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The Royals girls golf team qualified for the Class AAA state tournament, winning the Section 3AAA championship on Friday, June 3, at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

Year in Review 2011: Royals golfers make return to state meet

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After a year hiatus from state competition, the Woodbury girls golf team returned to the state tournament in 2011.

The Royals qualified for the Class AAA state tournament, winning the Section 3AAA championship on Friday, June 3, at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

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Led by 2011 graduate Mary Sweeney, the Royals scored a 712 two-day total to edge second-place Rosemount's 719.

"In our hearts we knew they had a chance of getting there," Woodbury co-head coach Courtney Den Herder said at the time. "Did it surprise us? Yeah, there was a little shock to it. But, it was a hard-fought battle and a huge accomplishment. It just goes to show how much work they have done."

The state appearance was Woodbury's 13th, which tied the Royals with Hastings and Edina for the sixth most trips to state by a girls golf team in Minnesota. Woodbury opened the section tournament with a team score of 352 at Phalen on Wednesday to take a four-stroke lead over Rosemount. On day No. 2, the Royals expanded their lead to seven strokes with a 360 at Bunker Hills in the final round.

Sweeney, a team-co-captain, was the medalist both days of the two-day section tournament as the Royals won the section championship. For the tournament, Sweeney shot a 159, which was 12 strokes better than the second-best individual finisher.

At state, Sweeney finished in third place -- one stroke back of the co-champions.

Sweeney recorded a 4-over par 149 during the two-day tournament. Celia Kuenster, a Cretin-Derham Hall freshman, and Cassie Degg, a Stillwater junior, finished in a tie for the championship after they each carded a 148.

"It sucks losing by a stroke, but finishing third place in the state is a pretty good accomplishment," Sweeney said at the time. "To work that hard to win and to come that close is kind of a let-down, but it's fine."

In the team competition, Woodbury finished in eighth place with a 745 total score. Wayzata won the team title with a 661 two-day total, edging second-place Stillwater by seven strokes.

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