The Forest Lake boys golf team upped its performance at the state tournament at Bunker Hills this year to a third-place finish, a three-spot improvement from last year’s state appearance.
The Rangers finished day one in second place with a total of 300, just two strokes behind Wayzata. But Eden Prairie came back strong on day two to win the title with 609, beating Wayzata by one stroke. Forest Lake recorded a total of 618, a 16-stroke improvement from its score last year.
Junior Luke Resler was the low scorer on day one with a 74, followed by senior Maxton Kelly and junior Daniel Massey at 75. Junior Nick Moe rounded out the scoring with a 76. Senior Trevor Thompson shot 82, while ninth-grader Jack Kluge recorded a score of 88.
The state golfers played through tough weather conditions until a two-hour rain and lightning delay caused a lull in play on day two at Bunker Hills.
Head coach John Buck said the squad had a chance to win the title on the back nine, which would have been a repeat of the Section 7AAA comeback, but couldn’t pull through in the steady rain.
Resler again held the low score on day two by shooting a 77, followed by Thompson at 78 strokes. Kelly shot for an 81 while Massey rounded out the score at 82. Moe and Kluge shot 86 and 91, respectively.
Resler earned 13th place overall as the highest finisher for Forest Lake in a field of 88.
The state championship win for Eden Prairie was the team’s first since 1999.