Three Eden Prairie High School golfers golfed last week’s state tournament.
Senior Matt Armstrong carded a two-day 152 to finish in a tie for 19th place. Freshmen Katelyn Zick and Emma Davies counted identical 165s and finished tied for 31st place.
“Matt was a little off,” said coach/father Ty Armstrong. “I think he just ran out of gas.”
Armstrong, a Mr. Golf finalist and Minnesota Open qualifier, had been carding his team’s low score all season.
“He’s had a great year,” said Armstrong.
In his fist nine at his first state tournament, he double-bogeyed the second hole and bogeyed the ninth. In between, he counted pars and birdies. He had one bogey and eight pars on the back.
Armstrong shot 75 on Day 1.
He carded a 77 on the second day. He doubled the first hole and finished the front nine with eight pars. On the back, he bogeyed the first five holes before finishing birdie, birdie, par, par.
As freshmen, Zick and Davies were experiencing their first state tournaments.
“They got their feet wet and did well,” said Eden Prairie coach Marty Teigen.
Zick, who was battling an illness, counted rounds of 81 and 84.
“She was consistent,” said Teigen. “Her nines were 41, 40, 43 and 41.”
Note: Zick counted two birdies, three pars and three bogeys on the eight par 3s.
While Davies finished with the same 185 total, she took a different path.
“She started out a little nervous,” said Teigen, “but her second nines were really good.”
On the fist day, Davies carded 44 and 39. On Day 2, she counted 44 and 38.
Over the two days, Davies counted one birdie and 17 pars.
“Birdies were hard to come by,” said Teigen.
The state tournament was played at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
The Chanhassen girls team, who competes in Section 2AAA along with Eden Prairie, won a state championship, carding a team low 627. They beat second-place Edina by 13 strokes.
Chanhassen counted scores from two juniors, one freshman and one senior.
“They’re going to be good again next year,” said Teigen, “so we have to get better.
“They can get better too,” he added, “but I think it’s easier for us to get better than it is for them to get better.”
Note: Eden Prairie’s section team counted scores from an eighth-grader, two freshmen and a sophomore.