Playing a tournament schedule against primarily Class 3A teams, and matched up with the state's top-ranked team, Waconia, in the Wright County Conference, it's sometimes easy to forget about Holy Family Catholic.
But as the post-season begins this week, on paper, the Fire may have what it takes to defend its 2018 boys golf state title.
Holy Family, with four players back from last year's state team, is ranked No. 7 among Class 2A teams. Only three teams from Section 5AA are among the top 50 in the state, the squad from Mound-Westonka likely the greatest threat to halting the Fire's run at sections.
"We had a bit of a slow start to the season compared to top 3A teams, but we're always on top against 2A teams. As the season continues and guys were getting more comfortable and confident in their games, it showed," Holy Family Catholic senior Cole Wilson said.
Recent rounds have showed the Fire shooting a 310 at Chaska Town Course, four players in the 70s led by Blake Stedronsky (75), Wilson (78) and Charlie Lindberg (79).
Sam McNulty, another state returnee, was one of three Fire players to score 76 in a recent round at the Class 2A state course, Ridges at Sand Creek.
Jake Bornhorst and Ben Reddan also give Holy Family Catholic top-four potential each round.
"Any of us can go low at any given time. We have four guys returning from our state championship team last year and two other solid players which definitely gives us an edge on the experience side," Wilson said. "In our last match of the year at the Chaska Invitational we played how we know we can play posting some great scores in tough conditions."
While Red Wing and Detroit Lakes are obvious picks in the post-season in Class 2A, don't count out Holy Family Catholic. Experience with big meets goes a long ways in June.
"Not being talked about a lot during the regular season definitely makes us hungry to repeat and bring the title back to Victoria!" Wilson added.
Section 5AA play dates are May 30 and June 3 at Pebble Creek in Becker.