Ranger golfers record solid scores
Ninth-grader Maddy Messin represented Forest Lake at the Class AAA state golf tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.
Messin tied for 40th place of 88 golfers with a combined score of 169 over the two-day event. Messin shot a 42 on the front nine on day one, then a 43 on the back nine. On day two, she rebounded from a 46 on the front to card a round of 38 on the back.
Messin had the third-best score for her grade, and the fourth-best score for state entrants younger than 10th grade. Senior Kenzie Neisen of New Prague captured the state title with a combined score of 135.
Fellow Ranger Daniel Massey also competed individually at state. The senior tied for 44th place in a field of 88 with a combined score of 157. Massey shot 41-37 on the opening day and 40-39 on the final day.
“Obviously he didn’t play as well as he had hoped,” coach John Buck said. “He was thinking in the 140s would be a good week, but the course was like the U.S. Open—it’s fast and if you’re not making your shots, that’s the biggest difference. He played well, but he would be the first to say not as well as he’d hoped.”
Massey posted the same combined score of 157 during last year’s state tournament and tied for 34th place.
“Overall he’s satisfied—been to the state tournament three times and had a lot of fun,” Buck said. “He was a little upset the team didn’t make it, since it’s a lot more fun to go with a group.”
Senior Chris Captain of Rochester Century clinched the 2014 individual state title by three strokes with a score of 142.