Golfers take aim at Ridges of Sand Creek to punch ticket to state
All four members of the Jefferson girls golf team made the cut to play in the second day of Section 6-3A girls golf tournament on Monday, June 5, after this edition went to print.
The opening round was Thursday, June 1 at The Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan which also serves at the sign for the Class AA state meet, June 13-14.
State for Class AAA is at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
Jefferson wasn’t one of the teams to make it to the second day but the four Jaguars who will play for one of the individual qualifying spots include Eighth grader Isabelle Lynch who shot a team-best 93. Paige Staub and Emily Christiansen each carded rounds of 98 and junior Grace VanBrocklin carded a 110.
Jefferson boys shot a team-best 326 on the opening day of the Section 6-3A meet at Ridges of Sand Creek. Senior Noah Ganske led the way with a 75 that included 15 pars and three bogeys. Junior Jack Breen carded an 82, sophomore Nolan Rasmussen carded an 84 and junior captain Sam Heath shot an 85.
Coach Matt Elsen said the team collectively shot really well on a tough course and was excited to turn the attention to the final round on Monday where Ganske had a great opportunity to qualify for the Class 3A state tournament to be played June 13-14 at Bunker Hills.
Kennedy carded a score of 345 to place seventh from the first day of play, led by freshman Corey Boerner with an 81 to qualify for the second day of play. Sophomore Jackson Fuller finished with an 87 and was a scorecard playoff from missing the second round. Carter Johnson opened with a solid opening nine holes but struggled over his second nine holes to shoot an 88 and missed the second day cut by one stroke. Eighth grader Alec Chamberlain closed out his first varsity season with an 89 and both captains were right in the mix to the end.
Cole Lindstrom and Devin Dietz shot an 89 and 90, respectively in their final prep rounds.
The round was Lindstrom’s best of the season. “It was awesome to see him finish his high school career in such a positive way,” Kennedy coach Eric Petterson said. “He really improved as a golfer the last three seasons. He has showed great leadership over this year and was an excellent captain.”
Dietz was a five-year letter winner with the team and closed out his round strong after struggling through six holes.
Johnson earned Academic All-Conference and All-State honors.
Editor’s note: Look for a full recap from section play in the June 15 edition as the June 5 second round wasn’t completed before this edition went to press.
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