It wasn't what he wanted, but Brady Raph still posted a top 10 finish after the final round of the Class 1A State Tournament, Wednesday, June 12, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
The Pine River-Backus junior carded a second-round 79 to finish with a two-day 160 that tied him with four other players. Raph was one of just six players to break 80 Wednesday.
"I saw him coming back, but his putting just was not there," PR-B head coach Steve Heslop said. "I thought he was going to sell his putter on eBay before we finished the round. Other than that, tee to green, he was so solid and so long. He hit a 327-yard drive on his last hole. I stepped up to him and said, 'Last hole. Let it ride.' and he said, 'That's what I was planning.'"
Raph started his round with a bogey, but answered on the next hole with a birdie on the 505-yard par 5. Raph gave it back on the next hole and then parred the next four holes. He finished his front nine with back-to-back double bogeys for a front nine 41.
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Class 1A State Golf
- Team champions: Community Christian boys, BOLD girls
- Individual champions: Brett Reid of Community Christian, Rachel Halverson of Lac Qui Parle Valley
- PR-B highlights: Brady Raph lands in top 10
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"His putting wasn't anything to do with his mechanics," Heslop said. "I watched and I was looking for that when he was warming up and there was nothing. I'm not sure what it was. The putter face just wasn't squaring up or something. He left so many on the lip, but he fought it back to shoot 38 and break 80."
A birdie on the 16th hole offset three prior bogeys on the back nine to help him shoot 38 and finish with his 79.
"He played really well," Heslop said. "I was happy for him. Yesterday, he had a screw up on one hole. That's golf, though. You have to count every day and every stroke."
PR-B's Hannah Barchus finished her first state tournament with a second round 110 for her two-day 205. Junior Bella Netland posted a 211 for the Tigers.
Boys Team scores: 1-Community Christian 655, 2-Springfield 658, 3-Fertile-Beltrami 676, 4-Lac Qui Parle Valley 676, 5-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 692, 6-North Woods 699, 7-Bethlehem Academy 738, 8-Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 754
Individual champion: Brett Reid (Community Christian) 72-73-145
Pine River-Backus results: 7t-Brady Raph 81-79-160
Girls Team scores: 1-BOLD 704, 2-Park Christian 7-5, 3-Lac Qui Parle Valley 720, 4-Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 758, 5-Northwoods 800, 5-Murray County Central 800, 7-Fillmore Central 812, 8-Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 907
Individual champion: Rachel Halvorson 79-80-160
Pine River-Backus results: 54-Hannah Barchus 95-110-205, 60-Bella Netland 107-104-211