Troy Merritt walked to the final tee and slapped hands with fans on both sides of the ropes. The Spring Lake Park grad and former Winona State golfer knew how close he was to his first PGA tour victory.
Over the next few months, a task force will consider options for the future of Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center, a par-3 course that opened in 1963. Although no final decision will be made until spring, the numbers don’t look good for golf.
Yujeong Son matched the women's course record with a 7-under 64 on Monday to take the first-round lead in the Junior PGA Championship, and U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree topped the boys' leaderboard at 66.
Troy entered Spring Lake Park High as a sophomore in the fall of 2001. He was an all-conference guard for the 2004 team that gave the school its first trip to the state (Class 3A) basketball tournament.
As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women's British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another chapter in golf's record book.