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STATE GOLF: Czeh, Carlin lead area golfers

The pack of golfers at the top of the Minnesota state Class AA boys tournament didn’t break up Wednesday.

Roseau junior Will Czeh finished right in the middle of it.

Czeh shot a two-day total of 147 to finish just three shots behind the three-way tie for first place. Czech shot a 72 on the opening day and followed that up with a 75 at Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan.

Czeh fired a 40 on the front nine and followed that up with a 35 on the back nine. He posted the second-best score on the back nine Wednesday.

On the girls side, Fosston junior Kailey Carlin had the top finish, placing third in the Class A meet in Becker.

Carlin followed up Tuesday’s 84 with an 85 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 169. Southwest Christian’s Christine Piwnica ran away with the individual title, winning by nine strokes.

The two area teams that qualified for the Class A state tournament — the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River girls and the Kittson County Central boys — finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Gator girls shot a two-day total of 768, finishing 50 strokes behind state champion Legacy Christian Academy. Andrea Burkel (181) and Tierra Novacek (185) led the way for Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.

The Kittson County Central boys shot a two-day total of 693, finishing 33 strokes behind champion Dawson-Boyd. Levi Pearson (167), Anders Lindegard (172) and Trent Jerome (174) led the way for Kittson County Central.

In the boys Class AA tournament, East Grand Forks Senior High’s Brandon Loven followed up his first-day total of 89 with an 83 to finish with 172.

On the girls side, Kelsey Schlenk shot a two-day total of 180, finishing four strokes better on Wednesday than Tuesday.

“She hit the ball really well,” Senior High coach Paula Devine said. “She just struggled on the greens. Obviously, Minnesota has some great golfers. Maybe the best ever. So, it’s a tough tournament to compete in.

“And it’s a tough course. It was hot near the end of the day and most of the players played a practice round beforehand. With three straight days of golf, I don’t blame anyone for being tired.”