The Rogers Royals, a big factor in state boys golf the last two years, earned another shot at the big prize with their third straight section championship Thursday.
The Royals took Section 5AAA with a 299 total at Bunker Hills with four players in the 70′s. Mounds View was runner-up with 304.
Corey Muenzhuber placed third with 71 and Jordan Rykal tied for fourth with 73. Behind those two senior stalwarts were junior Morgan Rask with 76 and senior Zach Hnath with 79.
Details provided by coach Dan Burshiem:
Muenzhuber bogied No.2 West (par 5), then parred every hole until making birdies on both par fives on the back nine East.
Rykal had a more adventurous day with four birdies, three bogies and one double. He hit only four fairways but put the driver away and used his strength and a 3 hybrid (instead of a driver) to navigate the rest of the round.
Rask was solid but for four bogies, two of them three-putts.
Hnath had some trouble but kept his head. He almost aced No. 16 and settled for a tap-in birdie, then drove 271 yards, over a pond, on No. 9 East but drained a 40-foot putt.
Rogers’ other scores were Kyle Korva’s 82 and Andy Suedbeck’s 86.
“I was proud of the boys as always,” said Bursheim. “Each team takes the personality from the previous year and adds their own touch to our program. This bunch is led by some seniors who’ve put years of effort, emotion and dedication into their golf games. To see them reach their goal of getting to the state tournament is very rewarding.”
Muenzhuber will make his fourth trip to state. He has placed second twice and fourth once at sectionals in his career and the team has qualified three times.
The Royals tied Wayzata for the state crown last year, and placed second behind the Trojans the year before.
The state tournament, also at Bunker Hills, will be held June 12-13.