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Girls Golf: Woodbury girls tied for fourth in state golf meet

Michelle Yang of the Woodbury Royals is all smiles as she heads off the first tee on the opening day of the girls state golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids Tuesday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Woodbury's Aayushi Sarkar chips onto the green on the third hole at Bunker Hills Golf Club Tuesday on the first day of the girls state golf meet. Sarkar is tied for fifth place individually in the Class AAA meet heading into day two of the tournament. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Maddi Hanson of Woodbury checks on the contours of the green on the third hole at Bunker Hills Golf Club Tuesday before attempting her putt. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Woodbury junior Madddi Hanson watches her opening drive sail down the fairway on the first hole Tuesday in the girls state golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Woodbury head coach Bryan Orlenko said he was hoping for a top four finish in the 2018 girls state golf meet, and after day one, the Royals are right where he hoped they'd be.

Woodbury golfers played well Tuesday in the first day of the Class AAA two-day girls state tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. The Royals are tied for fourth heading into the second day with a team score of 334.

Roseville led the team scoring after day one with a score of 318. The top two Roseville golfers shot 79s, while two carded 80s. Edina was second with a 321 and followed by: Lakeville North, 325; Woodbury and Chanhassen, 334; Buffalo, 347; Forest Lake, 352; and Stillwater, 356.

Sophomore Aayushi Sarkar led the Woodbury golfers with a round of 37-37--74. She's currently tied for fifth after the first day.

Blaine seventh grader Kathryn Van Arragon wowed the crowd by shooting a crisp 34-36—70 to lead the Class AAA girls. Three golfers had 72s and two golfers shot 74s, including Sarkar.

Junior Maddi Hanson also played well for the Royals with a round of 38-44—82, closely followed by ninth grader Michelle Yang with a score of 38-46—84. Woodbury's Hannah Daly shot a 46-49—94 and Laine Aeilts a 54-51--105.

The Royals got off to a less than ideal start in the tournament, then played better once they made the turn.

"We rebounded nicely on the back nine," said Orlenko.

"All of them (did well), added Orlenko. "It's like I say, it takes a village."

Woodbury was the section 3AAA champion with a score of 691 and Sarkar the section runner-up with rounds of 39-40 40-37 rounds for a 156 total.

The tournament continues Wednesday morning at Bunker Hills.

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