Golf: Rogers tied for lead at state midpoint, Elks tied for 6th

Elk eighth-grader Garrett Turnacliffe sprayed sand as he hit from a bunker. (Photo by Bill Jones)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Rogers Royals are tied for first place with Eden Prairie in team standings while McCabe Buege is two shots from the individual lead, at the midpoint of the state golf tournament.

Meanwhile, the Elk River boys are tied for sixth place.

Rogers senior McCabe Buege is two shots from the lead with 72. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Rogers and Eden Prairie lead a tight Class AAA race with 299′s, followed by two-time defending champion Wayzata at 301 and Moorhead at 303, at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Following are Eastview 309, Elk River and Lakeville North with 311′s, and Cretin-Derham Hall with 323.

Buege shot 35-37-72 and is one of four players tied for third behind Forest Lake’s Max Kelly (34-36-70) and Stillwater Area’s Drew Lynch (33-38-71).

Buege was four-under-par after 12 holes before going double-bogey twice after drives went awry — one he had to do over, the other landing on rocks by a pond.  His game was otherwise solid.

Rogers also has Morgan Rask tied for 22nd with 38-37-75 — with three bogies and 15 pars — while Corey Muenzhuber (39-37-76) and Jordan Rykal (38-38-76) are tied for 26th. Their other scores were Phil Ballard 37-43-80 and Zach Hnath 40-43-83.

“I was proud of the boys for shooting well under pressure today, and that they were not happy after being tied for first place at state,” said coach Dave Bursheim, contacted a couple hours later at Fox Hollow, their home course. “The felt they gave away a couple shots toward the end, and a couple of them went to Fox Hollow to work on some things, after playing 18 at Bunker.”

Zach Hnath of Rogers launched an approach shot. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Co-leader Eden Prairie is led by Sam Palmisano and Bennett Schroeder with 74′s, tied for 11th.

Elk River is led by John Butler with 36-38-74, tied for 11th place. Tied for 43rd are Alex Kline with 38-40-78 and Chase Hahne with 39-38-78.

Garrett Turnacliffe had the other counting score,  40-41-81. The other scores were Sawyer Springman 44-39-83 and Cooper Bleyhl 43-48-91.

The final 18 are slated for Wednesday, weather permitting. The Royals will tee off between 8:15 and 9:00 on the East 18 and the Elks will tee off at the same time on the East course.

John Butler of the Elks is tied for 11th after shooting 74 to lead his team. (Photo by Bill Jones)

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