A five-hour weather delay Wednesday didn’t dampen the spirits of Delano senior Jordan Peters.
The first-round leader survived a nerve-racking final nine holes to win the Class 2A boys’ golf state tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. The final round of the two-day event was reduced to nine holes following a tenacious rainstorm in the morning, pushing the first tee times into the afternoon.
“I had to stay focused,” said Peters, who finished the 27-hole event with a 4-under par 104. “I never been in that position before. It’s a whole different mind-set.”
Peters has won his share of one-day events throughout his prep career. Never a two-day tournament.
“That was stressful,” Peters said. He finished two strokes ahead of Waseca junior Josh Kummerfeldt.
It wasn’t noticeable in his play. He recorded a 1-under-par 35 over a soggy final nine holes, forcing those nearest him to shoot a 33 just to pull even.
“I played better today considering the circumstances,” Peters said. “I had to really work for everything.”
Peters followed a “solid” 3-under-par 69 round Tuesday with what he dubbed a “stellar” performance a day later.
“Everything came easy yesterday,” Peters said. “It could have been a better round, but I was satisfied. I could have shot a 66.” He had six birdies during the round.
The past two years, five of Peters’ seven rounds on the varied terrain course have been under par. He finished fourth a year ago.
“I didn’t know that I would be able to play to my potential out here,” said Peters, who is headed to Southern Illinois University. “It gives me a jump in confidence heading to college. Now I feel like I can play Division I golf.”
Teammates share title
Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes is only a freshman. She is already a two-time state champion, sharing this year’s title with teammate junior Natalie Roth.
“Honestly, it was probably the perfect way to end,” Smith said. Both finished with even-par 108s. “It’s been a long two days.”
Smith, the defending state champion, shot an even-par 36 on all three nine-hole rounds. In her seven nine-hole rounds over the course the past two years, Smith has only been over par one time. That was a 37.
She trailed her teammate by two strokes entering play Wednesday after Roth carded a personal best 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Roth shot a 2-over-par 38 over the final nine holes.
“Natalie is a great teammate and player,” Smith said. “She had a great season.”