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August 18, 2022

6/24/2022 2:20:00 PM
North Branch's Weyenberg and Minke have great debuts at state tourney

Olivia Weyenberg was a bit of a surprise entrant into the state tournament, but she more than held her own when the best of the Class AA girls gathered on June 14-15 at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

The North Branch junior finished the first round with a 48 on the front nine and a 45 on the back nine for a total of 93. The Ridges is a challenging course, so it wasn’t a bad score for Weyenberg. Her best stretch came in holes 7-14, where she parred six of the eight holes and was only three over.

Weyenberg was poised to have a better day during the Wednesday round, carding her first birdie on hole 15, a tough par three, but inclement weather wiped out the back nine for the girls, making it a 27 hole total instead of 36.
Weyenberg’s 43 to start on the second day propelled her into the top 35 in the 88 golfer field. She combined for a score of 136.

North Branch’s Tyler Minke, just a freshman, also finished in the top half of the field, coming in 33rd in the 85 golfer field.

Minke started off really well, parring the first six holes in his first round, but a double on the par-5 seventh hole was a killer. He finished the front with a par and bogey to card a 39.

Minke did get a stroke back by making his first birdie on the 10th hole after the turn, but five bogeys over the last eight holes sent him to a 40 on the back nine for a round of 79. That put him in 19th place after the first round was complete.

On the second day, Minke was cruising again, parring the first seven holes before a bogey and double on eight and nine were his first hiccups.  He still put up another 39 on the front and was looking good. Then came a two and a half hour rain delay in Jordan. That caused some issues for Minke as he returned with two doubles and three bogeys to go with a birdie on the back, shooting a 42 to card an 81 and drop him to 33rd with a total of 160.

“He played pretty well on day one and was playing really well on day until the rain break,” his dad and head coach, Ryan Minke, said. “But, it was a great learning experience for him. He’ll work on getting better on and around the greens and keep improving his game.”

Erickson gets valuable experience
Chisago Lakes junior Emily Erickson made her state tournament playing debut at Bunker Hills Golf Course Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15.

Erickson got a feel for the tournament last year as she was able to follow her sister, Jill, around the course as she qualified as a senior. This time it was Emily’s turn to take on the tough course in Coon Rapids.

Erickson went off the East Course to start her first 18, and it was a rocky start with back-to-back doubles, but she settled down to play just two over through the next three holes.

A par on the brutal 181-yard par-3 seventh was a beautiful play from her, as was a par on the longest hole on the course, the par-5 11th. She ended up carding matching 47s on the East and West courses for a 94 on day one.
On the second day, Erickson started off much better, parring holes two and three, as well as holes eight and nine, which were the hardest and fifth hardest holes on the day. She put a 43 on the scorecard on the front nine and was primed to make a move up the leaderboard.

But, the West Course at Bunker Hills is the toughest of their nines, and Erickson struggled a bit. She scrambled well in some spots to save strokes, but it was a bit of a grind before she finished with a 50 to put up a 93 on the second day.
Her combined total got her to 187, which was good enough for 73rd out of 88 golfers.

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