Rough day knocks Laffen from Top 5

BECKER – Lauren Laffen’s 79 that tied her for first place after Day 1 had her poised for another top-5 finish at the Class A state girl’s golf meet.

But on Wednesday, the sophomore from Sleepy Eye shot a 93, which broke her Day 1 tie for first place and forced her to settle for a seventh-place finish with a 172.

“I didn’t play as well as I wanted to,” Laffen said. “I started out with a lot of nerves and those really kicked in and got to me. I don’t think I played horribly, I just had a couple really bad holes that really bumped up that score and got to me a little bit.

“Other than that, I can’t be mad with how it turned out – I was happy that I still finished where I finished.”

Laffen tied with Breann Mertens of BOLD and Kelsey Hanefeld of Windom Area for seventh-place honors one season after she finished second as a freshman with a 167.

“I didn’t play as well as I wanted to,” Laffen said. “I started out with a lot of nerves and those really kicked in and got to me. I don’t think I played horribly, I just had a couple really bad holes that really bumped up that score and got to me a little bit.

“Other than that, I can’t be mad with how it turned out – I was happy that I still finished where I finished.”

With her Day 2 performance, Laffen tied with Breann Mertens of BOLD and Kelsey Hanefeld of Windom Area for seventh-place honors one season after she finished second as a freshman with a 167.

The day for Laffen was not laced with misfortune after misfortune, but was not played out with the “I’m just having fun” attitude that propelled her to first-day 79 and a tie for first place on Tuesday.

Overthinking holes set Laffen back as well as her iron and chip shots, which she said would set the tone for the hole from there.

“It was really hard to bounce back from that and it got to me a couple times,” Laffen said. “I’d find a way to come back and play a couple good holes and then I’d find trouble again. Eventually I figured out how to get out of trouble and that helped me get through my round.”

Christine Piwnica of Southwest Christian in Chaska, with whom Laffen was tied after Day 1, won the individual state title with an 80 that complemented her Day 1 79 for an overall 159.

Laffen’s teammate, senior Karrah Remus, finished with a 196 that tied her for 43rd overall.

Springfield’s Callie Wersal, who won the Section 2A individual title, placed 33rd overall with a Day 2 95 that gave her a 189 overall.

Cedar Mountain’s Courtney Nelsen improved her Day 1 performance by 5 strokes to finish with a 205 overall.

As for Laffen, she said she would like to one day win the state title, but knows it will take a lot more work.

“Going into the summer, I’m definitely going to put in a lot more work,” Laffen said. “Within these next couple years, I’d really love to win state, but I know I need to put in the work for that and I’m really willing to do that.”

Class A state girl’s golf – Day 2

Individual

1. Christine Piwnica (Southwest Christian) 79-80 159

2. Abby Herding (Westbrook-WG) 80-88 168

3. Kailey Carlin (Fosston) 84-85 169

3. Kiera Smith (Heritage Christian Academy) 85-84 169

5. Elizabeth Hennessy (Lewiston-Altura) 81-89 170

7. Lauren Laffen (Sleepy Eye) 79-93 172

7. Breann Mertens (BOLD) 86-86 172

7. Kelsey Hanefeld (Windom Area) 87-85 172

33. Callie Wersal (Springfield) 94-95 189

33. Courtney Sill (Wabasha-Kellogg) 98-91 189

43. Karrah Remus (Sleepy Eye) 99-97 196

43. Kyra Gores (Minneota/Lincoln HI) 96-100 196

59. Courtney Nelsen (Cedar Mountain) 105-100 205

59. Kristi Steinmetz (Mahnomen/Waubun) 106-99 205

Team standings

1. Legacy Christian Academy 718

2. BOLD 732

3. Fillmore Central 733

4. Windom Area 740

5. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 768

6. United South Central 810

7. Ottertail Central 841

8. Barnum 911

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