17 May 2012

Boys Golf: A steady climb up MIssota ladder

Tommy May two-over 74
Things just keep getting better and better for the Tigers in Missota Conference tournaments.

Farmington started the season with a sixth place finish at the first league meet. It placed fifth at the second and then tied for fourth at the third.

Monday coach Jon Holmes' team climbed another rung on the Missota ladder, ranking third at the fourth (of five)  conference meets played at the Chaska Town Course.

State power Chanhassen won the meet with 294 strokes. Chaska was runner-up at 306, followed by Farmington 312, New Prague 317, Shakopee 317, Red Wing 327, Holy Angels 334 and Northfield 354.

"We played well as a team and also had some individuals step up and take advantage of the wonderful playing conditions," Holmes said.

"That (312) is the lowest score Farmington has shot in many, many years. Add the fact that we posted it at a conference meet at one of the premier courses in the state, and to say we played well is an an understatement."

Tommy May had his best round of the season, firing a two-over par 74, to lead the Tiger effort. Erik Holmstrom continued his steady play with 77 and Tony Lalani checked in at 79. Jake Hanson carded 82, Mitch Reed 84 and Ryan Kelly 88.

Jake Hanson season-low 82
"It was really nice to see Tommy play to his ability," Holmes said  "He has been frustrated this year with his scoring.

"He has been hitting the ball pretty well but has just not found that scoring rhythm which is so difficult in golf...I am hoping that this will be his break through point to keep scoring lower where he deserves to be."

Next Monday the Tigers head to the Northfield Golf Club for the conference finale where points double and final league rankings are on the line.

"The key to doing even better will be to get a fourth score at 80 or below," Holmes said. "We are consistently getting better every meet and our hard work and practice hours are really paying off...Hopefully we can claim the third spot again to give us a shot at claiming it for the year."