The Class 3A High School Girls’ State Golf Tournament has been owned by the McCauley sisters for a few years.

But Blaine’s Kathryn VanArragon could change all that this week.

VanArragon, who won that tournament in 2018, took the lead in the first round of the 2022 tournament, cruising around Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids en route to an impressive 7-under 65.

Isabella McCauley, a senior from Simley, won the state tournament in 2019. Then, after the event took a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, her sister Reese McCauley, a sophomore from Simley, won the 2021 state title. Isabella sat out last year’s tournament after creating a scheduling conflict by qualifying for the US Women’s Open.

And the two McCauleys are hiding this week.

Isabella, a University of Minnesota hire who is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Minnesota Golf Association, shot a 67 on Tuesday to trail VanArragon by two shots heading into Wednesday’s final 18-hole round. Reese, ranked No. 2, is one shot away after opening with a 68.

VanArragon entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the state.

Alexandria, the defending tag team champion, is back atop tag team competition with a score of 318, nine strokes ahead of Maple Grove. Eastview is third at 331, Lakeville South seventh at 353 and Stillwater eighth at 356.

Boys: Edina leads the Class 3A boys competition with a first-round score of 298, three strokes ahead of second place Spring Lake Park (301) in Bunker Hills. Lakeville North and Alexandria are tied for third with 304. Eastview is sixth with 313 and Stillwater is seventh with 327.

Edina’s Jack Wetzel and Northfield’s Nate Stevens are tied for the individual lead at 2-under 70. Four players are tied for third at 71 – Owen Rexing of Rosemount, Tyler Gandrud of Anoka, Bennett Olsen of Alexandria and Isaac Ahn of Rochester Mayo.


Boys: St. Croix Lutheran’s Sam Udovich is tied for the Class 2A individual lead with Southwest Christian’s Jacob Ferrin after the two shot 71 at the Ridges in Sand Creek, Jordan.

Pine Island leads the team event at 309, 11 strokes ahead of second-placed Totino-Grace.

Girls: Lake City opened up a big lead in the girls’ encounter, achieving a team score of 330 in the first round. Fergus Falls is second with 357. St. Croix Lutheran is sixth with 382.

Perham’s Mallory Belka is the individual leader at 76.


Boys: New Life Academy’s Cole Witherow in Woodbury shot 73 in the first round to share the individual 18-hole Class A tournament lead with Duluth Marshall’s Noah Scullard-Bender at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

Fertile-Beltrami leads the team event at 323. New Life Academy is sixth at 360.

Girls: Legacy Christian and Lac qui Parle Valley are tied for first in the team competition with 354. Emily Brandt of Legacy Christian is the individual leader with 81.