Graduating Isle High senior Xanna Pedersen and upcoming Isle High junior Teagen Haggberg earned berths as individuals in the 2019 Class A State Golf Tournament by scoring well in the Section 5A tourney in May.
The boys and girls Class A Golf tourney was staged June 11-12 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
Competing in her third straight state tournament, Pedersen turned in scores of 95-93 (193) to finish 31st among the 86 girls in the field.
Haggberg shot rounds of 93-100 (193) to finish 70th among the 86 boys in the tourney.
BOLD High School beat Park Christian by one stroke to win the girls Class A team championship.
The boys state Class A title went to Community Christian, located in Wilmar.
Girl medalist for the tournament was junior Rachel Halvorson from Lac qui Parle Valley in Madison, Minn., who shot 79-81 (160).
The boys Class A individual title was won by sophomore Brett Reid of Community Christian with rounds of 72-73 (145).
Speaking of the experience of playing in the state tournament these past three seasons, Pedersen said she especially enjoyed making new friends from other parts of the state.
Dave Osterman, Pedersen’s coach, said of the Isle star’s tournament play this year, “Xanna had a fine round going during the first nine holes on the opening day, posting a 43 even with a double-bogie on the ninth hole, but the back nine 52 kept her out of the 80s.” Her round of 93 did place her among the top 30 of the 86 golfers after day one.
As for Haggberg, Mille Lacs coach Travis Turgeon was wondering how his player was placed in a foursome of all Section 5A athletes during the opening round. “I don’t know how that happened, and I don’t know if that had a negative or positive effect on Teagen’s play,” Turgeon said.
Haggberg’s second day experience on the course was a mixed bag. He found trouble on the first nine, turning in a score of 54. in the second nine, however, he posted par-birdie on consecutive holes, hitting a snag on the par-three sixth hole of the back when he had a triple-bogie. Coach Turgeon tried to turn any negatives of Haggberg’s round into positives for the upcoming years, saying to his player, “Use this round as a learning experience for next season.”