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GOLF: Daughter of Staples grads MGA Player of Year

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EDINA — Sarah Burnham of Maple Grove, daughter of Staples High School graduate Kurt Burnham, was named the 2012 Minnesota Golf Association Junior Girls and Women’s Player of the Year Oct. 12.

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Burnham, granddaughter of Dave and Karen Burnham of Staples, is a member of Rush Creek Golf Club. She accumulated 645 junior and 560 regular points. The MGA awards player points for top finishes in MGA and allied association championships, as well as select regional, national and international events.

At 16, Burnham is the first junior to capture the regular women’s player of the year title since Hilary (Lunke) Homeyer in 1997. Lunke won the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open as a local qualifier.

Burnham upstaged her elders with three first-place finishes this season, including the Minnesota Women’s Amateur, the Minnesota Women’s Public Golf Association State Public Links, and the Twin Cities Women’s Championship. She was a semifinalist at the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association State Match Play and finished fourth at the Minnesota Women’s State Open.

She partnered with Lexi Bollant to finish fifth at the Minnesota Women’s Four-Ball, and she qualified for match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Among her peers, Burnham was runner-up at the Minnesota State Junior Girls Championship.

MGA Players of the Year will be recognized at the 112th annual meeting and awards dinner, Monday, Nov. 5, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

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