Notebook: Eagan native seeking her Big Break

An Eagan native will have a prominent role on a golf-themed television reality series this fall.

Katie Detlefsen, a four-time Minnesota high school Class A girls individual champion for Minnehaha Academy, is one of the 12 contestants on “Big Break Myrtle Beach,” which begins airing on the Golf Channel on Oct. 7.

Episodes for the series were filmed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in June, although the Golf Channel didn’t announce the cast until this week. Six men and six women will compete, with the winner receiving prizes of more than $100,000, including an exemption to a PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event.

This will be the 22nd version of the series, which puts players through various skills challenges, including breaking a pane of glass with a shot. One player will be eliminated each week. In previous Big Break seasons, the final two contestants played an 18-hole match for the prize package.

Detlefsen won state Class A individual championships four consecutive years (2004-07). In 2006, she had a 36-hole total of 140, a state tournament record. One player tied the record in the 2012 state tournament and two more tied it in 2013. The record finally fell in June 2014, when two players in the Class AAA tournament broke it.

After high school, Detlefsen played college golf at the University of Central Florida, where in 2010 she won the Dinah Shore Award for academic and athletic achievement, leadership skills and community service. One of Detlefsen’s college teammates also is in the Big Break Myrtle Beach cast.

Detlefsen currently is a teaching professional at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minn., and Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Her brother, Erik, played golf at Minnehaha Academy and Stetson University. Her younger sister, Sara, played high school golf at Eastview and is entering her junior season at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Football openers

High school football teams that didn’t have a Zero Week game last week will open their seasons Thursday or Friday.

Zero Week could come into play in Thursday’s Lakeville North-Hopkins game, where the Panthers will be facing a team that already has played once. Hopkins defeated Superior, Wis., 37-14 last Friday.

Lakeville North will be host to Hopkins at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Also on Thursday, 2013 Class 6A runner-up Rosemount plays host to neighboring rival Eastview in a South Suburban Conference game, Wayzata goes to Farmington for a non-conference game and Apple Valley travels to Shakopee to welcome the Sabers to the South Suburban.

On Friday, Burnsville plays at Eagan and Lakeville South travels to Prior Lake. The Lakeville South-Prior Lake game originally was scheduled for Thursday but was moved back one day because of construction at the Lakers’ stadium.

A change on the sideline

A familiar face will be missing from the sideline at Eastview athletic events, although he won’t be far away.

Doug Nelson, the Lightning’s athletic trainer since 1997, now is the trainer at Burnsville High School. The change came about when School District 196 started a three-year agreement with Twin Cities Orthopedics for athletic training services. Nelson, a former Minnesota Twins trainer, works for Institute of Athletic Medicine. Burnsville is an Institute for Athletic Medicine client.

Mairead Griffin of Twin Cities Orthopedics is the new trainer at Eastview.

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