Corey Muenzhuber couldn't feel his fingers for most of Saturday's second round of the Tri-State Invitational, but he had enough touch for one last clutch putt.
After a chunked second shot out of a divot on the par-4 18th found one of many bunkers at Edinburgh USA Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, the Rogers senior flopped a shot to within 7 feet of the cup. He calmly swept it in for par and a two-day total of 147, good for a one-shot victory over Eden Prairie's Max Rosenthal for medalist honors.
"I kept it in the fairway -- which is nice -- and it was a lot of 8-irons and wedges from there," Muenzhuber said.
His front nine was almost as dreary as the cold rain and wind that seems to plague players every year at the 20-team event. Muenzhuber followed up a double bogey on the par-4 seventh hole with a three-putt bogey on the short par-3 eighth.
Coupled with the conditions, he wasn't enthused about the prospect of 10 more holes.
"I kind of wanted to go home," he said. "It was rough, but I knew I had to stick with it and try to shoot even par on the back."
Wayzata won the team competition by seven shots over defending champion Eden Prairie. The Trojans trailed the Eagles by eight strokes to begin the day but used a 14-shot improvement from senior Miles Death as part of their momentum toward the champion's gold cup.
Coach Allan Christopherson walked nearly the whole round with Death, and remarked on the back nine he felt a charge coming.
"We're grinders," Christopherson later said of the three-time defending Class 3A state champion Trojans. "We get out there, we get after it and we play. This type of weather allows us to focus in a little bit more on our game. Concentrate in on our targets. Miles did that all day for us."