Boys Golf: Person, Holmstrom advance to state
Brainerd competed in the final round of the Section 8-3A Tournament
PARK RAPIDS — Turner Person and Max Holmstrom will be first-time state participants.
The two Brainerd Warriors qualified individually for the Class 3A State Tournament thanks to top-five finishes at the Section 8-3A Tournament Friday, June 3, at Headwaters Golf Club.
Person finished fourth with a two-day 155. The senior fired a 79 Friday to go with his 76 from Thursday’s opening round. Person opened with a bogey, but carded four straight pars. He opened with a front nine 40 and followed it with a back-nine 39. He carded a double bogey on the 12th hole, but regrouped with a birdie 4 on the 15th.
“He was super steady for about 80% of the round and then hit the skids on a couple of holes and started to lose confidence,” Warrior head coach Brian Wallace said. “With about five holes left he just turned it around and played it at 1-under par on the last five holes. That’s so cool to see him succeed when the wheels were wobbly. He got steady and finished it off. It was fun to watch.”
Holmstrom shaved two strokes off his opening-round 79 to fire a 77 Friday for a two-day 156. He closed with a birdie on the 481-yard par 5 18th hole to claim the fifth and final individual spot.
The Brainerd junior opened with a front nine 41, but shot even par 36 on the back with one bogey, his closing birdie and seven pars.
“Max has an amazing skill level, but he’s let some demons get in the way before and it’s so fun to see a kid overcome that,” Wallace said. “This will just help him into the future for many things. He knows he can turn things around for a positive outcome.
“He had a shaky start today. His front nine was not great, but this kid just focused and didn’t let it bug him and he got it done, especially with that birdie on the last hole.”
Junior Dawson Ringler was two shots off the mark as he posted an 81 Friday for a 158. Ringler’s round was sprinkled with two birdies, but he closed with a back nine 42 to miss the cut.
Ringler placed ninth individually and Ryan Kennedy placed 20th with a two-day 164 as the Warriors finished second as a team behind Alexandria. The Cardinals trailed Brainerd by four strokes going into Friday's closing round, but shot 312 Friday compared to Brainerd’s 320 to leapfrog Brainerd and win by four.
“I think the really cool thing about this team is that they did come together as a team,” Wallace said. “That’s probably what got them to achieve what they did achieve. They played their hearts out and they relied on each other and they just came up a little bit short. This one stings because they get along so well together. They play and practice together and we just came up short.”