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2011

Carolyn Klecker

Carolyn M. Klecker graduated from River Falls High School in 1992 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics/Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1997.

As a high school athlete, Klecker lettered 3 years in girls softball, being an All-Conference selection in 1989, & 1990.  In girls basketball she lettered 4 years, played in Wisconsin AAU girls basketball competitions in 1991, and was most valuable player for River Falls High School in 1992.  Due to the opportunities provided by Title IV, she was able to compete and letter on the Varsity boys golf team in 1992.  She was also a member of the State Champion River Falls Wildcat Marching Band.  Each of the four years Klecker was a member the Marching Wildcats they were crowned State Champions.  In 1991-92 Klecker was the trumpet soloist, served as President of the band, and received the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz performance.  While in high school she was also a member of the National Honor Society, and an honor roll student throughout her high school career.

Klecker attended the University of Minnesota and competed in women’s division I golf, along with being a member of the ‘Pride of Minnesota,’ in the Minnesota marching band.  She is a self taught golfer, who was given a chance as a walk-on to make the team by Coach Kathy Williams.  Her natural talent, coachability and mental toughness succeeded in proving her ability, and she obtained a full ride athletic scholarship.  She lettered three years, was most valuable player in 1996-97, and served as the captain of the Minnesota golf team in her junior and senior years, when the Gophers women’s golf was ranked in the top 20 nationally.   Klecker is a two-time All Big Ten Academic recipient, and winner of the Patty Berg Academic Award.

Klecker competed in numerous United States Amateur events, making it to the semi-finals in 1996.  In 1996-97 Klecker won the Minnesota State Amateur Match Play defeating Hillary Homeyer, and defended her title in 1997-98 defeating Amy Dahle.  After college, Klecker continued her golfing career qualifying as an amateur and competing in tournaments on the LPGA tour. 

She retired from competitive golf in 2000 to focus on her genetics/molecular biology profession, currently working at Beckman Coulter, a medical device company.

Klecker lives in Waconia, Minnesota with her partner Jackie Kieser, who is the Director of Quality at Lifecore Biomedical.  She continues to play golf, run marathons, and has a new passion for stand-up paddleboarding.
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