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Meg Phelps fires 89-90-179 at Class AAA state meet

Meg Phelps shot 42-48-90 Wednesday in the final round of the state Class AAA golf tournament held at Bunker Hills and the Bemidji junior finished her first experience at the state meet with rounds of 89-90-179.

"Everything went very well," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson.

Phelps agreed with her coach's assessment.

"I had a good two days," she said. "I could have shot better (Wednesday) because my driver kept fading and slicing and I found myself in some obstacles that were hard to get out of.

"But my putting and chipping save me and I was happy with my overall rounds," Phelps added.

Phelps, who tied for 50th in the 88-girl field, needed only 32 putts Wednesday and she 3-putted only one hole.

"On that hole I hit the back of the cup on my second putt and the ball bounced out. I had the perfect line but just hit it a little too hard," she said.

Competing at state provided a special educational experience for the Lumberjack junior.

"I'll always remember being here and next time I'll know that there is nothing to be nervous about," Phelps said. "The game is the same at state as it is everywhere else. If I get here again I'll play better because of this year's experience."

New Prague captured the state championship with a 36-hole total of 661. Edina was second at 668, Stillwater third at 671 and Grand Rapids fourth at 676.

Alexandria finished fifth with 689, Eastview sixth with 698, Irondale seventh with 725 and Northfield eighth with 730.

Senior Maggie Leland of Alexandria was the meet medalist, shooting 74-69-143. McKenzie Neisen, an eighth grader from New Prague, and Sara Detlefsen, a sophomore from Eastview, tied for second at 148.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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