The Rush City boys and girls golf team closed its 2014 season at the end of May at the Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids.
Head coach Jeremy Albright said the weather was finally enjoyable after a long season of weather-induced rescheduling.
“We had beautiful weather up in Grand Rapids. After suffering bad weather most of the spring, it was a nice change of pace,” the head coach said.
On Wednesday, May 28, junior Dylan Fessenden recorded a team-best score of 81 to propel him into the second round of the Section 7AA tournament. Fessenden went on to post an 84 for a combined 165, good for 29th place.
Senior Nick Schmidt earned a 93, followed by ninth-grader Eddie Johnson with a 102. Eighth-grader Jacob Scherer rounded out the team scoring with a 106.
Eighth-graders Ethan White and T.J. Roth also competed for varsity on the first day. White scored a 115, while Roth was disqualified after a groundskeeper ran over the ball with a mower. Albright said the disqualification was an unfortunate incident.
“His group agreed that he should drop one in the area where it landed. Unfortunately the rules of golf state that he should have went back and hit again,” Albright said. “Doesn’t seem fair, but what can you do?”
Virginia won the section title by shooting 317 during Round 1 and 300 during Round 2 for a combined score of 617. International Falls was the runner-up with a combined mark of 625.
On the girls side, two Tigers advanced past the first round of play on Tuesday, May 27.
Sophomore Brea LeMon recorded a 102 to move on, while junior Sara Johnson shot a 117. During Round 2 at Pokegama two days later, LeMon improved to a 96 after shooting 48 on both the front and back nines. She earned 22nd place. Johnson posted a 127, good for 43rd place.
Sophomore Heather Fisher (139) and senior Chelsea Hauner (251) rounded out the Rush City team score.
Pequot Lakes captured the section title handily for the girls. The section champions placed all six varsity scorers in the top six slots for a combined team score of 604. Hibbing was the next closest team at 721.
As for Rush City, Albright said the competition is stiff in the postseason.
“We are in a pretty tough section,” he said. “I think if we would have had some of these scores in last years’ section, we would have at least one, maybe two, golfers moving on to the state tournament.”