Only days after the green grass sprouted through the ground, several golf teams were in action late last week.
Among the action was the prestigious Tri-State Invitational played at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park April 26-27.
The tournament bought 130 players from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota together.
Andover junior Sam Steinwand tied for 12th place and his coach John Anderson said if it wasn’t for a triple bogey, Steinwand would’ve had a top-10 finish in the season-opener.
Anderson said, similar to every other high school program was limited in outdoor time. Andover took in a half-dozen trips to the driving range at Bunker Hills Golf Course in addition to nine-holes at Rum River and another nine-holes at the executive course at Bunker.
Spring Lake Park sophomore Pete Sienko tied for 20th (156) and
Anoka junior Max Savini tied for 28th (158).
Sienko’s coach Will Wackman said his ball striking was on track but the short game is what gave him some trouble, which is to be expected early on. “He proved he can play with the best players in the state and that should give him confidence throughout the rest of the year,” Wackman said.
Minnetonka won the team title with matching 302 scores over the two-day tournament, 19 strokes ahead of Wayzata and 26 strokes clear of third-place Chanhassen. Rochester Century junior Chris Captain earned medalist honors with rounds of 71 an 68 strokes or six shots clear of Minnetonka’s Jacob Wilson.