June 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Area golfers battle elements at state meets


Girls

Junior Kali Hanson had a great showing at the Class AAA state golf meet at Bunker Hills Golf Course on  June 11-12.

She opened with a marvelous 77, which put her in the top 15 of the toughest class, and was one of her best scores of the year on a very tough course in a very tough environment.

In her second round, which was jostled a bit by weather and rain, she didn’t quite hit that same mark, scoring an 84. Her combined total of 161 put her in a tie for 25th place in the meet, a spectacular finish for Hanson, who will only grow and learn from the experience.

For North Branch’s Ashley Bistodeau, she didn’t quite get all 36 holes in as the Class AA tournament is held much further south in Jordan at The Ridges at Sand Creek, and they got hammered with more rain than Bunker Hills.

After finishing her opening round with a nice 83, Bistodeau tackled the wet course on Wednesday, and carded a 46 on the front nine of The Ridges. Before she took the course, it was determined that the meet would be shortened to 27 holes, so her combined total of 129 put her in a tie for 32nd place in Class AA.


Boys

For eighth grader Nick Melvin, he was hoping the second round would be his moving day, but with the boys meet also shortened to 27 holes, he just ran out of time.

Melvin, who is in his second straight state tournament, opened with an 84 in the first round on Tuesday, which was a bit high for him as talented as he is.

But, he rebounded very nicely in the second round, shooting an even par 36 on the back nine in what could’ve been a phenomenal round. His 36 was tied for the fourth best round of the day on Wednesday. His combined score of 120 put him in a tie for 40th place in the meet.

Through the cooler temps and rain, Chisago Lakes’ senior Andrew Swanson was as steady as can be, carding matching 78s in his finale as a Wildcat golfer. His combined total of 156 put him in 40th place in the Class AA meet that features some very talented and very tough golfers.

Max Koch, a sophomore making his state debut for the ‘Cats, had a nice opening round, coming into the clubhouse with a 78, but he couldn’t quite keep up the momentum on day two, tumbling to an 86. He had 164 strokes on the two day tourney and he finished in a tie for 73rd place.


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