Fillmore Central golfers at state. In front, from left, are Elayna Kiehne, Laura Dooney , Grace Miller, Jordan Miller, Katie Tammel, Keely Todd and Madison Scheevel.  In back are coaches Brad Holten, Aaron Mensink and Lane Powell.BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP
Fillmore Central golfers at state. In front, from left, are Elayna Kiehne, Laura Dooney , Grace Miller, Jordan Miller, Katie Tammel, Keely Todd and Madison Scheevel. In back are coaches Brad Holten, Aaron Mensink and Lane Powell.BILL BENSON/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP
Fillmore Central's girls golf team took third place at the state tournament while Jordan Miller, representing Fillmore Central in individual boys play, finished 17th.

After the first day of play, the Fillmore Central girls were in third place (369), four strokes behind the leader, BOLD (Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian; 365), and just two strokes behind second place Legacy Christian Academy (Andover, 367). Windom (379) was fourth, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (391) was fifth, United South Central (Wells, 413) and Ottertail Central (Battle Lake, Henning) were tied for sixth and Barnum (449) was eighth.

Individually, Laura Donney led the Lady Falcons with a round of 88, tied for 10th. Keeley Todd was second for the girls with an 89 (tied for 13th). Grace Miller shot a 95 and Madison Scheevel had a 97 for the 18 holes. Katie Tammel had a 100 and Elayna Kiehne had a 111, to round out the FC scores.

After the second day of play, Fillmore Central was still in third place with a score of 733, which was good for medals and a beautiful team trophy. Legacy Christian moved into first place (718) and BOLD edged out the Falcons by one stroke with 732.

Donney had the best score for the Falcons, 177, good for a tie at 13th place. Todd had the second best score for the locals, 181. Miller had a second day round of 89 and finished as the third Falcon in scoring with a total of 184. Tammel shot six strokes better the second day and finished fourth for FC with a 194. Scheevel (201) and Elayna Kiehne (221) rounded out the play for Fillmore Central.

Following the tournament, the girls were asked to describe their experience in a couple of words:

Todd (senior): "Exciting, fun, memorable."

Tammel (junior): "Rewarding, good experience."

Donney (sophomore): "Encouraging (for next year)."

Kiehne (freshman): "Rewarding, challenging, anticipating."

Miller (eighth): "Amazing, roller-coaster ride."

Scheevel: "Fun, amazing."

Aaron Mensink (assistant coach): "Outstanding."

Lane Powell (head coach): "Rewarding, uplifting, satisfying."

Boys tournament

On the boys side, Jordan Miller shot a pair of 82s (164) and finished the Class A tournament in a tie for 17th place. His 82 the first day had him in a tie for 13th place. A total of 88 boys competed in the 2014 state tournament. Brock Bliese, Mounds Park Academy, was the state champion with a score of 150.

Dawson-Boyd (660) won the boys tournament, finishing 15 strokes in front of second place United South Central (Wells) with 675. Lewiston-Altura, Section 1A representative, finished in eighth place with a score of 704.

State tournament notes...

• John Millea, John's Journal, with the Minnesota State High School League, wrote a great article about the Fillmore Central girls and the growth of the girls golf program.

• The fan base at the tournament for the girls and Jordan MIller was great.

• Of the seven players, boy and girls, that competed in the 2014 state golf tournament, only Todd will be graduating. The future looks bright for FC golf!