Emily Renner came into the clubhouse with an 84. Then Courtney Dunkelberger came in with an 80. Then Tricia Hemann with a 77.

Chanhassen, already with a 12-stroke lead into the second day of the Section 2AAA Girls Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan, needed just about any kind of round from its remaining players to claim a fourth consecutive section championship.

How about a 73 from Madi Hicks, a 13-stroke medalist winner with an even-par 144 over 36 holes? Or maybe an 80 from Courtney Wedin, fourth overall in the tournament at 163? Or an 81 from senior Hayley Thompson, an improvement of six strokes in her second round?

The result, a 310 on Day Two of the section tournament, matching a school record set earlier this season.

"All in all, we're all really solid players. Our four scores can come from anyone in our line-up," Hemann said. That stemming from a concerned effort from all of the players to compete in the off-season, improving their game.

"We all have an interest in how this team performs, and we all want to succeed for each other," Hemann added.

Chanhassen dominated the second round, a 26-stroke victory. They dominated the section meet, a 38-stroke win over Eden Prairie, which was runner-up at 677.

Minnetonka (687) and Hutchinson (713) were third and fourth in the section tournament.

"I think that's any tournament. You forget the numbers, you forget what you think you might need to shoot. You play your game and what you shoot is what you shoot," Renner said.

"Nothing is given. Through nine holes last week we were tied with Hutchinson. You just never know," Hemann said.

"We've been behind and come back up," Dunkelberger said.

Hicks, six strokes better than the next golfer, Alex Hantge of Hutchinson, after round one, left no room for doubt in the individual standings over the final 18 holes. She birdied two of the final three holes for a 73.

An exclamation point on the win for the top-ranked Storm. Chanhassen has had the best score in every round but one this season.

"My goal today was a 75 or better. I tend to go lower on Day Two.  But I would say I'm pretty happy, in these conditions to shoot a 77," Hemann said.

"It felt really good," said Dunkelberger of a birdie on the final hole. "I'd like to say it was my group. I like to go out and have fun and having people who I can talk with, use icebreakers to open up conversation, makes my round go better."

Dunkelberger dropped 12 shots from her first to second round at sections.

Now Chanhassen takes its focus to one last tournament for the season, the Class 3A State Tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids June 11-12. The Storm posted team scores of 325 and 327 in victories there in April and May.

"We spend so much time together, on the buses and everything, we've become a little family. We all care about each other," Renner said.

Minnetonka will have a golfer at state for the ninth consecutive season, Ally Chan, 16th in 2018, returning with identical rounds of 83 for eighth place and the fourth individual spot to state.

Sydney Monge fell short of a return trip to state by five strokes with scores of 88 and 85 for 12th place with Abri Click shooting 81 on Day Two to place 13th overall in 174 strokes.

LUMPY JR TO STATE

Carson Herron played two rounds at par or better this season for Minnetonka, largely a player with scores around 75 on his first full varsity season.

Indeed, Herron shot a 75 in the first round of Section 2AAA on May 29. On Day Two, he set a personal-best 18-hole score as a Skipper, a two-under par 70 for medalist honors, qualifying for his first state meet.

Herron was third overall with a score of 145.

Minnetonka, ranked No. 3 in state, was fifth overall in the first round of play May 29 with a score of 304.

After shooting 74 in the first round, Gunnar Broin played his second 18 holes in a one-over par 73, a two-day score only enough to force a playoff with Leo Gellert of Mankato West.

Broin, 12th and 14th at state as a freshman and sophomore, lost the playoff on the second hole, two-putting from 60 feet for a par. Gellert made a 25-foot breaker for the win on a birdie.

Each player made a birdie on the first hole.

Ian Meyer (79-78) and Jimmy Gammill (76-86) also returned for the final 18 holes for Minnetonka.

Chanhassen was eighth in the field of 12 teams with a score of 323.

Danny Renner was the Storm's leader with rounds of 75 and 74, placing eighth overall, two strokes off the state-qualifying pace.

Nick Kauffman, who had an eagle in his first round, a score of 79, was even better in the second day, finishing with 76 strokes.

Sam Thompson (82) and Jack Anderson (87), both seniors, added top-four scores for Chanhassen as well.

SECTION 5AA

How dominant was Holy Family Catholic in the Section 5AA Boys Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker?

They had the best five rounds of the first day led by Ben Reddan's even-par 72 in his his section debut.

Through 36 holes, Holy Family Catholic had five of the top 10 finishers, a 31-stroke team victory over Delano to advance to the June 11-12 state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan.

The Fire had team rounds of 296 and 311 for a two-day score of 607. Other team totals were Delano (638), Mound-Westonka (658) and Dassel-Cokato (678).

Sam McNulty (75-76) was second overall behind medalist James Ylitalo of Delano, who fired a 70 on Day Two.

Reddan (72-80) and Charlie Lindberg (77-75) tied for third place overall with Blake Stedronsky (73-82) and Cole Wilson (81-80) also in the top 10. Jake Bornhoft fired a 76 over the first 18 holes.

Holy Family Catholic will have two girls golfers at state in Kelly Ryan and Allison O'Brien, both first-time participants.

Ryan, the first round medalist with 82 strokes, finished second overall with a second-day 95. O'Brien added rounds of 93 and 86 for third place.

Providence Academy won the tournament by 20 strokes over Annandale with a 36-hole score of 755. Breck School was third at 781 with Holy Family Catholic in fourth at 790.

The Fire shot 393 and 397 as a team.

Ryan had nine pars in her first round, playing each side in 41 strokes. Ryan was one of two players in the section to shoot in the 80s on May 30.

Other Fire scores came from Mya Braun (105-107), Evie Lacy (113-111), Ally Agerland (123-109), and Reagan Cizek (120-112).

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