Brenden Jore

Prior Lake junior Brenden Jore tries to sink a putt in the second round of the Section 2AAA tournament June 3 at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course.

The Prior Lake boys golf team needed more birdies and pars in the final round of the Section 2AAA tournament June 3.

The Lakers had five players qualify for the final round and only one was able to break 80. Senior Carter Taney shot a 79 for Prior Lake at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

The winning team makes state, along with the top five individuals not on the advancing squad. For the seventh straight spring, the Lakers will be left out of the state party.

Prior Lake was sixth in the team standings after the first round with a 310 total. The top four teams qualify for the second, while 19 other individuals made it who were not on those four squads.

Taney finished with a 36-hole total of 157 after shooting a 78 in the first round May 29. Junior Brenden Jore also had 157 total with rounds of 77 and 80.

Sophomore Fred Moede finished with a 36-hole total of 159, shooting 77 and 82. Senior Matt Peterson finished at 162 (78-84), while senior Connor Hofslein had 163 (79-84).

Prior Lake won the Section 2AAA team crown in 2010, taking fifth at the state competition that season. The team had individual state qualifiers the next two seasons, but has had none since 2012.

Section 2AAA is loaded with the likes of Waconia, Minnetonka, Chaska, Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. It's not easy to get to state in that very tough field.

Waconia defended its title with 36-hole team total of 596 (287 and 309), while Chaska was second with 605 (287 and 318) and Mankato West was third with 607 (298 and 309). Eden Prairie ended up fourth at 609 (299 and 310).

Waconia's Connor Glynn won the section individual crown with a 36-hole total of 140 (68-72).

The five individual state qualifiers were Jack Johnson of Chaska (141), Carson Herron of Minnetonka (145), Matt Armstrong of Eden Prairie (146), Owen Bjork of Mankato West (146) and Leo Gellert of Mankato West (147).

The Class 3A state tournament is June 11-12 at its annual site, Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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