Golf: East Ridge sends two to state championships
It was another beautiful day on the golf course as many golfers came back for Day 2 of the section tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
On Monday, East Ridge sent two individual golfers to the state tournament. Park had a couple golfers that finished close to the top five.
The East Ridge boys' team. along with the Park girls' team, were still competing for the one team spot at state. Both teams had some work to do to reach that goal, but it wasn't an impossible task.
The teams battled until the last hole, but the St. Thomas Academy boys and Simley girls each earned the top spots for teams.
East Ridge had a memorable day as the Raptors sent one boy and one girl to the individual state tournament.
Justin Luan kept going in and out on day two for individual qualification because it was a neck-and-neck day between him and a couple other golfers. Luan was able to come out on top after shooting 7-over-par over two rounds.
"I know the course well after playing on here the last couple of days, so I'm happy to be coming back next week," Luan said. "It's been a fun season with this group of golfers and they've taught me many things throughout the year."
It was a tight finish for Kyra Venne on the girls' side as well, but the Raptor was able to come back in the back nine to earn a spot in the individual standings. She shot 23-over-par and it was due to her back nine where she shot a 2-over-par to keep that close lead.
"I'm just really excited to have the opportunity to play next week," Venne said. "It's been a roller coaster of a couple of days, but I'm just glad I made the top five. It should be a fun week of golf next week."
The Park girls' team finished in fourth place and were 31 strokes off from Simley. The Wolfpack had Day 2 at sections as a goal for the season, so co-head coach Bay Shock was proud of the girls for reaching this goal.
Park's top finisher Carissa Oberding had a tough ending to her section tournament as she missed the top five by one stroke.
"I thought our girls played very strong these last couple days and it's great to see," Shock said. "Now, we need to build off of this finish and continue growing next year. Since we have most of our lineup back, we will have to focus on continuing to improve. It'll be a fun spring once again next year."
Andy Yang and Dalton Anderson each competed on Day 2 for the boys' side, but neither were able to place in the top five. Yang shot 16-over-par during the two days, while Anderson shot 18 over.
"I've had a great time at Park throughout my high school career," Yang said. "These teams become family each year and I'm just lucky to be a part of it each year. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this program next year and in future years."
The two East Ridge golfers will be heading back to Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Tuesday, June 11, for the first day of state golf. The boys will be teeing off early in the morning, while the girls start in the afternoon.
The second day of state golf will take place at the same place, Wednesday, June 12.