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Pequot Lakes junior Maggie Heggerston earned co-medalist honors at the Class AA state meet on June 10-11 in Jordan. Heggerston helped the Patriots finish second behind Detroit Lakes. Photo by Bill Johnson

Heggerston co-medalist in Class AA; Pequot 2nd

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Maggie Heggerston and the Pequot Lakes Patriots turned goals into reality on Wednesday, June 11.

Heggerston followed up her opening-round 73 with a her third under-par round of the postseason. The Pequot junior shot a 2-under 70 Wednesday for a two-day 143 and a share of the girls Class AA state individual title.

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Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes defended her individual title that she shared last year and won outright two years ago by matching Heggerston's 73-70 for a 143.

"My last putt I had a good look at birdie and when I missed it I heard some noises from the crowd," said Heggerston. "I wondered if that was the putt to win it. I putted out for a par and I thought I totally just lost the state tournament. I didn't win. I was hyperventilating.

"At the scorers table I asked what the low round was and he told me 70. I just sat there quiet."

Heggerston's 70 along with an 81 from Amanda Nies, an 84 from Alex Stone and an 85 from Sam Olmscheid jumped Pequot over Red Wing for second as a team behind defending state champion DL. Pequot, which trailed Red Wing by two strokes entering the final round, shot eight shots better Wednesday than it did Tuesday for a 648 to better Red Wing by two strokes.

"That's like a first place for us," said Heggerston. "I realize it's second to Detroit Lakes, but they're a different kind of team. We are just so excited. That was our goal to go in and beat Red Wing. It does feel like a first place to us. "

Nies shot rounds of 81-81 for a 19th-place 162. Stone tied for 29th with her 171. Olmscheid was one stroke back to tie for 34th and Megan Snyder, who aced the third hole of The Ridges at Sand Creek, shot a 91 Wednesday for a two-day 178. That tied her for 41st. Bella Abear finished 76th.

"I'm so proud of our team," said Snyder. "It was super exciting to come in second. We were all pretty nervous throughout the morning because we were only two strokes back and then when we found out we beat them by two it just didn't seem real. It took a lot, but I think we deserve it."

As for the hole-in-one. That didn't seem real either.

"It didn't hit me until after I took the ball out of the hole and then I just couldn't stop shaking," Snyder said. "It was really exciting. I got to see it go in and then crowd was pretty loud."

Snyder hit a 9-iron 126-yards for the ace.

"With Megan getting a hole-in-one and Maggie getting co-medalist and then the team taking second it was just a great day," said Pequot head coach Jon Dale. "We knew we were in the hunt. The girls knew what our goals were and everyone did pretty much what we had asked of them."

Heggerston shot nines of 35-35, but opened each nine with a bogey.

"I just played pretty consistent," said Heggerston. "I wasn't really clicking. I would get into trouble and then I would get myself out. I wasn't in a lot of trouble, though. I was just consistent and took the birdies where I could get them."

She birdied 16 and 17 and had the birdie putt on 18, but made par. She had no idea where she stood coming into the 18th green, but said she was more nervous down the stretch than she could remember being on a golf course.

"I had no idea what I needed to shoot," said Heggerston. "Everyone in the audience knew except me. Even when I was done I had no idea what the low score was."

Class 2A Golf

Class 2A Girls golf

Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 293-297 - 590, 2-Pequot Lakes 328-320 - 648, 3-Red Wing 326-324 - 650, 4-Minnewaska 341-346 - 687, 5-Osakis 366-351 - 717, 6-Visitation 367-366 - 733, 7-Jordan 371-367 - 738, 8-Breck 371-377 - 748

Class 2A Individual champion: Maggie Heggerston (Pequot Lakes) 73-70 — 143, Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes) 73-70 — 143

Pequot Lakes results: 19-Amanda Nies 81-81 - 162, 29t-Alex Stone 87-84 - 171, 34t-Sam Olmscheid 87-85 - 172 , 41t-Megan Snyder 87-91 - 178, 76-Bella Abear 108-98 - 206

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Jermey Millsop
My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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