Warriors Athlete of Week: Senior year one to remember for Moen
Hannah Moen Sport: Golf Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-6 Career highlight: Winning 2015 Alpine skiing state team championship Other sports: Alpine skiing, tennis Grade-point average: 3.7 Favorite class: Sociology Favorite food: Steak Favorite TV ...
Career highlight: Winning 2015 Alpine skiing state team championship
Other sports: Alpine skiing, tennis
Grade-point average: 3.7
Favorite class: Sociology
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite TV show: "How I Met Your Mother"
Hobbies: Wakeboarding, surfing
Future plans: Attend College of St. Benedict, play golf, major in environmental science
Favorite athlete: Rory McElroy
Parents: Rolf and Diane Moen
Hannah Moen has experienced an unforgettable senior year.
In February, she was a member of the Brainerd Warrior girls Alpine skiing team that captured the state championship at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. She finished 34th individually.
In the Section 8-3A meet May 26-27 at Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre, Moen
finished third and qualified for the 3A state tournament June 9-10 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.
"It definitely adds a little confidence," Moen said of her ski success. "It's a different feeling when you're in the gate to when you start off golf. Either way it's kind of nerve-racking."
Moen had her nerves under control in the section tournament. She opened with a first-day 80 to tie for second place. She dropped two strokes on Day Two - her 78 was a season low - and finished with a 158 to seize her first trip to the state golf tournament.
"Day One, was a little disappointing. I didn't play as well as I could have," she said. "I didn't have anything like a big blowup hole. I was just making a lot more bogeys than I wanted to. I didn't have any birdies that day.
"Day Two, I knew I was tied for second so I was kind of trying to play a little bit more aggressive. I ended up making two birdies the first four holes and started off like 2-under. After hole 16, I knew I was only 3-over. I ended up not finishing very well. I had a double on 17 and bogeyed 18 but it was still good enough to go state so I was happy with that. I would have finished second if I had parred out the last two holes."
In last year's section tournament, Moen opened with a 50 on her first nine, but rallied with a 36. She played better on Day Two but missed the state tournament by four shots. Warriors coach Todd Person believes that tournament may have been the turning point in Moen's game.
"Toward the end of last year she started to step up," he said. "I think the section practice round at Greystone a year ago she might have shot one or two over par. I think that's kind of when she realized I can do this.
"Last year at the section, she opened with that 50 and turned around with a 36 on the back nine. She was already 10 shots behind and that's tough to recover from. Even with that she was close last year. This year the second day she pretty much had it in her own hands to get (to state)."
Person said the Greystone course is set up for Moen's game.
"She's long off the tee, accurate off the tee," he said. "That course requires girls to hit some longer shots. She came out the first day with an 80 and was tied for second so she knew she had a good chance the second day.
"She was in the top group the second day and came in with a 78. I think she felt good about that. I'm sure she still could list four or five shots that she left out on the course, but that's always kind of going to be the case.
"She avoided putting a big number on her card. There were some opportunities where she could have. But she made some great up and downs and some good recoveries. That's what she needed to do to shoot the rounds she has been."
Moen played a practice round at Bunker Hills Saturday and didn't keep score. She will play another practice round there Monday before the state tournament.
"The holes are open enough that I can hit my driver on most holes which is kind of my big advantage. I was happy to see that," she said. "There are a couple longer ones, but I think that kind of suits me a little bit better. I think it should go pretty well.
"Being it's my first state tournament I really don't have any expectations like placing. I want to put two really good rounds together. I hope to be in the 70s when I'm there, just play it hole by hole and do my best."
Person believes the state course also suits Moen's strength.
"It's a long course that requires you to be accurate off the tee," he said. "There are some definite birdie holes for her on that course with her length. There are a couple shorter holes she'll hopefully be able to take advantage of when the time comes."
Moen was the Warriors' No. 1 player all spring. Her season average was 82, but her last five rounds she averaged 80. She finished fourth in the final Central Lakes Conference standings.
She made her varsity debut with a few rounds as a seventh-grader and has been a varsity fixture ever since.
"She's been a 2-year captain for us," Person said. "This year she really did a nice job in that leadership role. She's just a good teammate to everyone out there. We will miss her for sure."