Simonich a finalist for Mr. Minnesota Golf award

Kate Smith will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet.

Moorhead 2021 high school graduate and defending Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich is a finalist for the Mr. Minnesota Golf award. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf Committee announced the 2021 finalists of top female and male high school senior golfers in Minnesota in a press release Monday, June 14.

Moorhead’s Ian Simonich, the 2020 Pine to Palm champion, heads the list of Mr. Minnesota Golf finalists that also includes: Josh Galvin, Maple Grove; Leo Gellert, Mankato West; Carson Herron, Minnetonka; Brady Holland, Elk River; Davis Johnson, Chaska; Ian Meyer, Minnetonka; Brett Reid and Community Christian (Willmar).

The Ms. Minnesota Golf finalists are: Ally Chan, Minnetonka; Lauren Contreras, Maple Grove; Camille Kuznik, Orono; Isabelle Lynch, Bloomington Jefferson; Isabelle Segal, St. Louis Park; Annika Stensrud, Minnewaska/B-B-E; Kyra Venne, East Ridge and Emma Welch, Lakeville North.

From the group of finalists, two individual golfers will be presented with the award, Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf, at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 19 at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minn.


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Kate Smith

Kate Smith, the inaugural Ms. Minnesota Golf Award winner in 2016 , is the guest speaker.

Smith, a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska, helped her team to a second place finish at the 2021 Big Ten Championship, including winning the individual title, was recently named honorable-mention All American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and an All-American by Golfweek.

Smith was invited to play in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur and, most recently, participated on the victorious U.S. squad at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup, June 11-13. Team USA defeated the Internationals, 33-27.

The annual Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf awards were created in 2016 to recognize the outstanding male and female high school senior golfer based on their performance on the golf course, academic achievement and strength of character. Finalists are chosen by a committee of high school coaches and amateur golf representatives.

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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