BECKER – In the opening round of the Class A state golf meet on Tuesday, participants had to contend with blistering temperatures. Within 24 hours, however, they were faced with something very different.
Wednesday’s final round brought temperatures in the mid to high 70s – roughly a 20 degree drop – as well as rain pockets that were mixed throughout the day. Two local teams and 10 individuals looked to end their season, and for some their careers, in a strong way at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
On the boys’ side, Lakeview improved from their Day 1 result with a team result of 336 in the finals to a two-day total of 682 (346-336) for fourth place. Fertile-Beltrami won the Class A Championship with a finals team score of 309 for a two-day total of 632 (323-309), followed by Marshall School (Duluth) in second place with a finals team score of 329 a two-day total of 662 (333-329) and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in third place with a finals team score of 341 for a two-day total of 680 (339-341). Park Christian was fifth with 702 (355-347) over two days, followed by United South Central sixth with 703 (362-341) over two days, New Life Academy of Woodbury with two day totals of 714 (360-354) and Rushford-Peterson in eighth place with a two-day total of 757 (391-366).
For Lakeview, Carson Boe led with a finals round of 79 for a two-day total of 157 (78-79) and finished in 11th place. Ethan Schwankl fired 88 in the final round for a 174 total (86-88) for 42nd place, while Cole Arends and Lane Arends had 83 and 87 respectively in the final round for a 176 total each (93-83 for Cole, 89-87 for Lane) to reach 45th place. Parker Geistfeld had 87 in the final lap for a total of 185 (98-87) over two days to finish in 66th place. Trey Helmke had 102 on the final lap for a two-day total of 208 (106-102) and finished in 80th place.
Individually, Dawson-Boyd’s Collin Swedzinski rallied with a strong final loop of 75 for a two-day total of 164 (89-75) and tied for 20th place. Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s Sawyer Drent and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Chase Christensen showed consistency in their final rounds, with Drent firing an 83 for a two-day 166 total (83-83) to finish 29th. place and Christensen recorded an 86 for a two-day total of 172 (86-86) to share 37th place. Minneota’s Cole Myhre and Jackson Esping also showed improvements between Day 1 and Day 2. Myhre had 86 in the final round for a two-day total of 182 (96-86) to share 57th place while Esping in the final round 97 for a had two-day total of 197 (100-97) for 75th place.
In the girls, Murray County Central also improved on their Day 1 result with a team total of 417 in the finals for a two-day total of 867 (450-417) and finished in seventh place. Legacy Christian Academy won the Class A Championship with a finals team score of 362 for a two-day total of 716 (354-362), followed by Lac qui Parle Valley in second place with a finals team score of 369 for a 2-day total of 723 (354-369) and Park Christian in third place with a finals team score of 373 for a 2-day total of 741 (368-373). Fillmore Central finished fourth with a finals team total of 385 for a two-day total of 778 (393-385), followed by North Woods in fifth place with a two-day total of 791 (395-396), Fertile -Beltrami in sixth place with a two-day total of 828 (410-418) and Sleepy Eye United in eighth place with a two-day total of 875 (446-429).
For MCC, Ciera Tutt led with a final round 93 for a two-day total of 197 (104-93) and finished in 32nd place. Elie Meyer had 107 on the final lap for a two-day total of 212 (105-107) for 58th place. Ava Johnson and Rachael Huso showed improvements from Day 1 to Day 2. Johnson had a 108 in the final round for a two-day total of 228 (120-108) to share 74th place while Huso in the final Lap a 109 for a day total of 230 (121-109) in 76th place. Symone Harms had 126 in the last lap for a two day total of 251 (125-126) and was 79th. Lizzie Daniels had 132 in the final lap for a two-day total of 266 (134-132) and placed 85th.
Individually, Minneota’s Lauren Bowyer had 88 in the final round for a two-day total of 175 (87-88) to earn eighth place and a medal. Dawson-Boyd’s Alyssa Swedzinski and Lindsey Lund improved their scores, with Swedzinski firing an 89 in the final round for a total of 183 (94-89) for 15th place, while Lund fired a 90 in the final round for a two-day total of 184 (94-90) in 17th place. HLO/Fulda/WWG’s Ellyson Bang had 96 in the final round for a two-day total of 194 (98-96) and finished in 28th place. Canby’s Kara Rangaard had 109 in the final round for a two-day total of 212 (103-109) to finish 58th.
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