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Area Golf: Heggerston wins at Hazeltine

Maggie Heggerston was up to her old tricks Tuesday.

The incoming Pequot Lakes senior shot rounds of 78-77 for a two-day 155 to win the Chaska Invitational at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

Heggerston, who was co-medalist at the Class 2A Minnesota State High School League state tournament in June, was the only female golfer to break 80 during both rounds.

"Monday I started out well on my front nine," Heggerston said. "I was 1-under and then I think I just got tired and ended up shooting the 78. I shot 77 today and felt I was playing really well. I was making all these great putts and I was even par after 16 holes. Then I doubled 17 and tripled 18. It was a poor finish, but I still ended up playing well. My putting was really good."

Heggerston bettered Natalie Roth of Detroit Lakes by three strokes.

Jenny Muesing of Baxter shot 86-85 for a 171.

"This is a smaller tournament, but winning it is kind of a big deal," Heggerston said. "You get to play Chaska Town and Country and Hazeltine;, two very tough tracks. While the field is smaller, it's a big deal to play here. There were quite a few really good players out there today. It was tough. I had my struggles on a few holes, but overall I played well."

Heggerston's swing coach Chris Foley called the Chaska Junior Invite the biggest junior tournament in the state next to the state high school league tournament. He also said Heggerston is playing as well as she ever has right now.

"It's a combination of No. 1, she' hasn't played in as many events and so she is more ready for the events," said Foley. "She's well rested and the events mean more. No. 2, she is swinging extremely well. Her golf swing is as good as it has ever been. No. 3, she's in a great place mentally. She's worked on that aspect of her game."

Heggerston, who already owned an impressive golf resume, stormed on to the state scene during the Section 7-2A tournament at Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids when she fired a state record 10-under-par 62.

Her two-day total of 15-under 129 was 26 strokes better than the second-place finisher.

Heggerson is playing in fewer tournaments this season, but practicing more. The change has been good. She finished second at the 69th Minnesota Girls State Junior Championship July 7-8 at Tartan Park Golf Course with a two-day 148. She shot rounds of 75-73 to finish behind only Sarah Burnham. She'll compete in the Minnesota Women's State Open Aug. 4-5 at Town and Country Club in St. Paul.

"My game is really strong right now," she said. "I got a little bit ahead of myself on those final two holes today, but the ending result was fine. My game overall has been really good. I'm hitting the ball well and my putting is really good."