Kelly medals to lead SEC champs to Section 7AAA championship
After falling just short at the last two Section 7AAA meets, the Ranger boys left nothing to chance last week at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley.
Forest Lake opened with a round of 295 last Monday and took a 15-stroke lead into Thursday’s final round. On day two, the Rangers slammed the door by shooting 300. Their two-day total of 595 was 16 better than Andover and 30 better than Cambridge-Isanti.
The section win was Forest Lake’s first since 2009.
“The kids picked each other up and I was proud of their mental toughness and focus,” said coach John Buck. “It was the right time to be at our best.”
Junior Max Kelly sat in third place after a first-round score of 72, then fired 70 on Thursday to win the tournament by two strokes with a 2-under total of 142.
Senior captain Zach Dickenson, who was instrumental in Forest Lake’s fast start with an even-par 72 on the first day, finished tied for fifth place with a total of 152.
Sophomore Jake Moryn bounced back from a first-round 82 to fire a 73 on the second day. Junior Trevor Thompson saw his scores of 76 and 77 count both days and he tied for eighth at 153.
Sophomore Daniel Massey tied Moryn for 11th with rounds of 75 and 80. Senior Taylor Bisbee (78-84-162) rounded out the lineup.
“It was great fun and we are excited to be at state again,” said Buck.
State takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The Rangers placed second at the 2009 state tournament.
The Forest Lake JV and junior high teams joined the varsity as Suburban East Conference champs this spring. Brad Rod and Nick Norling led the JV squad with rounds of 78 at the conference tournament. Clay Drobnik shot 80 and Sam Schminski finished at 81.
Junior high team members include Chase Mouch, Jack Kluge, Sam Resler, Sam Cartford, Easton Jacobson and Derek Odland.