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Woodbury girls golf: Royals finish third in Suburban East Conference, look ahead to sections

The Woodbury girls golf team earned third place in the final Suburban East Conference standings. The Royals took fourth place at the SEC Championship Tournament on Thursday, May 23, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater.

East Ridge won this year's conference championship title, leapfrogging Forest Lake with a third-straight first-place finish. East Ridge and Forest Lake were the only two teams to win SEC tournaments this season. The Raptors finished with five first-place finishes on the season and 79 total points. Forest Lake won four matches and took second with 71 points. Woodbury was third with 64 points.

Woodbury senior Katie Moore led the way at the SEC Championship Tournament, carding an 18-hole score of 90. Freshman Annemarie Fisher had the Royals' second-best score with a 93. In addition, junior Kailey Hakes carded a 97 and junior Kristina Swanson scored a 103.

Fisher, Moore and Hakes each earned All-Conference awards for the Royals on the year. The top 18 golfers are All-Conference and the next 12 are honorable mention. Fisher placed third overall as an individual on the season with 379 strokes. The individual champion was Cretin-Derham Hall standout Celia Kuenster, who had 326 strokes. East Ridge Andriel Aimua was second with 375 strokes.

Next, Woodbury will tee off at the Section 3AAA Championship tournament.

Defending section champions Eastview and runner-up East Ridge will be the favorites to win this year's Section 3AAA championship crown, however, Woodbury will likely be right in the mix. The two-day tournament begins Wednesday at Phalen Golf Course in St. Paul and finishes up at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Friday. Out of section play, only one team advances to state, based on the two-day total, along with five individuals not on the top team.

Moore was Woodbury's lone golfer to qualify for the state tournament last season, shooting a two-day, 36-hole 161 at the section tournament. Moore went on to finish in 37th place out of 88 competitors at state.

As a team, Woodbury, which was the Section 3AAA champion in 2011, shot a 353 on the first day of sections to earn fourth place in the 11-team section and advance to the second day. On the day No. 2, the Royals totaled a 370 to take fifth place overall. Individually, Moore led the way for Woodbury on both days, shooting a 77 on the first day - the top score overall on day No. 1 - and an 84 on the second day for a 161. Fisher scored a 179, with a 91 on day No. 1 and an 88 on day No. 2, tying for 13th place overall.