The Rogers Royals boys golf team will be a Class 3A state championship contender again Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills, without their biggest rival the past two years, Wayzata, on hand.
The Royals shared the state crown with Wayzata last year and finished second behind the Trojans the year before, but Wayzata didn’t make it back this year, with Minnetonka beating them out in Section 6AAA.
No. 3 ranked Rogers and No. 6 Moorhead are the only teams back from the 2011 field. Rogers is actually the highest ranked team in the field as No. 1 Lakeville North was beaten by Rochester Century and No. 2 Eden Prairie was beaten by No. 4 Chanhassen in their sectionals.
Along with Rogers, Minnetonka, Rochester Century, Chanhassen, and Moorhead, the state field includes No. 9 Eagan, No. 10 Roseville Area, and unranked Forest Lake.
(Rankings compiled by the coaches association are based on season stroke averages).
Rogers has two of the top ten ranked individuals in No. 3 Corey Muenzhuber (71.8) and No. 9 Jordan Rykal (73.7), both seniors. Max Rosenhal of Eden Prairie is first (70.45) and Freddy Thomas of Lakeville North second (70.6).
Muenzhuber and Rykal, who tied for 10th individually at state last year, are joined in the Royals top four by junior Morgan Rask and senior Zach Hnath.
Last year’s individual sate champion, Forest Lake junior Max Kelly, is back.
The boys will start teeing off at 11:40 a.m.