COON RAPIDS — Brainerd’s Jenny Muesing was one of three golfers tied for 17th place following the opening round of the Class 3A girls state tournament Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course.
The sophomore shot an 83 (41 on the front, 42 on the back).
“I was really happy with how I played today,” Muesing said. “I played more consistently than I have been. My drives were working well. It was nice to be able to go for the greens in regulation.
“My drives and irons were working pretty well. If anything I was having a little bit of trouble with my close chipping and some putts.”
Warrior girls coach Brian Stark was impressed with Muesing’s composure in her first state appearance.
“The first hole, obviously, she was nervous there,” he said, “but she didn’t let that get to her. She teed off down the middle and played very steady her whole round.
“She had one double on the back side. That was her only pickup for the day. She had pars and bogeys, just a real solid round for her first time at the state tournament.
“How she played and handled herself out there today was absolutely amazing.”
In the boys 3A tournament, Brainerd’s Michael Foley was one of nine golfers tied at 78. Teammate Tommy Olson was one of seven tied for 34th with 79s.
“They both played really hard,” Warrior boys coach Brian Wallace said. “Both had a great time being here. They’re just enjoying themselves. They’re a little disappointed with their overall scores. Big picture — they’re right in there with most of the other players, and they should feel good about it.”
Foley said he had a rough day.
“There were a lot of tough pins,” he said. “I hit the ball OK. I just got unlucky on some greens, there were a lot of subtle breaks today. I didn’t read many putts right.
“Overall, I just tried to grind it out, finish as strong as possible, make a few birdies when I could. I just came up a little short. (Wednesday’s) a new day. I have nothing to lose.”
Foley is nine shots behind first-rounder leader Jon Dutoit of Chaska, who fired a 69.
“He’s a very good player,” Foley said. “I played with him quite a few times in junior section stuff. I felt like I could have played a lot better and put myself in better position, but 78 is not totally out of it.
“I’m definitely going to have to play well (Wednesday) to put myself in position to finish well, and I think I can absolutely do it. I’m still hitting the ball pretty well. I hit some wayward tee shots, but overall it was a fairly good day.”
Olson said he struggled with his drives.
“I didn’t stick it off the tee too well and that cost me a little bit,” he said. “It could have been a lot better, definitely, but it was just a lot of fun. I hit it not too good, but I can’t really be down on myself.”
Class 3A Boys Individual Results
1-Jon Dutoit, Chaska, 69
25-(tie) Michael Foley, Brainerd, 78
34-(tie) Tommy Olson, Brainerd, 79
Class 3A Girls Individual Results
1-McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, 69
17-(tie) Jenny Muesing, Brainerd, 83
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