Forest Lake never found its groove at the state golf tournament in Coon Rapids last week. The Ranger boys placed sixth out of eight teams at Bunker Hills Golf Course.
The Rangers sat in fifth place after shooting 315 in Tuesday’s first round, then carded 319 the next day for a total of 634. Moorhead claimed the Class AAA title with a score of 599, 14 strokes better than Minnetonka.
“I was pleased with our preparations and efforts, but just like a U.S. Open, Bunker demands you bring your ‘A’ game around the greens,” said coach John Buck. “We struggled with chipping and putting both days at Bunker.
“I applaud the kids for their hard work and improvement during the season.”
Defending state champion Max Kelly just missed returning to the medal stand. The junior shot 75-75-150 to tie for 10th place. There was an eight-stroke gap between Kelly and his closest teammate, sophomore Daniel Massey, who shot 76-82-158. Junior Trevor Thompson saw both of his rounds count in the team score. He shot 81-80-161.
Tuesday’s fourth score was an 83 from senior Zach Dickenson. He followed up with an 85 in the final round. Senior Taylor Bisbee shot 82 on Wednesday and contributed to the team score. He carded 87 on the first 18 holes. Sophomore Jake Moryn rounded out the lineup and scored 87-93-180.
Seniors Ben Welle of Moorhead and Jon Dutoit of Chaska tied for medalist honors with two-day totals of 142, good for 2-under par.