reese McCauley of Simley, who claimed top honors in 2021 and placed third in 2022, is currently in second place with 68 strokes.
Complete results can be found on the respective boys and girls golf activity pages.