PREP GOLF: Minneota’s Guttormsson ties for second at state meet
BECKER – After battling hot weather in the opening round, the Class A state golfers wrapped up the 2017 season with another scorching day at Pebble Creek Golf Club Wednesday.
Once again, the boys’ groupings went off first, but this time it would be the individuals who would tee off before the teams.
Murray County Central’s Tyler Groves fired an 80 to finish with a two-day total of 167 to come in a tie for 23rd while his teammate Jack Pierson shot an 84 to finish with a two-day total of 171 to tie for 35th.
Wabasso’s Garrett Sagedahl shot a 102 on the second day to shoot a 201 two-day total, placing him in 79th. Minneota’s Nolan Boerboom shot an 88 to fire a two-day 172 to tie for 37th while Lakeview’s Zach Werner shot an 87 to have a two-day total of 172 and tie Boerboom. Dawson-Boyd’s Tyler Lund shot a 93 on the second day to finish tied for 43rd with a two-day total of 175.
The Westbrook-Walnut Grove team was led by Kyle Kuehl on the second day, who shot a 94. He would finish with a two-day total of 184, tying him for 64th. Andrew Quade shot a 95 to finish with a two-day score of 180 to come in 56th while Anthony Ross also shot 95 on Day Two, but finished one stroke behind Quade in the total at 181 to finish tied for 57th.
Cole Bunting and Jack Jorgenson each shot a two-day total of 198 to tie for 77th, with Jorgenson’s second day 98 edging out Bunting’s round of 101. Nathan Ross rounded out the boys scores with a 106 on the second day to shoot a two-day 210 and finish 84th.
As a team, the Chargers remained in eighth place with a two-day total of 740. Mahnomen/Waubun took home first place with a two-day score of 653, followed by Lac qui Parle Valley (671) and Sleepy Eye United (673).
On the girls side, MCC’s Abby Hamman shot a second day 93 finish tied for 15th with a two-day total of 175. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Megan Schmitt shot a 110 for a two-day total of 222 to finish tied for 76th, while WWG’s Brittany Erickson shot a 112 for a two-day score of 212 and tied for 69th.
The Minneota team were led by Heidi Guttormsson, who fired a second day 82 to finish with a two-day total of 160 and come in a three-way tie for second place with Legacy Christian Academy’s Sophie Gray and Park Christian’s Emily Doeden. The Vikings finished in fifth place as a team, shooting a two-day score of 745. BOLD took first with a 693 while Fillmore Central took second with a 697 and Springfield took third with a 701.
Guttormsson said she wasn’t happy with her back nine and felt she could’ve have had some shots in the right direction on the front throughout her round.
“I was definitely upset with my second nine today. It was going okay after I had saved a par on a hole I did not expect to save par on. On the seventh hole, I triple bogeyed after I thought a chip shot was going to be really good took a horrible bounce and I ended up with a triple,” Guttormsson said. “That was my first triple bogey of the year which was pretty upsetting. On the last hole, the adrenaline got to me there; the club that I usually hit there went a little too far. The first nine I wish I would’ve been a shot or two better, but it is what it is.”
Many of Guttormsson’s teammates showed improvements between the two days. Laura Knutson shot a 97 after an opening 100 for a two-day 197 to finish tied for 50th while Brooklynn Downing shot a 95 after an opening 103 for a two-day 198 to finish tied for 52nd. Carolyn Hoffman shot a 95 as well after a 112 on Day One for a two-day 207 to finish 66th and Allison Citterman shot a 103 after an opening 109 for a two-day 212 to finish tied for 69th while Nicole Evers rounded out the scores with a 110 for a 205 to finish tied for 63rd.
Guttormsson said the journey their team has taken from the regular season to coming from behind on the second day of sections to win the section to the state tournament was a thrilling ride.
“It’s been an emotional year. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I knew that we were really to come out with something that we haven’t shot all year to make state as a team and we did. I didn’t know if we were going to be able to come from a nine-shot deficit but we did,” Guttormsson said. “To have them up here, it’s been fun. It’s a little disappointing that we couldn’t place as a team, but I was able to place second so I can’t complain too much.”
The senior said it’s been long but fun career after coming in as a seventh grader and playing five times at the state level.
“This is my fifth time at state, I came as an eighth grader and I’ve been on varsity since seventh grade,” Guttormsson said. “It’s been a long ride. It’s kind of disappointing that it ended how it did, but I can’t complain. It’s been a fun six years. As of right now, I’m not golfing in college but we’ll see what happens.”