Girls golf: Mallow brings home second all-state honor in fourth-place finish, Knoop tied for 40th
Detroit Lakes' McKenna Mallow and Hanna Knoop went to the Class 3A state girls golf tournament on June 14-15 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
COON RAPIDS – Before the first Detroit Lakes girls golf meet of the season, head coach Dustin Martin said he had the best golfer in the section coming out of his van at every meet. On Wednesday, senior McKenna Mallow proved him right.
Mallow finished fourth at the state Class 3A girls golf meet at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. She had a two-day score of 145 to tie for fourth among all golfers in the field and to lead all Section 8-3A competitors.
Mallow shot a two-under-par 70 on day one before recording a three-over-par 75 on a rainy day two. She ripped off eight straight pars on the back nine to go along with her birdie on No. 6 to finish tied with Madi Hicks of Chanhassen.
In her first round on Tuesday, Mallow sank four birdies. She was three-under-par on the front nine with birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 8. She added another on No. 13. Mallow was in fourth place after both days.
This was the second time Mallow received a medal from the state girls golf tournament. In 2021, she had an impressive second day to finish seventh in the field. Mallow finishes her high school career with two all-state selections. Mallow was also nominated for the Ms. Minnesota Golf award.
Sophomore Hanna Knoop got her first taste of state since her seventh-grade season. She finished tied for 40th place with a two-day score of 168.
Knoop’s first round of the tournament was her best. She made three birdies on her way to scoring an 81. Knoop also recorded an 87 on day two, which tied her with Hastings’ Ashlyn Endres.
Alexandria, the champions of Section 8-3A, won its second consecutive team state championship. The Cardinals beat out Maple Grove by 16 strokes with a combined score of 628.
Blaine’s Kathryn VanArragon was the low-scorer individually. She edged out Simley’s Isabella and Reece McCauley for the state championship with a score of 135. Isabella McCauley was named Ms. Minnesota Golf. VanArragon was seven-under-par after the first day of the state championships. She birdied eight holes, including five on the back nine.