SEC co-champs close in on section title
Timing on par for FL boys’ golf team
The Forest Lake boys’ golf team appears to be peaking at just the right time. First, the Rangers rode a late charge to a tie for the Suburban East Conference championship last week, and they now hold a 15-stroke lead following the first half of the Section 7AAA meet held Monday at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley.
The section meet wraps up this Thursday. If Forest Lake can hold on it will advance to state as a team for the first time since 2009. The Rangers took second place at the section meet in heartbreaking fashion in both 2010 and 2011.
“We finish on Thursday and we will take nothing for granted and play as hard as we played today,” said head coach John Buck.
With a total of 295, Forest Lake shot its best round of the year on Monday. Senior Zach Dickenson stepped up with an even-par round of 72. Junior Max Kelly matched that score, and sophomore Daniel Massey carded 75. Junior Trevor Thompson had 15 pars on his way to a 76.
The low scores came despite stormy conditions.
“I was pleased with how we played and persevered through an hour-and-a-half rain delay,” Buck said.
Senior Taylor Bisbee (78) and sophomore Jake Moryn (82) rounded out the lineup. Cambridge-Isanti is in second place after shooting 310, two strokes ahead of Andover.
See www.forestlaketimes.com for coverage of the final round of the section meet. The Class AAA state meet will be held June 12-13 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
The SEC race came down to another wild finish, and this time Forest Lake came away pleased. The Rangers were stunned by Roseville in the final event in 2011 and had to settle for second place overall. Last Wednesday at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, they flipped the script. A round of 315 in the SEC tournament was good for second place that day.
Mounds View held a six-point lead in the standings coming in but misfired in the stiff wind and took sixth place at the final meet, which counts for double points. Hastings entered the event third in the standings, but won the meet convincingly with a round of 302. After the numbers were crunched, Forest Lake and Hastings were tied in the points race and Mounds View fell to third.
“Wow. The message was never give up, because you never know in sports,” said Buck, adding that he felt a slight vindication for last year’s result.
Thompson tied for medalist honors with a score of 74, three shots over par. Moryn contributed a round of 79. Massey was one stroke behind Moryn, and Dickenson saw his round of 82 count. Kelly (83) and Bisbee (89) also competed.
Thompson, Massey and Kelly earned all-conference honors. Moryn was an honorable mention choice.