Sean Halverson thrust himself into an elite group with a scorching five-day span on three Central Minnesota golf courses.
The round that piqued everyone's attention was Halverson's 2-under-par-70, which earned him medalist honors, in a Central Lakes Conference meet April 21 at Wapicada Golf Course in Sauk Rapids.
"It's pretty incredible to see a high school kid break par, period, regardless of the course or the weather conditions," Warriors coach Brian Wallace said. "To be able to keep it together when you know you're playing well, and not let the mental side of things creep in and ruin your score, that's the difference between a good player and a great player, to not think about how well you're doing, not let that be the spoiler."
Halverson said the key at Wapicada was that he hit the ball fairly well.
"Other than that my putting was outstanding," he said. "I just putted really well.
"I was trying not to think about (the score). I just tried to take one shot at a time. I didn't want to get caught up in it."
Two days later he shot 72 and captured medalist honors in the Pequot Lakes Invite at the Preserve.
"The Preserve plays harder than Wapicada does," Wallace said. "The greens were very fast, it was very windy. To be able to be head and shoulders above anybody else on that kind of day shows the quality of player he's become."
Halverson said he got off to a bad start at the Preserve.
Weight: 165 pounds
Other sports: Hockey
Career highlight: Shooting 2-under-par at Wapicada
Grade-point average: 3.8
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
Hobbies: Golfing, being with friends
Future plans: Play college golf
Golfer he admires: Phil Mickelson
Parents: Chuck Halverson and Lisa Segler
"I was 3-over after five holes," he said. "I just had to keep with it. I made a few birdies, then I made a bunch of pars coming in, and another birdie to finish."
On April 18, Halverson shot 78 and finished second in the Patriot Invite at the Preserve.
The three meets vaulted Halverson into fourth place in the Class 3A rankings with a 73.9 average. The average is determined by a golfer's four best scores in his last six meets.
"That really is saying something at this point," Wallace said of the ranking. "I hope he continues on that path. He's playing great right now. He needs to do that a month from now, and I think he has a great shot to do that."
Halverson is a course rat, one who works constantly on his game. He also plays year round.
"His work ethic and approach to the game has really been the difference for him," Wallace said. "He puts in an amazing amount of time and plays in just a bunch of tournaments during the summer. That's another reason why he is where he's at."
Halverson credits Cragun's pro Brian Erickson for helping elevate his game.
""He's phenomenal," Halverson said. "I've been working with him since I was a kid. He always seems to find my flaws and tells me what to work on. He's a great teacher."
Other notable efforts:
• The boys' 4x200 relay of Colby Ring, Alex Rahn, Dan Lauer and T.J. Struss won the Hamline Elite meet.
• Cody Stange and Nate Smolke, baseball, each had 8 hits in the Princeton tournament.
• Morgan Salo, Jordan Shiltz, Jordan Goos, tennis, went 3-0 at the Moorhead tournament.
• Corey Kuglin-Nate Henningson, Michael Ruen-Jared Anderson, Garth Askegaard-Chris Rud, tennis, went 3-0 in the Moorhead tournament.
• Steph Lambrecht, softball, hit two home runs and had four RBIs against Little Falls.
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