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Woodbury golf: Royals' Myers swings into state tournament

Woodbury senior Mike Myers walks the final hole of the section tournament with Royals head coach Mike Anderson. Myers shot a 155 two-day score to qualify for state.1 / 3
Woodbury senior Katie Moore tees off during the second day of the section tournament on Friday at Bunker Hills.2 / 3
Woodbury senior Tom Swedenborg tries to sink a putt at the second day of the section tournament at Bunker Hills last week.3 / 3

Woodbury senior Mike Myers saved his best for last.

Myers shot a 2-over par 74 on the second day of the two-day Section 3AAA golf championship to help him earn a trip to the state tournament.

After carding an 81 on the first day of sections, held May 28, at Goodrich Golf Course in Maplewood, Myers started the second day hot, shooting a 1-under par 35 on the front nine at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, on the way to his 74 on the day. In all, Myers scored a 155 two-day total to reach state.

In the two-day section tournament, the top five teams advance to the second day along with the top 10 individuals not from the top five teams. On day two, the top team and the top five individuals not on the section championship club qualify for the state tournament.

In the 12-team Section 3AAA tournament, the Woodbury boys finished in fifth place on the first day with a total score of 313 at Goodrich Golf Course last Tuesday to reach the second day as a team.

Junior Anthony Mahady led the way for the Royals on the first day by carding a birdie on the final hole to shoot an impressive 74, and was only three strokes back from the day's medalists. Freshman Justin Tschida followed up Mahady with a 78 for the Royals' second best score on the day. Woodbury also used junior Nick Sheak's 80 and Myers' 81 on day No. 1. After the round, the Royals were just 10 strokes behind the top team, Hastings.

On the second day, Friday, May 31 at Bunker Hills, Woodbury turned in the third-best score as a team, a 330, to finish in third place overall with a 646 two-day total. In addition to Myers' 74, Woodbury got an 80 from Sheak, an 81 from Tschida and an 82 from senior Thomas Swedenborg.

In the girls tournament, Woodbury finished in sixth place on the first day of sections, held at Phalen Golf Course, with a 355 score - just six strokes back of the cut (fifth-place Apple Valley's 349). Four members of the Royals moved on to the second day of sections - senior Katie Moore, freshmen Jessie Caron and Annemarie Fisher and junior Kailey Hakes.

Fisher and Hakes had the Royals' top score on the first day with matching 87's. Moore, who was a state entrant last year, shot an 88 on the first day, while Caron carded a 93. However, the Woodbury golfers were unable to finish in the top five after the second round at Bunker Hills.

Last year, Moore was the Woodbury girls team's lone golfer to qualify for the state tournament, shooting a two-day, 36-hole 161 at sections. She then went on to finish in 37th place out of 88 competitors at state.

Overall, both the boys and girls Section 3AAA champions needed to be decided by rulings by the Minnesota State High School League and Minnesota Golf Association. Ultimately, the Eagan girls and Hastings boys were crowned as champions. The girls tournament came down to a tie-breaker between East Ridge and Eagan - the teams' fifth-best individual score - after the two teams turned in identical two-day, four-player scores of 684. In the boys tournament, it was discovered a player from Hastings signed an incorrect scorecard and a decision needed to be made whether or not to disqualify that player. If he was disqualified, East Ridge - which shot 620 (303-315) as a team - would've won the section title, but if not, Hastings - which shot 618 (306-314) - would be named the champion. The ruling was made to allow the player's score and the Raiders advanced to state.

The Woodbury girls graduate two seniors - Moore and Alexandria Haces - while the boys lose nine seniors: Myers, Swedenborg, Alex Hochstetler, David Khazanovich, John Pape, Zachary Schafer, Ben Smith, Charlie Snyder and Joey Weeker.