Year in Review 2011: Barnhart finishes prep golf career at state tournament
For Park's Jack Barnhart it was a fitting ending.
In 2011, Barnhart signed off on his high school years at the Class AAA boys golf state championship, held June 14-15 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Barnhart played varsity golf for the Wolfpack for six years.
"Walking up to that last hole I was just thinking about all the good times I've had the last six years," Barnhart said after the state match. "It's crazy how time flies. It really made me happy to get to state so I could finish it here. This is one of the greatest times I've had in my life. I love state. It's just an amazing experience."
At state, Barnhart finished in a tie for 66th overall with a two-day 164. Forest Lake sophomore Max Kelly won the state championship with a 143. Rogers and Wayzata tied for the team title with matching scores of 592. Barnhart's tournament included a first-day 86 and second-day 78. His best nine-hole score was a 36, which he shot on the first nine of day No. 2.
It was Barnhart's first trip to state since he helped Park win the state championship as a freshman.
In 2008, Park shot a 597 to win the Class AAA state tournament by seven strokes over second-place Edina. Park shot a 295 on the second day, to finish ahead of the second place Hornets, who shot a 302 on day No. 2 and a 604 total.
That year, as a freshman, Barnhart tied for 40th overall, shooting rounds of 38, 40, 39 and 41 to card the Wolfpack's third-best score of the tournament.
"I'd say that was definitely the biggest part of my high school golf career," Barnhart said. "Because it was with my brother (Bill Barnhart) and my cousin (Jake Miller) too. It meant a lot to win state with my family."
Barnhart earned a return trip to state this past year by taking third place in the Section 3AAA championship with a two-day, 36-hole 154 at Bunker Hills on June 2.