Bulletin area preps tee it up at state

A pair of Bulletin-area high school students saw their spring sports seasons extended by an extra week. They participated in last week's state golf tournaments.

Kristen Cash
Cash, a junior at Mounds View High School, played in the Class AAA girls tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. In her second trip to state in golf, Cash finished in a four-way tie for 10th place.

The quartet, which included Duluth East junior Maddy Schintz, Lakeville North junior Brianna Vetter and Buffalo freshman Hanna Morin, carded identical 159s for the two-day event.

Cash fired a 78 (42-36) on the first day and followed that up with an 81 (41-40) on day two. She finished 10 strokes off the lead.

New Prague junior Taylor Ledwein won the individual championship with a two-round score of 149, which put her four strokes ahead of the two runners-up.

Edina claimed the team championship, finishing 27 shots ahead of second-place Buffalo.

Cash's score this year was six shots better than what she recorded in 2014, when she played in her first state golf tournament. Last year she shot 165 (87-78) and finished in a three-way tie for 28th.

This was Cash's third high school state tournament in which she has participated. In addition to two trips to state for golf, she also played in the 2014 girls hockey state tournament.

Ben Peterson

Peterson, a recently-graduated senior at St. Anthony Village High School, played in the Class AA boys state golf tournament at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Peterson, making his first state appearance, finished in a five-way tie for 14th place.

Peterson fired a two-day score of 150 and was eight strokes better on day two. Following an opening-round 79 (42-37), Peterson wrapped up the tournament with a one-under par 71 on day two. He finished in a tie with Detroit Lakes senior Ban Mallow, Totino-Grace senior Kyle Brodt, Dassel-Cokato senior Troy Ryynanen and Mound-Westonka junior Anson Kuznik.

The 150 that Peterson shot left him 12 strokes out of first place, which went to Blake sophomore Reece Sanders. He won the individual title by four strokes with a two-day score of 138.

Blake also claimed a share of the team championship as it finished tied with Mankato East. Both teams finished 15 shots ahead of third-place Holy Family Catholic.

Peterson qualified for state by finishing fourth in the Section 4AA tournament. He shot a two-day score of 151, which included five straight pars to close out the second round.

This fall, Peterson is taking his golf talents to the collegiate level. He will enroll at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He leaves St. Anthony as a six-time golf letterwinner and 10-time medalist.

—Brian Meyers


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