Most high school golfers work their way up to the top. But not for Sleepy Eye Public’s Lauren Laffen.
Laffen took second place overall at the Class A State Golf Meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course on June 11-12. Her final score was 167, just four strokes behind the leader. But not only did she achieve the best score in school history, she did it as a freshman.
“My goal up there was to place with a medal,” Laffen said. “But I wasn’t really expecting that big of an accomplishment so it felt really good.”
Over 80 golfers competed for a top spot at the state meet. With three more years of school left ahead of her, Laffen said she still has goals for her high school career.
“It’s hard for me to just kind of like back down now, knowing the ability I have,” Laffen said. “I really want to shoot for that first place hopefully within these next three years, so that’s my goal.”
Laffen knew what to expect when she arrived, as it wasn’t the first time she played at the state meet. The Sleepy Eye Public girls golf team qualified to compete at state last season, which is something Laffen would like to see her team do again.
“That would be really fun to go again as a team,” She said. “It’s definitely a really fun experience.”
Laffen mentioned her strategy was to have a safe, consistent approach throughout the meet, which is exactly what she did. Laffen was able to shoot even on most holes along with hitting three birdies on day two.
“Lauren hit the ball beautifully on day two and made those clutch par putts that are needed in order to keep a good round going,” Sleepy Eye coach Kaleb Walter said.
Meanwhile, Emily Curtis finished her senior golf season on a high note, after she took 10th place with a score of 177 at the meet.
“I was really excited for Lauren,” Curtis said. “And I was happy with my 10th, better than I’ve done before.”
Curtis finishes her high school career with four All-Conference honors, along with qualifying for state three times. Not to mention, she was the quintessential leader for last year’s third place team finish.
“Emily has meant a lot to this program and her contributions will be dearly missed,” Walter said. “More importantly, Emily has been a great student and a good role model to the younger girls on the team.”
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Along with Laffen and Curtis, junior Karrah Remus also competed at the state meet for the Indians. Remus tied for 44th place with a final score of 202.
So what’s the future look like for these golfers?
Although she will only be a sophomore this fall, Laffen said she wants to go to school for golf, possibly Winona or the University of Minnesota. As for Curtis, she will be attending St. Thomas and is debating trying out for the golf team. Remus will be looking to improve next year, as it will be her final season with the team.
Curtis mentioned her and her teammates want to thank the coaches for their support over the years.
“We are really thankful for them being there with us and helping us and coaching us,” Curtis said.