By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
St. Michael-Albertville golfer Ryan Swenson’s round of 151 on May 30 at Grand National Hinckley qualified him for the individual boys’ state tournament at Bunker Hills on June 11-12.
Joined by senior teammates Zac and Matt Borgen, Swenson found himself only three strokes from the lead, firing an opening-day round of 75. The Borgen’s also qualified for day two each firing a 79.
Swenson would end up in a four-way tie on the leader board for fourth place after firing a day-two total of 76. Zac Borgen matched Swenson’s 76, but finished 18th overall with a 155. Matt Borgen finished 29th overall shooting a 159.
“All three players played well at sections,” said boys’ head coach Mike Fore.
A year ago, the STMA boys also sent three golfers to last year’s individual finals, but seniors Brock Green, Tanner Martin and Erik Waldeland failed to qualify for state.
Swenson joins Waldeland (2011) as the only two Knights boys’ golfer to ever qualify for the state tournament.
“Ryan has been consistent all year with a very good short game going right now,” Fore said. “His short game and shot off the tee should help him at state. He has worked hard at his game and deserves his success.”
A year removed from becoming the first STMA girls’ golfer to qualify for state, senior Kylie Slavin shot a two-day total of 182, good for 25th place and fellow senior Prisca Engelmann finished 20th with a two-day score of 174. Both scores missed the 166 cut to qualify for state.
Slavin is coming off a 93rd place finish a year ago at Bunker Hills. Engelmann qualified for the section finals in only her first year as a varsity player.
“Both girls had an awesome season. It just wasn’t their day,” said girls’ head coach Mitch Harmoning. “I told both girls that one round doesn’t define their career. Both were all-conference golfers and Kylie leaves with seven school records.”