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Class 1A State Golf: Rough day has Raph tied for 14th

Brady Raph

Brady Raph was cruising.

The Pine River-Backus junior parred his first five holes, but five bogeys, a double and a triple has Raph sitting in a tie for 14th with an opening-round 81 in the Class 1A State Tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

After his string of pars to open his round, Raph carded two bogeys and a double on his ninth hole to fire a first nine 40. A triple bogey on the second hole, his 11th, was followed by back-to-back bogeys and the four-year state veteran was reeling.

"He snapped one out of bounds and took the penalties," PR-B head coach Steve Heslop said. "Then trying to get himself back together again cost him a few. The conditions weren't too good this morning. We were pretty much in rain drops all morning. The greens were tough to read because of the water. The wind was the worst. It was hard. The kids we played with had the same problems.

Class 1A State Golf

Boys team leader: Springfield leads by 5

Boys individual leader: Brett Reid shot even-par 72

PR-B highlights: Brady Raph lands in 14th

Girls team leader: BOLD takes 8 shot lead

Girls individual leader: Rachel Halvorson leads the field with 79

PRB highlights: Hannah Barchus fired a 95

Next: Class 1A State Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club, Becker, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12

"If you look at the scores, nobody is lighting it up."

Raph added another stroke on the seventh hole to fall to 10-over for his round, but birdied the ninth hole, his last, to shoot 41 on his second nine.

"A round like today just wears on you," Heslop said. "Finally he just said he was going to play for pars. He stopped pushing. Then he settled down and the rain stopped and he just started to par holes before birding the last one. It was the Brady of old. For awhile there he was trying to push it."

Raph is nine shots off the lead held by Community Christian's Brett Reid, who fired an even-par 72.

"He's got to play lights out (Wednesday)," Heslop said. "That's really what he has to do. He has to press hard to get birdies. Today was not a birdie day. He got one birdie at the end. He had five or six chances for birdie and the ball would just hang on the lip or come up short. It was frustrating beyond belief.

"(Wednesday) he'll have to play much better and he'll have to get some help. Brett Reid has to go up a few shots."

PR-B's Hannah Barchus opened her first state tournament with a 95. The eighth grader opened with a first nine 51, but rallied with a 44 on her second nine.

"Hannah played remarkable," PR-B girls head coach Mark Gonnion said. "This is her first trip here. She started out slow and then started making pars and bogeys and shot 44 on her back nine.

"Bella (Netland) came out of the blocks a little slower. She's capable of shooting better and she'll put it together (Wednesday) and get to where she normally shoots, which is in the low 90s. She hit the ball well, though."

Netland, a junior, opened with a 107. She shot nines of 55-52 to land in 68th place

Boys Team scores: 1-Springfield 323, 2-Community Christian 328, 3-Fertile-Beltrami 337, 4-Lac Qui Parle Valley 345, 5-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 351, 6-North Woods 353, 7-Bethlehem Academy 372, 8-Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda 373

First-round leader: Brett Reid (Community Christian) 72

Pine River-Backus results: 14t-Brady Raph 81

Girls Team scores: 1-BOLD 345, 2-Lac Qui Parle Valley 353, 3-Park Christian 363, 4-Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 373, 5-Caledonia 384, 6-North Woods 396, 7-Murray County Central 397, 8-Fillmore Central 410

First-round leader: Rachel Halvorson (Lac Qui Parle Valley) 79

Pine River-Backus results: 30-Hannah Barchus 95, 68-Bella Netland 107

Jeremy Millsop

My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.

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