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Lady Trojans win, boys take second at invite

Like the rest of the golfers during the Forest Park Invitational on May 22, Lady Trojan Mindy McKinnon donned warm attire as she battled the elements on her way to a 54.
IRON RIVER—There are days that playing golf is an enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing experience. May 22 was not one of those days.
    With a biting wind and wet playing conditions, the Forest Park Trojans hosted their invitationals at Young’s. The players bundled up, put on hats and hoods of various types and slogged through their round with soaking wet socks and shoes.
    In the end, it was a rather successful day for the FP teams, especially the girls who won the team title and had the top two individual finishers.
    The Trojan boys took second in the race for the team title behind Norway. Four of FP’s boys finished in the top 13, with Evan Hedtke leading the way with a seventh-place finish.
    The girls played a nine-hole event, while the boys played 18.
    For the Lady Trojans, Mindy McKinnon won medalist honors with a 54 to finish four shots ahead of runner-up and teammate Sarah Premo. Lexi Jacks finished sixth with a 63, Laina Toivonen took ninth with a 65 and Elle Soderberg shot a 67 to finish 10th.
    Despite the challenging conditions, McKinnon played steady as she goes.
    “I shot like a 6 on each hole,” the junior said. “It was very windy, very cold. My socks are still wet. It was tough, but just had to fight through it.”
    FP coach Harold Payne credited his girls as a whole and McKinnon and Premo for their contributions to the team.
    “The girls have worked hard, and all that hard work is finally paying off,” Payne said. “All the scores are coming down at the right time.
    “Mindy has really worked hard and it’s great to see her starting to blossom a little bit. And Sarah has really been a great asset to the team in her second year. She is just a very positive person and that positivity really (affects) the others.”

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