Cordell Weber 2nd, Pfingsten 5th at state
Martin County West’s Cordell Weber and Fairmont’s Mitch Pfingsten exited the Pebble Creek and Ridges @ Sand Creek golf courses, respectively, with top five state medals draped around their necks on Wednesday.
Weber made a bid for his second Class A state golf championship by carding an 18-hole round of 36-38-74 – 2-over-par – during Day 2 action on the Becker-based golf course.
The left-handed Weber connected for birdies on the White Course’s Nos. 5, 9 and 11 to close with a two-day total of 151 to capture second place behind Mound Park Academy eighth-grader Brock Bliese.
Bliese fired back-to-back 38s on Tuesday before penciling in a 35-39-74 on Wednesday to capture the Class A boys state crown with a 150.
“The same thing happened in 2012, only I was on the other side of the one-shot difference,” said a disappointed Weber. “Shooting a 77 (Tuesday) was frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“I can’t worry about that score for too long as I have more invites to play and bigger tournaments to qualify for this summer.”
While Cordell Weber captured the silver medal in the Class A boys state tourney, his sophomore sibling earned a two-way tie for 11th place overall in girls’ event at Pebble Creek in Becker.
After generating a 43-46-89 on Day 1, Martin County West’s Logan Weber pared two strokes off her second round – 45-42-87 – to finish with a 176 to match Legacy Christian Academy freshman Kayla Ruf on the two-day event.
“She played awesome, especially considering the fact that she (Logan) had elbow surgery just before the season started this spring,” said Cordell Weber.
Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain sophomore Michael Dallager closed out his Class A state golf debut by firing a 50-45-95 on Wednesday to net 78th place overall with a two-round score of 196.
In the Class AA state meet in Jordan, Pfingsten penciled in an even-par round of 34-38-72 at the Ridges @ Sand Creek course to finish only two shots away from a state championship.
Pfingsten, who returned to the tee box after a two-year hiatus from the sport, earned a share of fifth place with Fergus Falls’ Chris Swenson via a two-day total of 146.
“After opening with a 38 on the back nine, I got hot and made some bombs, including three 20-footers (putts) in a row on Nos. 2, 3 and 4,” said Pfingsten, who finished with five birdies on the day, including ones on Nos. 1 and 14. “I really thought I had a chance to win it (state title), but I came up a little short.
“I’m pretty happy with placing as high as I did though after playing baseball the last two seasons instead of golfing.”
Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl’s Andrew Sederlund, Mankato East’s Carter Haley and Staples-Motley’s Andrew Israelson tied for the Class AA state boys crown with 144s, while Triton’s Jaden Thiemann fired a 145 to net fourth overall.
In the Class AA girls state meet, Fairmont junior Emily Kim and Blue Earth Area sophomore Natali Fellows each lowered their marks from Day 1 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd place overall.
Kim, who opened with a 43-48-91, fired a 43-45-88 on Wednesday to close with a two-day total of 179. Fellows, who carded an opening-day 48-45-93, recorded back-to-back 43s for an 86 en route to her tournament total of 179.
Detroit Lakes sophomore sensation Katie Smith matched Pequot Lakes junior Maggie Heggerston with a two-round mark of 73-70-143 to share the individual state crown.
Smith, who also guided Detroit Lakes to the Class AA state championship via an incredible two-day team total of 590, captured her third consecutive state gold medal.