PHS golf teams present awards; state results

This article submitted by Mary Frandson on 06/10/97.

The Paynesville Varsity golf teams ended their season with a banquet held at the Paynesville Area High School. All of the players received their letters for varsity, and a few players received the following awards:
MVPS: Jeff Meyer, Mary Frandson
Most improved: Nathan Olmscheid
Most consistent: Lynn Stoneburner, Ryan Mack/edanz
Lowest round: Jeff Meyer, Rachel Larson, Mary Frandson

State tournament
The boys and girls class A state tournament was held on June 2 and 3, at Wapicada Golf Course. The weather on both days proved warm and sunny.

The first day of competition for Mary Frandson, the only PHS golfer to advance to state, wasn't quite what she hoped for, as the back nine gave her tremendous trouble. She shot 15 strokes higher than her first round of the day.

"When I arrived at the state tournament for the first day, I was filled with a lot of anxiety," Frandson commented. "I didn't really know what to expect. Mainly, I just wanted to shoot an average round for myself and enjoy and absorb the whole state experience."

Unfortunately, the first 18 holes turned out to be a humbling experience. Frandson ended up shooting her worst round in many years, ending with a total of 223 for the 36-hole, two-day tournament. "Even though I didn't play up to my capability, I left there proud to have competed in the tournament; and hopefully, I'll be able to compete there again next year," Frandson said.

The state champion for the girls was Belle Plaine junior Megan Stier, shooting a total of 157. State champion for the boys was Underwood senior Aaron Sletten, defeating last year's champion, Josh Fenton, by four strokes with a 145.

Belle Plaine also won the team title for the girls, totaling 697. Section 5 team champions, Albany, finished sixth by shooting 758. The Blake School of Minneapolis was team champion for the boys, shooting 645. Section 5 boy's champions, Litchfield, ended up third as a team.

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