Tom Boyer ought to purchase Deacon's Lodge in Breezy Point since he virtually owns the course every time he plays it.
In 2004, the Brainerd Warrior earned medalist honors with a 74 in the Ranger/Patriot Invitational. Last week he repeated as medalist in the same event on the same course by shooting 73.
"I didn't make any major mistakes," Boyer said of last week's meet at Deacon's. "I made a few birdies. Conditions were pretty good that day.
"It's pretty difficult," Boyer said of Deacon's, "but it sets up well for me. You don't need to hit the ball that far, you just need to keep it in play."
Warriors coach Brian Wallace said something about Deacon's seems to fit Boyer's game.
"Tom putted well, and scored just great," he said. "There were two scores the whole event under 80. Tom had one of them."
Boyer maintained his torrid pace Monday in the St. Cloud Tech Central Lakes Conference meet at St. Cloud Country Club, firing 73 in rainy, cold conditions. He shared medalist honors with teammate Curt Carlson.
"I kept the ball in the fairway and made some par putts to save," Boyer said. "There were a lot of places to get in trouble, a lot of trees."
Wallace was impressed with Boyer's score in the rain and cold.
"I thought (73) was an extraordinary score in those conditions," Wallace said. "It was 29 degrees when we started. It's a long course and Tom's not a long hitter. When he's playing well he doesn't get himself in trouble. He stays clear of it."
Early in the season Boyer had trouble with his game but has settled into a groove lately. He's averaging 78.9 for 18 holes.
"The last couple years Tom's sort of been on the edge," Wallace said. "Now it's clear he's put a lot of time in and it's paying off for him.
Weight: 135 pounds
Memorable sports achievement: Two-time medalist in Ranger/Patriot Invitational at Deacon's Lodge
Grade-point average: 3.2
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite TV show: "Family Guy"
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting
Future plans: Attend San Diego Golf Academy, study golf course management
Athletes he admires: Tiger Woods, Davis Love III
Parents: Lynn and Pete Lowe, Jeff and Liz Boyer
"He was our top qualifier at the beginning of the year, then he had a couple rounds in the mid-80s, now he's put it back together. Over the last three meets he's averaging about 75, and the last three meets he's just excelled. He's really found it."
Boyer hopes he finds his game in the postseason. Brainerd has been knocking on the door to qualify for state as a team, finishing second in all but one conference meet and second in the Presection 8, Class 2A meet. Alexandria, which leads the conference, is the defending section champion and finished fifth in the state last year.
"I think we have a pretty good chance as a team," Boyer said. "We usually have two or three good scores. If we can get four good scores we've got a chance.
"I've just got to keep my head in it and play golf. Hopefully, I can put two good rounds together at the section."
The section is May 30-31 at Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre. It will be the second year of a two-day section format.
"I like the two-day because if you have a bad hole in a one-day event it can put you out of it," he said. "In a two-day (if you have a bad hole) you still have a chance."
Other notable efforts:
Hilary Smith, softball, pitched no-hitters against Apollo and Rocori.
Will Kassulker, track and field, won the discus and shot put at the Hamline Relays.
Kyle Holbrook, baseball, hit two home runs in the Princeton tournament and his team-high sixth against Sauk Rapids.
Zach Heidmann, baseball, had the game-winning double against Tech and added two doubles against Sauk Rapids.
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