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Paynesville Press - June 7, 2006

Mackedanz misses state berth
during golf playoff

By Michael Jacobson

Junior Marissa Mackedanz just missed a state berth in golf, tying for the final qualifying spot before losing in a one-hole playoff.

The Section 5A meet was held at Rich-Spring Golf Course on Tuesday, May 30, with the top team and top five individuals (not including the top team) advancing to state.

Mackedanz shot 88 on the par-72 course, tying with Emily Kerber of St. Cloud Cathedral for sixth overall and the final state spot (since co-medalist Krista Kalthoff of Albany, with an 82, qualified with her team and was not counted among the five individual entrants).

For the final state spot, Mackedanz and Kerber played a one-hole playoff. Mackedanz had a bogey putt, but Kerber made a sand save for par and claimed the final state spot, said coach Ron Fuchs.

"I was very proud of the way Marissa handled the situation," said Fuchs. "There is a lot of pressure on people who end up in a playoff, and she handled the situation great. I look for great things from Marissa next year, because I know she will use this playoff as motivation to get out there and golf this summer!"

This is the second straight year that Mackedanz has advanced to sections in golf. Last year, she shot 94 at Rich Springs and missed state by five strokes.

Mackedanz also earned All Conference honors in golf this year for the second straight year.

Had she qualified for state, she would have been the sixth PAHS girl golfer to do so. The PAHS girls' golf team has sent five individuals to state: Sara Elseth (1989), Amy Johnson (1990 and 1992), Heather Schmitt (1994 and 1996), Mary Frandson (1997 and 1999), and Heather Fuchs (2004). The Dogs also placed fourth in Class A as a team in 1987.

The girls' golf team will lose one member to graduation this year, Amber Jensen, who advanced to sections individually last year and earned All Conference honors in 2003.

Team Scores
1. Albany 356
2. Glencoe-Silver Lake 373
3. St. Cloud Cathedral 375
4. BBE 406

Individual Results
State Qualifiers - Kim Zylla (LPGE) 82; Kim Stangl (Pierz) 84; Amy Hintzen (Sauk Centre) 84; April Dammann (Glencoe-Silver Lake) 85; Emily Kerber (St. Cloud Cathedral) 88.

Paynesville - Marissa Mackedanz (7) 88.

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