BROOKLYN PARK — The Stillwater boys’ golf team was unable to maintain its torrid pace in the second round to finish 13th in the prestigious Tri-State Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Edinburgh USA.
The Ponies posted a blistering 315 on Day 1 behind a surprising 3-over-par 75 by freshman Parker Anderson. The Ponies trailed eventual champion Wayzata by just one shot going into the final round, but slipped back after shooting 30 strokes higher (345) on Day 2. The Trojans followed up with a 312 in the second round to hold off Lakeville North (629) and third place Edina (630) for the title.
“I would summarize it as ABC’s Wide World of Sports where you have the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said. “The first day we’ve got a ninth-grader in third place with all the great golfers there and a team in second place by a shot, with all those great teams there. The second day was rough weather conditions, but we basically just had the agony of defeat. We went crashing off the ski ramp.”
Anderson followed with an 86 in Round 2 to lead the Ponies with a 161 total.
“It is by far the lowest score we’ve had from a junior high guy on a course like that,” Scanlon said of Anderson’s first-round score. “It’s his career low round for high school at least, but both coach Kyle (Scanlon) and I were predicting it because we knew he was ready for a breakthrough.
“We have a running joke on the team that all the kids want to go to prom with Parker’s swing. He has a beautiful golf swing. He has a Division I golf swing and a ninth-grade short game where he’s not consistent. He’s like a ninth-grader who can hit a home run, but he’s not going to bat .350. As a coach, gosh it’s exciting to see. When we get a few weeks under our belt we’ll be in great shape.”
Sammy Sicard led the Ponies in the final round with an 84 for a two-day total of 163, which was one shot better than senior Evan Anderson (164). John LeClair finished at 170 for the Ponies. Crosby Joy shot a 92 while in the five-person lineup for the opening round and Joe Sorenson took his spot for the second round and carded a 90.
“We’re capable of playing at that level with Wayzata and Lakeville North, but early in the season like any sport you’re inconsistent and we were inconsistent,” Scanlon said. “We’re capable, but inconsistent. That shows up in the demographics of our team, too. You can’t expect a ninth-grader to be great every day like you expect the senior captain at the top of your lineup to be great every day. We still have that theme going where the top of the lineup hasn’t played great yet.”
1. Wayzata 314-312—626; 2. Lakeville North 319-310—629; 3. Edina 315-315—630; 4. Eden Prairie 323-313—636; 5. Lakeville South 325-312—637; 6. White Bear Lake 325-315—640; 7. Rochester Century 326-320—646; 8. Hastings 317-334——651; 9. River Falls 326-326—652; 10, tie, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 328-328—656 and Moorhead 337-319—656; 12. Holy Family 333-325—658; 13. Stillwater 315-345—660; 14. Hopkins 333-328—661; 15. Detroit Lakes 332-330—662; 16. Simley 329-336—665; 17. Providence Academy 334-332—666; 18. Forest Lake 345-324—669; 19. Minnetonka 337-348—685; 20. Owatonna-340-350—690; 21. Alexandria 354-342—696; 22. Chanhassen 348-350—698; 23. Bloomington Jefferson 350-352—702; 24. Rogers 358-384—742.
Stillwater results (par 72)
Parker Anderson 75-86—161, Sammy Sicard 79-84—163, Evan Anderson 79-85—164, John LeClair 82-88—170, Crosby Joy 92-x—92 and Joe Sorenson x-90—90. Medalist — Freddy Thomas (Lakeville North) 77-72—149.
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