2012 State Golf memories for Richmond, Swanson

Braham’s Caitlin Richmond and Cambridge-Isanti’s Matt Swanson challenged the courses and fields at their respective State Golf tourneys last week. Richmond ended up tied for 41st in Class A Girls, while Swanson tied for 20th among Class AAA boys.

Braham’s Caitlin Richmond deftly sent a chip toward the No. 1 green on Pebble Creek’s White course while competing in the Class A girls golf tourney June 13. Photo by Greg Hunt

It was the second-straight spring that Richmond qualified for State for the Bombers. She ran into trouble on Day 1 on June 12 at Pebble Creek GC in Becker where she posted a 104. But Richmond battled back by dropping 14 strokes on Day 2 to close with a 90.

“Well, I played really badly on the first day. Going back on Wednesday, I came in with the attitude that I had nothing to lose and just tried to have some fun out there,” analyzed the Braham sophomore who will be taking part in the Purple Hawk’s MGA team this summer. “I started off better on Day 2 by parring the first two holes and saving a bogey on Hole 3. As a whole, my drives were a lot better on Day 2.”

Legacy Christian out of Braham’s Section 4A ended up in 4th place in the team standings, led by meet medalist senior Rachel Gray at 161.

• Playing at Bunker Hills GC in a stacked “AAA”  boys field, C-I’s Swanson opened his first State tourney with a 43 on the West Side before coming back with a 37 on the back for an 80 June 12.  Matt also was able to drop strokes on Day 2 as he got down to a 74 which moved him from 41st place to the tie at 20th.

C-I sophomore Matt Swanson putting on Day 1 of the Class AAA State boys golf meet at Bunker Hills GC June 12. Swanson finished with a 74 on Day 2 to finish in 20th place at State. Photo by Bill Jones

“On Wednesday, Matt played well to open on the West Side again with a 39. He then heated up on the East side as he had three Birdies in a row as he rolled in a 12-footer on the par 3 No. 3, a 6-footer on the par 5 No. 4 and then a 3-footer on the par 4 No. 5.  He was attacking the pin on that back side,” described C-I Coach Mike Hennen. “He did a remarkable job mentally to come back from an opening 43 and then play the final 27 holes at 3 over par.”

Mississippi 8 partner Rogers was 4th and Forest Lake out of C-I’s Section 7AAA finished in 6th place among Class AAA boys teams where Moorhead earned its first State title.

– By Greg Hunt