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Park golf: Wolfpack's swing at state ends at section tournament

Park junior Anna Keys finishes a hole at the second day of the Section 3AAA golf tournament at Bunker Hills on Friday, May 31.

The Park boys and girls golf teams' seasons came to an end at the Section 3AAA tournament as the Wolfpack wasn't able to advance a golfer to the state tournament.

In the two-day section tournament, the top five teams advance to the second day along with the top 10 individuals not from the top five teams. On day two, the top team and the top five individuals not on the section championship club qualify for the state tournament.

In the 12-team Section 3AAA tournament, the Park boys finished in 10th place with a total score of 348 at Goodrich Golf Course last Tuesday, 35 strokes back of the cut. Woodbury finished in fifth on the first day with a 313. None of the Wolfpack boys were able to move on to the second day.

In the girls tournament, Park finished in seventh place on the first day of sections, held Tuesday, May 38, at Phalen Golf Course, with a 374 score - 25 strokes back of fifth-place Apple Valley (349). Three members of the Wolfpack moved on to the second day of sections - junior Anna Keys and a pair of freshmen, Lexi Hofstetter and Annika Hein. Keys, who was a state entrant last year, shot an 81 on the first day to lead Park. Hofstetter shot a 90 and Hein carded a 93. However, the Park golfers were unable to finish in the top five after the second round, held at Bunker Hills Golf Club on Friday, May 31.

Last year, Keys took eighth place overall at the section meet to earn a trip to state, then went on to take 29th place out of 88 competitors in the Class AAA State Tournament.

Overall, both the boys and girls Section 3AAA champions needed to be decided by rulings by the Minnesota State High School League and Minnesota Golf Association. Ultimately, the Eagan girls and Hastings boys were crowned as champions. The girls tournament came down to a tie-breaker between East Ridge and Eagan - the teams' fifth-best individual score - after the two teams turned in identical two-day, four-player scores of 684. In the boys tournament, it was discovered a player from Hastings signed an incorrect scorecard and a decision needed to be made whether or not to disqualify that player. If he was disqualified, East Ridge - which shot 620 (303-315) as a team - would've won the section title, but if not, Hastings - which shot 618 (306-314) - would be named the champion. The ruling was made to allow his score and the Raiders advanced to state.

The Park girls graduate just one senior, Greta Tank, while the boys say good-bye to six seniors - Chris Peterson, Evan Karels, Jordan Gollner, Roger Atkinson, Ryan Olson and Samuel Pines.