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WHS Girls Golf: Royals put finishing touch on SEC title

Sarah Strand earned one of Woodbury's five all-conference selections as the Royals won the Suburban East Conference Tournament by 20 strokes on Thursday. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

It's tenth-straight Suburban East Conference championship already locked up, the Woodbury girls golf team made it official on Thursday by winning the league tournament by 20 strokes at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater.

With co-head coach Merridith Duellman on pregnancy watch, the Royals went on to blow away the field with a score of a score of 328 -- the host Ponies took second with 348.

Mary Sweeney and Jackie Rolando paced WHS with each carding a 79, with Chelsey Larson firing an 84 and Anna Hagemeier an 85 to account for the Royals' score. Sarah Strand also shot an 86, with Jess Swanson coming home with a 97.

Five of the six WHS golfers earned All-Conference nods, the lone exception being Swanson -- who missed the cut by one stroke and claimed an All-SEC honorable mention nod.

The tournament was the final postseason tune-up for the Royals, who will take to Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on June 2 to defend their Class AAA championship in the state tournament.

Woodbury enters the championship meet as the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA against a field that includes Lakeville North, Stillwater, Spring Lake Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Grand Rapids and Alexandria.