The Forest Lake boys golf team sent a young squad, due to the Forest Lake High School prom, to the Tri-State Tournament featuring 24 teams at Edinburgh USA Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.
The Rangers sat in 20th place after the first day, when their squad of all sophomores and one freshman struggled to find a groove. Forest Lake recorded a score of 345 on day one. On day two the Rangers moved up into 18th place by shooting 324.
Sophomore Chase Mouch was the team’s low scorer at the tournament, recording an 82 on the first day and improving to a 77 on day two. Sophomore Easton Jacobson recovered from shooting an 89 on the first 18 holes to earn a 76, a feat that got the attention of head coach John Buck.
“I was impressed by how well Easton Jacobson played on the second day,” Buck said. “I think he placed in the top 15 of the second-day scorers, so that was good.”
Sophomore Jack Kluge shot a combined 168, followed by sophomore Sam Cartford, who recorded a 177 to round out the varsity score.
Buck said it will be nice for the sophomores to have varsity experience heading into sections, but said there is one remaining factor influencing their progression this season: the weather.
“At this point, I’m trying to do a dance or whatever it takes to change the weather,” Buck joked.
The Rangers are scheduled to tee up at Detroit Lakes starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and host a 15-team meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Forest Hills Golf Course.