Swanson shoots way to State

C-I sophomore Matt Swanson shot rounds of 70 and 74 to place 2nd in the Section 7AAA Boys Golf standings, earning his first trip to State. Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti sophomore Matt Swanson earned his first trip to State by firing an excellent 70-74=144 two-day total at the Section 7AAA Tourney, good for 2nd place overall.  Swanson will next compete in the Class AAA boys golf meet June 12-13 at Bunker Hills GC in Coon Rapids.

Max Kelly of Forest Lake fired a 142 (2-under) took the individual title, leading the Rangers to the team championship with a 595 total to hold off Andover (611) and the Bluejackets (625) on Grand National GC of Hinckley.

“Matt was the Day One leader and actually was leading Max by 2 strokes after 27 holes on May 31, but a double bogey on 15 and a 3-putt bogey on 17 carded Matt a 39 on the back nine as Max fired a 1-under 35,” replayed C-I Coach Mike Hennen. “Matt hit the ball extremely well both days. I think he hit all but one green in regulation and had numerous tap in pars in his final round, but just couldn’t get the putts to drop for birdies.  Matt handled the pressure like a seasoned veteran and played his game all day long.”

Freshman Nate Cox smoked this fairway hybrid to reach the par-5 No. 7 green in two during his May 31 round of 80 in the Section 7AAA boys tourney.

Freshman Nate Cox and senior Jared Knutson shot the Bluejackets’ next-lowest rounds of 80 on Day 2. Also competing for the Bluejackets were seniors Reggie Martin (81), Jonah Poppen (84) and Austin Galligan (87).

“I was blessed with some seniors that always believed that we could be not only good– but very good,” added Coach Hennen. “This year they finished 2nd to defending State champ Rogers in the Mississippi 8 and made it back to the second day of sections in a very deep and talented section.”

• For the C-I girlsreturning to Day 2 of sections on May 31, Emily Sunderman concluded her high school golf with a career-low round of 85. Added to the 90 she shot the first day gave her a total of 175 which was good for 14th place overall. Leah Schoenecker shot a 90 for a total of 178 (16th), and Alyssa Rapp finished with a 94 to total 184 (22nd).

Senior Emily Sunderman finished with a career-low 85 for 14th place overall.

“This was a record setting year for the Lady Bluejackets. We not only broke the school scoring record once, we bettered it 3 times concluding with a 365 at the section tourney,” noted C-I Coach Steven Hanson. “The old record of 382 was shot in 1986 when that team won the Section title and advanced to the State Tournament. The 2012 team also won a conference meet for the first time in many years by shooting a nine-hole record score of 176 at Monticello.

“Sadly, this was the final year for five of the top seven players as the following are all seniors: Megan Hallstrom, Brittany Minar, Alyssa Rapp, Leah Schoenecker and Emily Sunderman. These girls will be greatly missed, as they have been a major portion of the team for the past four years.”