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It's over in Class 2A boys' golf competition. Shortly before 7 p.m., MSHSL officials determined there was no way players were going to get back on the course in time to finish before the sun ran out. So despite most players through nine holes - albeit different ones - the record will forever show this as an 18-hole tournament. Depending on who you are, that's good news or bad.
Orono built itself a 12-shot lead after Day 1 with a blistering 292. So even though this wasn't a "full" tournament, they earned the team victory for sure. Coach Doug Erickson said his top four players were all 1-under-par or even after nine holes today, so even though we'll never know it appears the Spartans were on their way to victory anyway.
On the other hand, the individual title goes to Holy Angels senior Jake Erickson even though he was not exactly tearing it up today. He shot a 69 yesterday, but after nine holes today he had carded a 44.
"I was thanking my lucky stars that it ended," he said. "I was fighting the game a little. I've never been a good bad-weather player."
You gotta feel for kids like Nic Jensen of Rochester Lourdes. He was one off the pace after yesterday, and was even par through 11 holes when play was stopped.
Winds were an issue all day. Then at 4:45 the clouds started to thicken and darken and the writing was on the wall. It never really rained until much later, but it's clear this was the right call by the MSHSL. You can't take chances with 88 kids holding metal clubs.
Right now (it's about 7:25) it is absolutely pouring here, and lightning is in the area. I doubt this final round would have ever gotten in today.
By the way, just an update from several news reports: It appears the roof of Wadena High School is gone, and the ice arena there has been destroyed. Thankfully there's nothing like that down here.
Well, you knew this was going to happen. Strong storms in the area have delayed Class 2A boys' golf play here in Jordan. Players were pulled off the Ridges at Sand Creek course at 4:45 and for now play is suspended. No groups have completed their second rounds, though some are just a hole or two away. The rain has not yet hit, nor has any lightning. But - well, just take a look at the photo at the bottom.
Around 3pm, signs started pointing toward this happening. Rain started forming southwest of here, and everyone with a lap top (myself included) started looking at radar. Here's what we saw: those patches of light green quickly turned to yellow and red.
No idea what will happen from here. It's a quick-moving system, so HOPEFULLY we'll get players back out there in an hour or so. Coaches don't seen too concerned; a handful of them are here in the media/officials room glued not to the weather, but the US Open.
Here's the scene outside:
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windy blustery typhoon-ish Ridges at Sand Creek where the girls' golf team from Minnewaska has just celebrated its fifth straight championship. The Lakers, who beat Red Wing by 15 for the team trophy, have now won the last three Class 2A titles to go along with 1A crowns in 2006 and 2007.
This win is No. 75 in a row for Minnewaska; the team has not finished second or worse in an official event since May of 2006. According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Minnewaska is only the third school in girls' high school golf history to win that many in a row. Henderson Green Valley (Nevada) won 144 in a row from 1992-2004, and Xavier College Prep in Phoenix has thrice won 77 or more matches in a row. So a big congratulations is in order.
The team celebrated by jumping in the small pond just off the 18th green. How confident were the Lakers? The team had pre-embroidered towels made up to dry off with after the leap.
Allie Ostrander and Sarah Roering, the only seniors on the Minnewaska scoring roster, shared medalist honors out here today. They each finished with scores of 150, four shots ahead of Breck's Anna Laorr.
Play is kind of slow out here today - the wind is really messing with players' shots. That might affect how far we get as the afternoon goes on. A tornado watch has been issued for the area and behind the scenes some tournament officials are not convinced we'll complete the boys' tournament today. Looking at radar, nothing is lurking, but with this wind and this humidity, a storm can pop up at any time. Already, some showers have formed but thankfully (so far) they fell apart.
Wayzata is a back-to-back champ, winning this year's Class 3A boys' golf championship by 15 shots over Rogers.
Senior Kyle Beversdorf and junior Tyler Lowenstein each finished with 144 totals, good for second place. St. Cloud Tech junior Charlie Braniff was the unlikely individual champ. After barely making it to state out of section 8 (he was 5 over after four holes but settled) he shot a 68 yesterday and a 74 today to beat Beversdorf and Lowenstein by a pair.
We'll crown 1A and 2A champs tomorrow. I'll be out at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan for the 2A finish. Updates to follow.
New Prague's girls' golf team is your 2010 Class 3A champion. The Trojans led by three here at Bunker Hills heading into today, and upped that to seven over runner-up Edina to claim their first state championship.
Eighth-grader McKenzie Neisen led New Prague with a two-day total of 148, tied with Eastview's Sara Detlefsen for second-best score of the tournament. Sister Steffi Neisen, a senior, finished fifth with a 152.
Maggie Leland of Alexandria shot a 5-under 68 out here today (par is 73 from the red tees) and breezed to a 3 under 143 total for the individual title.
After carding three birdies and an eagle on the front nine today, she called her play on the back nine "boring, but fun."
Defending champion Betsy Kelly of Forest Lake finished in fourth place with a 149.
We're on time out here for the boys' tournament, which should be wrapping up in a couple of hours. Wayzata had a 12-shot lead heading into today. My guess is that sticks. Conditions are absolutely stunning today, so some good scores can be had and Wayzata has the horses to make that happen. I may or may not have been told that a 290 is possible from your defending champions ...
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