COON RAPIDS — It was an impressive state debut for Stillwater sophomore Sam Sicard, who placed finished eighth on Wednesday in the Class AA tournament at rain-soaked Bunker Hills Golf Club.
Sicard shot a 72 and was tied for third following Tuesday’s opening round and rebounded from a sluggish start on Wednesday to post a 77 in tough conditions for a two-day total of 149, which was six shots behind individual champion Cody Seal (143) of Chanhassen.
Sicard was 2-under after his first six holes in Round 1, but 3-over on his first six holes before storms interrupted play for more than an hour on Wednesday.
“The difference between the 72 vs. 77 was all about the start,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said. “(On Tuesday) the 72 we felt like it could have been even better, but today it could have been worse. He made some good saves to make bogey.”
Sicard did not make a double bogey in the tournament and only three-putted once.
“I didn’t the ball well, but I scrambled my butt off (on the first day,” Sicard said. “I was scrambling today, but I didn’t scramble very well. The back nine I hit it pretty solid. The front nine went poorly, but I brought it back together on the back nine, so that’s good.”
Stillwater teammate Evan Anderson, a junior, entered the day in 15th place after shooting a 34 on his second nine on Tuesday, but shot 77 on Wednesday to finish in 48th place with a score of 162.
“He was one of the few players with red next to his name yesterday, and that was with a double bogey on the easiest hole on the course,” Scanlon said. “That was gutsy comeback he made (after shooting 41 on his first nine), but today he could not get it on track. From a coach’s perspective, I couldn’t be happier returning two guys who did so well at state.”
The Suburban East Conference was well represented in the state field, with Forest Lake (618) and Hastings placing third and fourth and White Bear Lake (631) finishing seventh. Eden Prairie edged Wayzata 609-610 for the state championship.
The course was already stretched for this year’s event and the soft conditions made it play even longer.
“It was challenging, more challenging than Bunker usually plays, but I love the course,” Sicard said. “It sets up well for me so (the length) didn’t really affect me that much.”
The course is also different when its loaded with fans, coaches and players.
“It as a little different,” Sicard admitted. “I’ve played in big tournaments before so I know what it is like, but it’s a lot different than a regular high school match, that’s for sure, and there’s a lot more people watching. I could have played better, but I’m happy. I played well.”
1. Eden Prairie 609; 2. Wayzata 610; 3. Forest Lake 618; 4. Hastings 623; 5. Lakeville North 624; 6. Alexandria 626; 7. White Bear Lake 631; 8. Rogers 641.
Individual results (par 72)
1. Cody Seal (Chanhassen) 143; 2, tie, Brady Hanson (East Ridge) 146, William Leaf (Winona) 146, Zach Peters (Eden Prairie) 146, Freddy Thomas (Lakeville North 146 and Peter Jones (Owatonna) 146; 7. Jack Holmgren (Wayzata) 148; 8. Sam Sicard (St) 35-37-41-36—149; 9, tie, Justin Doeden (Lakeville South) 150, Conor McGuinnis (Minnetonka) 150, David Scharenbroich (St. Cloud Tech) 150 and Ian Hiltner (St. Cloud Tech) 150; 48. Evan Anderson (St) 34-41-43-44—162.
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