Golf: Elk boys 7th at state; Butler placed 10th

John Butler lined up a putt on the way to a 75 on Wednesday at Bunker Hills. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

John Butler, always a solid shooter but seldom the Elk River leader during his three-year tenure, wound up just that as he closed his career at “state” on Wednesday.

Butler tied for 10th place with 149 while the Elks were a bit off their game overall and placed seventh in Class AA in the two-day event at Bunker Hills.

Chase Hahne closed a prolific Elk career with an unsatisfying 78-82. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Butler managed a 36-39-75 despite having trouble putting all day.  He had 74 on Tuesday.

“My driving and short game were on,” he said. “Most of the time I hit the fairway and green.”

Agreed coach Dave Conley:  “He missed a lot of putts but he hit the ball pretty good.”

Conley  grimaced as he mouthed the words, “Seventh place.”

“It was nice to get here,” he added, stressing the positive. “We did not play our best, but getting here is always fun for the kids.”

Elk junior Alex Kline placed  31st with 154 and senior Chase Hahne 49th with 160. Scores were a lot lower this year as Kline and Butler were 21st last year with the same 154.

Butler, moving up 11 slots from last year, was asked if this was his best tournament performance thus far.

“No, I’d say last year’s State Open, when I made the cut,” said Butler, who shot 74-75 in that event, also at Bunker. “But I’m really happy to get 10th.”

Butler led the Elks in their last three outings with 114 at the section, and 74 and 75 in the two days at state, while longtime No. 1 Hahne slumped a bit late in the season.

Kline shot 36-40-76 after opening with a 78. He had a bogey and double-bogey early — three-putting from five feet on the latter — but kept his head, two-putting for a par and then chipping for a birdie.

Alex Kline finished strong and placed 31st at state. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“I’m a lot more mature now,” said the junior in his third state tournament. “A couple years ago I’d be throwing things and swearing after doing that.”

Hahne, who tied for sixth last year with 147, never got untracked as he shot 78 Tuesday and 38-44-82 Wednesday.

The five-time all-NWSC golfer was not fretting about it but not pleased either.

“Nothing good at all,” Hahne said about his game. “That’s the way it goes. We have not played as well as we could this season and this just adds to it.”

The Elks’ No. 4, eighth-grader Garrett Turnacliff, shot 163.

 

 

Team scoring

 

1. Rogers ………………  299-293–592

Wayzata ……………. 301-291–592

3. Eden Prairie ……… 299-303–602

4. Moorhead …………. 303-309–612

5. Eastview …………… 309-308–617

6. Lakeville North …. 311-307–618

7. Elk River …………… 311-315–626

8. Cretin-DH …………. 323-326-649

 

Top 8 individuals

 

1. Max Kelly, Forest Lake ………. 70-73–143

2. McCabe Buege, Rogers ……. 72-72–144

3. Jon Dutoit, Chaska ………………73-73–146

Max Tylke, Eastview …………… 75-71–146

Tyler Lowenstein, Wayzata … 74-72–146

Ben Welle, Moorhead …………. 72-74–146

7. Jack Holmgren, Wayzata ……. 74-71–147

8. Drew Lynch, Stillwater ………… 72-77–148

 

Elk River players

 

10. (tie) John Butler ……………….. 74-75–149

31. (tie) Alex Kline …………………. 78-76–154

49. (tie) Chase Hahne …………… 78-82–160

60. (tie) Garrett Turnacliff ………. 81-82–163

83. Sawyer Springman ………….. 83-88–171

85. (tie) Cooper Bleyhl ………….. 91-83–174

 

 

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