Boerboom only golf survivor
When the final putt settled gently into the cup and the dust cleared from a busy two-days of golfing, Minneota's only survivor was sophomore Nolan Boerboom.
And even he had to do some fancy golfing to earn his second straight trip to the state golf meet.
Boerboom shrugged off a miserable 88 a week earlier, shot an 82 and with a two-day total of 170 earned the fifth and final indiividual honor into next week's State Class A Boys Touranment at Becker.
He did lead his boys team to second place with a total of 717, with Lac qui Parle Valley expanding the 16-stroke lead it had coming into the final day to win by 28 with a total of 689.
Minneota's best girl golfer, Brooklynn Downing, nearly made it — but was two strokes off the pace. Her 187 was edged by Abi Morris of Canby at 185 and she had to settle for sixth place.
The Minneota girls finished way off the pace with Lac qui Parle Valley winning with a 676 with Brooten-Belgrade Elrosa in second at 741 and Minneota third at 809.
As for Boerboom, he was trying to rebound from a bad hole last week when he recorded a nine on that hole. When he approached the same hole this time, he did it with caution.
"It was a bad hole last year and I wasn't going there again this week," said Boerboom.
"I hit more greens and I was able to two-putt and get away with a par."
He had some ground to make up, but came in with an 82 and made his bid for state.
"I knew if I had a normal day, I would be close. I didn't have a great day, but I made it," he said.
For Boerboom, "Last year was my trial run at it (state), so maybe I can be in contention for some medals this year," he said.
He was also happy to see his average go down for the year. "Yeah, my average for the whole year was down, so it was nice to see it pay off for the year," Boerboom said.
While he was excited about the boys' future after finishing second, he said, "The first day bit us all."
While they couldn't rebound, the Minneota boys did finish in second place.
Final Section 5A Boys scores:
1. Lac qui Parle Valley 589; Minneota 717; 3. Lakeview 739; 4. Yellow Medicine East 754.
Medalist: Harrison Patzer, LqPV, 150.
Minneota: Boerboom 170; Mitchell Rost 181; Lucas Bot 182; Tyler Myhre 188. Others: TJ Esping 189; Cole Myhre 200.
Girls Final Section 5A Scores:
1. Lac qui Parle Valley 676; 2. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 741; 3. Minneota 809; 4. Benson 841.
Medalist: Rachel Halvorson, LqPV 157.
Minneota: Brooklynn Downing 187; Carolyn Hoffmann 196; Laura Knutson 214; 4. Lauren Bowyer 215. Others: Allison Citterman 221; Natalie Bot 271.