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Smith and Israelson Named Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf

June 15, 2016

Windsong Farm Golf Club and the Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf Committee have announced that Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes and Andrew Israelson of Staples Motley are the 2016 Ms. and Mr Minnesota Golf, an award given to the state’s top senior girl and boy.

Smith and Israelson, past Class AA State Champions, will look to win another state title this year to cap off their high school careers. Most notably, Smith will be going for a Minnesota State High School League record fifth consecutive Class AA state championship today at The Ridges at Sand Creek. Israelson will also be at The Ridges competing for the Boys Class AA title, his other title came in 2014 when he shared the crown with Virginia’s Andrew Sederlund and Mankato East’s Carter Haley.

Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf

Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes and Andrew Israelson of Staples Motley were named Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf last Sunday at Windsong Farm GC

Bill Israelson, Andrew’s father, and Kris Smith, Kate’s father, are both Section Members, as well.

Bill is a decorated golfer with multiple Tapemark and Section Championship victories as well as a State Open title in 1991. He was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

Kris has been an incredible ambassador for growing the game of golf, specifically within Junior Golf. He was named Section Junior Golf Leader in 2012 as well as other Dakota Chapter accolades in regards to Junior Golf and promotion.

Kate and Andrew have been heavily involved in the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association throughout their golf careers and will represent Team Minnesota in the annual MN-WI Cup Matches in Stevens Point, WI at SentryWorld Golf Course on June 29-30.

Next year, Smith will be attending the University of Nebraska, and Israelson will head to North Dakota State University to continue their golf careers.

Congratulations to this year’s Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf, Kate Smith and Andrew Israelson, and also to all of the 2016 Finalists!

2016 Ms. Minnesota Golf Finalists
Hannah Hankinson- Edina
Abby Herding- Westbrook Walnut
Taylor Ledwein- New Prague
Katie McMillan- Minnetonka
Ally Rogers- Spring Lake Park
Emily Schimbano- Lake City
Kate Smith- Detroit lakes
Brianna Vetter- Lakeville North

2016 Mr. Minnesota Golf Finalists
Brett Buckingham- Minnewaska
Carter Haley- Mankato East
Ben Hauge- Anoka
Blake Kahlbaugh- Mahnomen
Anson Kuznik- Mound Westonka
Andrew Isrealson- Staples Motley
Scott Marston- White Bear Lake
Austin vanSytzama- Delano

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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