Wu and Salonek Remain Deadlocked at Minnesota State Jr. Girls' Championship

July 12, 2023 | 1 min.
By Nick Hunter

  HASTINGS, Minn. – Carding a bogey during her front nine and one more bogey during her back Wednesday at Emerald Greens Golf Club, Selena Wu carded a 2-over 74 to remain tied for the lead with Olivia Salonek after 36 holes of play at the 2023 Minnesota State Junior Girls’ Championship.

Much like her opening round Tuesday, a steady Wu carded bogey on her second hole Wednesday to slip to 1-under for the championship before playing her next 13 holes in even par.

A bogey at the par-5 16th would put Wu back to even par, where she would finish her second round with a 2-over 74.

Salonek began her second round on a high note Wednesday, carding a birdie at the par-4 third to take the outright lead at 3-under.

A bogey at the par-3 14th was nullified by a second birdie of the day at the 15th, but Salonek would stumble late with a double-bogey at the 16th and a bogey at the 17th to finish in a share of the lead with Wu at even par 144.

Jordana Windhorst-Knudsen and Ava Hanneman will begin Thursday’s final round tied for third at 5-over 149, five shots off the leaders.

A final-round 81 was good enough for Shayla Nordlund to earn medalist honors in the First Flight, holding off Lexi O’Donnell, who carded a final-round 77 to finish one back of Nordlund at 13-over 157.

The championship now shifts to Hastings Golf Club for the final round Thursday, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.


 

Cut to low 24 + ties after 36 holes (+15, 159)

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter got his start covering sports for the Mankato Free Press while attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

He then contributed to several online outlets, including Bleacher Report, prior to turning his focus to golf.

Hunter enters his 11th season covering golf in Minnesota as news editor for the MGA website. He resides in New Prague with his wife and two sons.

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