JORDAN, Minn. - The Detroit Lakes girls golf team continued a perfect streak of reaching the podium in every state meet with a third-place finish at the Minnesota Class 2A state tournament Wednesday.

The Lakers have made 12 appearances at state winning seven titles, with two second-place marks and three third-place finishes in program history.

“We look back and when I was younger it was Kate (Smith) and Trisa (Hutchinson) and Natalie (Roth),” Anna Cihak said. “Growing up as a golfer, I always wanted to be those girls. When they see us finishing anywhere on the podium, kids look at us like I want to be like Shelby Busker or I want to be like Anna Cihak and McKenna Mallow. It means a lot and shows that we can do it. It provides a lot for our program.”

Cihak placed third individually with a two-day score of 152 improving on a sixth-place finish in 2018.

“I just came out and played like I knew I could,” said Cihak. “It shows a lot about my game but I don’t care about me individually; I care about the whole team in perspective.”

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Busker also made the podium in eighth place. Mallow put three Lakers in the top 20 finishing in a tie for 20th.

The top three teams Minnewaska/BBE, Red Wing and Detroit Lakes separated from the remaining five clubs at the turn. Detroit Lakes trailed Minnewaska/BBE by 17 strokes and Red Wing by seven.

The Lakers and head coach Kris Smith believed that gap could be made up prior to the start of the round..

“In girl’s golf, and at Ridges, if you play holes one and 18 well, you’ll win,” said Smith. “A lot of shots are made up on one and 18. If you start out well and can get in the house with a lot of pars and a birdie on 18 you can pass a lot of people.”

Smith and the Laker team wanted to be optimistic at the turn.

“Coming from behind is comfortable, the girls were more relaxed,” said Smith. “We just wanted to fill the gap.”

That did not happen and it was Red Wing (656), led by two-time champion Sophia Yoemans and teammate Leah Herzog, that made up strokes to pull off a come-from-behind, one-stroke team victory over Minnewaska/BBE (647).

Yoemans shot 69 both days to win her second straight state title by seven strokes over Herzog.

Red Wing was the last team to capture the girls 2A title other than Detroit Lakes in 2015.

The third place Lakers scored 662 finishing 36 strokes in front of fourth place Jordan on its home course.