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Section 2AA golf: Mulder makes state


BUFFALO LAKE — Worthington’s Will Mulder will be representing the Trojans at state.

The junior put together a stellar front nine — which was actually holes 10-18 — Thursday at Oakdale Golf Club in Buffalo Lake to earn a spot in the Class AA state tournament. Before shooting a 40 on the front side, he started with a 2-under 34 on the back to work his way into a three-way tie for fourth at 74. There was only room for two of them in the state tournament.

“Will went out and shot fire on the front 9,” Trojans’ coach John Koller said. “His driver was working real good.”

Mulder came out and shot par on the first tiebreaker hole while both of his opponents got bogeys, meaning he had punched his ticket to state.

He took a par on each of his first two holes of the day before dropping in a birdie with a two on hole 12. He added birdies on both 15 and 16 to help him to that solid total of 74.

“He’s a naturally talented kid,” Koller said. “Very athletic. And he’s just learning how to manage his game.”

Mulder will be at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan on June 10-11 for state. He’ll be joined from Section 2AA by Kelton Schmitz of New Ulm (70), Litchfield’s Josh Pelingo (71), Brett Buckingham of Minnewaska (72) and Pfingston. Marshall’s 299 edged out a 302 for New Ulm for the boys’ team title.

Tyler Van Hove and Jaren Solt also made a run at state as individuals but came up just short. Van Hove shot an 82 with Solt, a senior, coming away with a 91.

Chaz Smedsrud of Luverne was just 2-over with a 38 on the back nine but still fell short of the state cut as he tallied an 81. Jackson County Central got a pair of strong individual performances as well. Huskies’ junior Joe Brinkman finished out the day with an 83 with classmate Austin Olson carding an 86. Pipestone Area’s Brock Morgan ended his day with an 89.

On the girls’ side, JCC took