Class AAA golf for front 6-5
By Ben Pherson
COON RAPIDS — This wasn’t the way Rochester Mayo senior Brock Case had hoped to end his high school golf career.
However, it was tough for Case to look back and be disappointed.
After all, he had accomplished his No. 1 goal: He reached the Class AAA state meet at Bunker Hills Golf Course.
On Wednesday at Bunker Hills, Case encountered the same problem he had during the first round on Tuesday — a cold putter.
For the tournament, Case estimated he averaged two putts per hole.
"I struggled to read the greens," he said. "These greens are really tough. They break a lot, and they’re really big."
Case did finally start to the hit the ball well over his final nine holes. Despite the cold putter, he carded 80 on Wednesday. After Tuesday’s 81, Case’s two-round total of 161 tied him for 56th place overall.
It’s not where he wanted to finish, but Case said he wasn’t dissatisfied.
"I just wanted to get to state, and I did that," Case said "Obviously, I wanted to play my best when I got here, and that didn’t happen. But at least I got here."
Mayo coach Neil McCormack said Case’s bunker play was phenomenal during the two rounds at Bunker Hills.
"I’ll tell you what, Brock gets an A-plus for his bunker play," McCormack said. "Bunker Hills’ claim to fame is their bunkers, and Brock was just great out of those bunkers."
It also should be noted that Case has been a member of the golf team for only three years. Prior to that, he was a baseball player.
"Brock’s probably the only kid here who’s only been playing golf for three years," McCormack said. "A lot of these kids have been on varsity for five or six years now. And Brock just came out three years ago. He’s still learning the game. I’d say he’s doing just fine."
Case is headed to St. Cloud State in the fall. He said he’s still unsure whether he will play golf, though it’s a decision he expects to make soon.
"Not sure yet; I’d have to try out, but I’m thinking about it," Case said.
For another Rochester golfer, this week’s state meet was just the beginning of a golf career.
Like Case, Century’s Taylor Wells was participating in her first state meet. But for Wells, it could be the first of many.
Wells is a freshman.
After shooting 87 on Tuesday, Wells improved to 86 on Wednesday. Those scores were in line with her season average.
Wells finished fourth among freshman competing at the Class AAA state meet. Her two-round total of 173 tied her for 36th overall.
"It’s great to see her up here as just a freshman," McCormack said.
Wells’ sister, Kassie, also was a standout golfer for Century. She qualified for state for the first time as a sophomore.