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Brady Hanson, a 2013 graduate of East Ridge High School, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state golf tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids last spring. (Bulletin file photo)

2013 Year in Review: Hanson comes close to winning state golf title

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Brady Hanson was on target in 2013.

Hanson, a 2013 graduate of East Ridge High School, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state golf tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids last spring.

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“We made it our goal to win state,” Hanson said after the tournament. “Even though I didn’t do that, it feels good to come really close. I knew if I worked hard and put in the effort I could possibly do it. But, I feel like this is a big accomplishment.”

Hanson, who currently is playing college golf for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, shot a 2-over par 74 on the first day and an even-par 72 on the second day for his 146. Chanhassen senior Cody Seal won the state title with a 143. Seal shot a 73 on the first day and a 70 on day two. Four other players shot 146 to tie Hanson for second.

“Only one kid in the field played better the second day than Brady did and that kid won,” East Ridge head coach Brett Brookins said. “I think he’s a little heartbroken that he didn’t win, because he’s just so competitive. But, I think he should be happy with how he played.”

Hanson earned all-state honors last season for the Raptors.

Brookins has known Hanson, who was also a team-captain and all-conference award winner, since he was an eighth-grader at Woodbury Middle School. Brookins said Hanson was the “most consistent golfer” he saw play all year.

“He definitely has matured into not only an outstanding golfer, but a leader and a fine young man,” Brookins said. “It was a fun year and his finish at state was well-deserved. He’s worked really hard.”

Hanson qualified for the state tournament — his second straight — by winning won the Section 3AAA individual championship title.

Hanson said ending his high school career at the state meet was about the best way he could have imagined doing so.

“It was bittersweet, but it was probably the most fun I’ve had on the golf course,” Hanson said. “There were a bunch of people following me and walking the course with Brookins – it was a great way to end it.”

-Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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