Another week means another state tournament, or two, for the Minnesota State High School League. A Steele County golfer earned the chance to play in the Class A state meet at Pebble Creek in Becker Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12.

Blooming Prairie sophomore Kollyn Alwes closed with a great second round 76 to zip up the Section 1A leader board and advance to state individually. He sliced nine strokes off his first-round score of 85 Coach Carl Peterson said, "The second day he just hit the ball awesome. The last nine holes he hit eight greens. He didn't actually putt that well. He had 18 shots and 18 putts on that last nine holes. He had a great ball strike. So it was fun to watch his game around at the right time."

Peterson likes the Pebble Creek course the state meet is held on, "It's a great place for high school kids to play golf. It's tough enough to tax them, yet it's not unfair where they have close out of bounds or anything like that. It's a little bit longer than we play most of the year." Peterson added that greens will be much bigger than Alwes has played during the season.

Alwes has seen the course before. Peterson said, "He has been up there before as part of the team a couple of years ago. He was just an eighth-grader and was probably our number five or six man on the team."

Peterson says the team peaked at the end of the season, finishing as the section runner-up behind Bethlehem Academy for the team title. He hopes that momentum, plus Alwes' second round 76 after his opening round 85, benefits him, "He just wants to be competitive and do the best that he can." Alwes gets a practice round Monday, June 10.

Blooming Prairie does not graduate any players off their team.

Alwes tees off at 8:42 am Tuesday, June 11. Round two for all golfers is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12. The AA meet is at Sand Creek in Jordan and the AAA competition is at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.




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