Even when he plays "not so hot" Tyler Monda still wins.
Monda made it three-for-three this season as he shot a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday at Grand View Lodge's The Pines to secure co-medalist honors at the Brainerd boys' golf invite.
Like last year, however, Monda lost in a scorecard playoff to Alexandria's Casey Vangsness. The record book will say co-medalist, though.
"I know he worked hard on his game all summer and continues to work hard on it during the season," said Warriors head coach Brian Wallace. "It's not that big of surprise that he's having success. To win all three matches that we've been able to get in is a bit of a surprise."
The Brainerd boys' team finished 12th with a 339. The Pequot Lakes Patriots were 17th and the Little Falls Flyers placed 18th.
Brainerd's Tyler Monda chipped onto the eighth green of the Lakes nine Wednesday at Grand View Lodge's The Pines during the Brainerd boys' golf invitational. Monda shot 74 for co-medalist honors. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls» Purchase reprints of this photo.
For Monda, who shot even-par 72 last year at The Pines, this was his third straight medalist honor.
"I didn't hit the ball very well today compared to the way I have been hitting it," said Monda. "But to shoot 74 and not hit the ball as well as I can really gives me confidence that, while I'm not playing so hot, I'm still scoring well. I can't wait until everything clicks."
What wasn't clicking for Monda was his driver, which he said he left in his bag after the first few holes. The senior used a hybrid club or 3-wood off the tee to stay in play. Then he relied on his putter.
Monda shot even par on the Lakes nine and 2-over on the Marsh nine.
"I'm very lucky to have posted a 74," said Monda, who will play golf next season for the University of North Dakota. "It could have been a lot worse. I got into some trouble, but I was able to recover. It wasn't an easy round.
"Again my short game was keeping me in contention. It's nice to know that if I miss the green I have something to fall back on."
Wallace said scores were the highest they've been in 10 years. Playing the Lakes nine, instead of the customary Woods nine influenced scores. Casual water in the form of snow on the course also effected scores.
"We treated the snow as casual water so the kids got free relief from it," Wallace said. "It slowed play a little bit, but almost all the snow was gone after the early part of the day. It certainly made for an interesting rules meeting."
Chaska won the tournament with a 311. Last year Edina won with a 302. Edina finished second Wednesday.
Sean Halverson watched his tee shot Wednesday during the Brainerd boys' golf invite at Grand View Lodges The Pines. Halverson carded a 91. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls» Purchase reprints of this photo.
Ethan Sweet shot 86, Jackson Ronnei 88 and Sean Halverson and Michael Foley tied with 91s for the Warriors. Last season Brainerd shot 303 for second, its best finish ever in its home event.
"We have a number of kids who work hard, but they really have to step it up and somehow find a way to score better," said Wallace. "It was just a bad day as a team. They'll pick themselves up and we'll be back and play better."
The Patriots were led by Drake Beyer's 83 and Jonas Dale's 89.
St. Cloud Apollo's John Carr recorded a double eagle on the 488-yard first hole of the March. His 4-iron second shot landed on the green and raced into the hole. Carr finished with an 82.
Team scores - 1-Chaska 311, 2-Edina 316, 3-Moorhead 317, 4-Alexandria 319, 5-Minnetonka 323, 6-Fergus Falls 328, 7-Sauk Rapids 330, 8t-Bemidji 333, 8t-Minnetonka (team two) 333, 10-Detroit Lakes 335, 11-Lakeville South 338, 12-Brainerd 339, 13t-Rocori 340, 13t-St. Cloud Tech 340, 15-Willmar 345, 16-Armstrong 351, 17-Pequot Lakes 357, 18-Little Falls 375, 19-St. Cloud Apollo 381
Individual medalist - Tyler Monda (Brd) 74, Casey Vangsness (Alex) 74
Brainerd results - Ethan Sweet 86, Jackson Ronnei 88, Sean Halverson 91, Michael Foley 91, Michael Monda 97
Pequot Lakes results - Drake Beyer 83, Jonas Dale 89, Michael Eck 93, Cole Howard 96, Levi Espeseth 96, Nic Johnsen 101
Next meet - Brainerd, Little Falls, Pequot Lakes in second-round of Brainerd Invite at The Preserve in Nisswa.
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