Golf: Elks’ Lindeen shoots 83-85, places 32nd at state

Samantha Lindeen shot 83 and 85 at the state tournament. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Samantha Lindeen shot 30 strokes better than last year at the state tournament and hopes for a couple more trips to state in Bunker Hills. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Samantha Lindeen, who extended Elk River’s streak to 25 straight years with a girl golfer at state, shot 83-85-168 Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills, tying for 32nd place among 88 in Class 3A.

“My goal is always to do better than last year, and I shot 94-94 at state last year, so that was big difference,” said the Elk sophomore, who was 20 strokes better this year.  “Just making it to state meant a lot and I had two pretty good rounds.”

Lindeen birdied No. 2 West on Wednesday with a good drive and approach, a chip from the front of the bunker within six inches and then the putt. Shortly after, she got in trouble twice with triples on both 5 and 6, then settled down again.

“Sami did OK, much better than last year,” said coach Dave Bleyhl. “She could use more previous (state) experience and she’ll be fine.”

Lindeen went to state with the Elk team last year, and made it individually this year.

The Elks had landed either a team or individual in state each year since 1988, and that looked in doubt as the team fell short at section and Lindeen and Mary Elmquist shot 85’s the first day. But Lindeen’s career-best 76 in the final 18 got her into state.

“Definitely I was happy to keep our streak going,” said Lindeen. “Mr. Bleyhl likes to talk about that streak.”

Edina was team champion with 644, followed by Alexandria 655 and New Prague 660.

Medalists were Wayzata’s Sarah Burnham with 71-69-140 and New Prague’s Kenzie Neisen with 72-68-140. Both are juniors.