Brainerd High School has been a familiar name at Bunker Hills Golf Course during the first week of June.
This season is no exception, but the two athletes representing Brainerd are both making their first state appearances.
Senior Tyler Monda and sophomore Molly Hoppe tee of Tuesday in what is now the Class 3A state boys' and girls' golf tournament.
Hoppe will begin her first round at 7:48 a.m. with Allison Kraft of Irondale, Jen Annoni of Hill-Murray and Jessica Brion of Lakeville North.
"The course is in very good shape and it plays very long," Hoppe said after her practice round Monday. "I'm not a long hitter so my two most important clubs are going to be my driver and 5-wood.
Tyler Monda will tee off at 12:43 p.m.
"The greens are OK. I thought they would be a lot faster than they are."
Hoppe's older brother, Jared, played in two state tournaments during his freshmen and sophomore seasons. His advice:
"Not too much," she said. "He just told me to have fun."
That's what her goal is. Hoppe said she's hitting the ball more consistently than during her final section round and is looking for a score in the mid to low 80s for her first round.
Molly Hoppe will tee off at 7:48 a.m.
The three-year varsity player shot rounds of 83 and 91 to place fifth overall in the Section 8-3A meet with her two-day 174 at the Long Prairie Country Club last week.
Monda will tee off at 12:43 p.m. off the West Course with Wayzata's David Steefel-Moore, Mankato West's Brandon Bohks and Brock Case of Rochester Mayo.
The recent graduate rebounded from an opening-round 79 to shoot 1-under 71 and place third in the Section 8-3A tournament at Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre.
Class 3A state tournament
Who: Brainerd's Molly Hoppe and Tyler Monda
Where: Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids
When: Tuesday and Wednesday
"I'm pretty confident," said Monda. "I just need to keep hitting the ball like I have been and I'll do well. I need to stay out of trouble and everything should be fine."
Monda said the course was playing tough Monday, but he was hitting the ball well. He said his season-long goal was to advance to state. Now that he's there he hopes to soak it all in and enjoy the two rounds.
"I'm not expecting to go out there and shoot under par for both days," he said. "I'm going to try and have fun and play well."
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5856.
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