East’s Walker Reyes 2nd after day 1 at State Golf Tournament

Mankato Times

COON RAPIDS, MINN. — Mankato East High School junior Walker Reyes is tied for 2nd and Carson Haley is tied for 36th after day one at the Minnesota State Class AAA golf tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

Reyes is tied with Eastview junior William Frazier, both carding a 70 on opening day action. They are two strokes behind Wayzata senior Tristan Nelko who shot a four-under 68. Carson Haley is 9 stokes back after shooting a 77 on the opening day, good enough for 36th place.

Alexandria Area, which finished seventh in the eight-team race in 2017, has a three stroke lead with one round to play. The Cardinals compiled a 294, three strokes better than Maple Grove at 297. St. Thomas Academy is in third place after one round with a 301. 

Boys Class AA

St. Peter’s Carter Dose and New Ulm High School’s Glavine Schugel shot 74 and are tied for 7th place, 5 strokes behind Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks High School who carded a 69 at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan during opening round play.

Other area golfers in the tournament include: Manning Lane, Blue Earth Area H.S., 75; Andrew Hoppee, Maple River, 78; Hunter Spencer, Blue Earth Area, 79; Gaven Bruellman, Blue Earth Area 81; Kendall Nicolai St. Peter, 82; Braden Gudahl, Blue Earth Area 85; Ashton Lloyd, Blue Earth Area, 92; Caleb Beeler, Blue Earth Area, 104.

Blue Earth Area High School shot a 320 in team play, 15 strokes behind the leader Detroit Lakes High School

Girls Class AA

St. Clair – Loyola junior Claire Orcutt shot an opening round 119 and is tied for 10th at the girls class AA Minnesota State golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Sophia Yoemans of Red Wing High School leads the field carding a 97. New Ulm High School sophomore Abbey Frauenholtz carded a 121.

Boys Class A

In the Class A competition at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Bethlehem Academy junior Khrystian Petersen fired a four-under par 72 to build a three-stroke lead after the first round. Petersen, who tied for seventh during the 2017 tournament, made the turn in 32 and then compiled a 36 on his second nine. 

Sleepy Eye United senior Ben Laffen is three shots back at 71. He was two strokes off Petersen’s pace following the first nine holes. Laffen was fourth during the 2017 tournament. Heritage Christian Academy junior Kurt Lambert is in third place with a 74. There is a four-way tie for fourth place, with all players carding a 75. They are: Dawson-Boyd senior Tyler Lund, Minnesota Valley Lutheran senior Sam Pfingsten, Minneota sophomore Nolan Boerboom and Pine River-Backus sophomore Brady Raph. 

Laffen’s round spurred Sleepy Eye United to the team lead along with Mounds Park Academy. Both schools had four-golfer scores of 325. North Woods was three shots back at 328.

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