In her first state tournament appearance, Jenny Muesing will take a 20th-place finish.
The Brainerd Warrior sophomore, who was 17th after the first round, ended up 20th following the final day of competition Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. She shot 44-41 Wednesday to finish with a 168 total.
“I just had a couple bad breaks on the back nine,” Muesing said. “I was hoping to score a little bit better than (Tuesday). I just didn’t get it all together today.
“I was really happy how the season went. I improved. All the hard work I put into it during the winter showed in how I played this season.”
Warrior girls coach Brian Stark said Muesing had a decent front nine where she shot the 41.
“She played like she did (Tuesday), she played it safe, but obviously she kept it together,” he said. “The back nine a few holes gave her trouble, She had a few bad breaks, but she didn’t let that affect her overall round. She put it behind her. She did a nice job after a few of those bumps in the road.”
Stark looks forward to Muesing playing two more seasons for the Warriors. She was the Central Lakes Conference season medalist and finished fourth in the Section 8-3A tournament.
“I think she will tell you this gives her something to work for to make it down here again next year,” Stark said.
“I was just really impressed with how she played all season,” he added. “How she handled herself at the state tournament was a fun thing to watch as a coach. I know her parents, obviously, were very proud of her, as I am. All the hard work she’s done, last summer and previous seasons, paid off. I’m really happy for her.”
In the boys tournament, Brainerd’s Tommy Olson finished tied for 31st with a 156 total. Teammate Michael Foley finished in a tie for 35th, one stroke behind Olson.
Olson shot 40-37 Wednesday.
“I started out bad,” he said. “I had five bogeys the first seven holes. I was just grinding the whole day. I had a good day on the back. I was starting to hit my 3 wood a lot on the back. I kept the ball in play more, and hit more greens.”
Foley shot 41-38 Wednesday to finish at 157.
“I ran into some trouble on the back nine,” he said. “I had a couple double-crosses that hurt me. The biggest thing both days was nothing was dropping for me. I had so many putts that just burned the edge, putts I thought were going to break and didn’t break. I can’t emphasize enough how hard it was for me to read the greens.
“I was extremely disappointed with today, but overall it was a great experience. I made some new friends that I really like so that’s good. It’s all about the experience overall, not just the sport. It’s one tournament. It doesn’t decide my future and career. This one’s in the books, and it’s on to the next one.”
Olson, who heads to the University of Minnesota this fall, said the state tournament experience was “awesome. It was a lot of fun to have that atmosphere and all the people there. It was just a great experience. It was just a privilege to be able to play in it.”
Foley will play at the University of Northern Iowa next season.
“It was great to make it here,” he said. “I had a good season. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I wanted to come to state, and I made it to state, we won the conference, and I was pretty consistent all year. Today was my highest round of the year, unfortunately. It gives me confidence heading into summer. I hope to improve a lot over the summer and I’m really excited to play at the college level.”
Class 3A Girls
1-Celia Kuenster (Cretin-Derham Hall) 141
20-Jenny Muesing (Brd) 168
Class 3A Boys
1-Ben Welle (Moorhead) 142
31-tie-Tommy Olson (Brd) 156
35-tie-Michael Foley (Brd) 157