Golf team falls just short of state

In keeping with the rest of the spring season, weather played a key factor in the outcome of the Forest Lake boys golf season last week. The Section 7AAA teams fit in only one round of play due to rain delays at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley. 

Senior Daniel Massey tees off on hole one at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley. Massey was the only Ranger to qualify for the state tournament. Photo by Greg Hunt/Isanti County News

Senior Daniel Massey tees off on hole one at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley. Massey was the only Ranger to qualify for the state tournament. Photo by Greg Hunt/Isanti County News

Forest Lake was unable to defend its section title, finishing tied for second place with Duluth East by shooting 305. Andover earned the title at 303. 

Senior Daniel Massey was the lone Ranger to qualify for the state tournament individually after a three-player playoff. He carded a score of 35 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine to total 74, good for a tie for fifth place overall. Senior Matt Swanson of Cambridge-Isanti earned medalist honors as the only golfer to break 70 with a score of 68. 

Senior Nick Moe was three spots from a trip to state. He tied in 11th place with a 76 after shooting a 36 on the front nine. Senior Luke Resler tied for 13th place with a 77, while sophomore Jack Kluge rounded out the scoring at 78, good for a tie for 18th place. 

Head coach John Buck said it was a tough day for his team. 

“The event was reduced to 18 and that was tough to take, but what a spring,” Buck said. “We had another two-hour rain delay as well. The guys fought hard, but came up short on the last hole, as we played it in five-over par.”

Massey will compete at the Class AAA state tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course on June 10-11. 

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