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Hot finish, fifth-place overall

Austin senior fires par 72 on final day of tournament

By Ben Pherson

bpherson@postbulletin.com

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — Austin High senior Drew Osier said that if he played to the best of his ability, he felt he’d have a chance to win the Class AAA state golf meet.

Osier didn’t play to the best of his ability Tuesday. But he was darn close on Wednesday.

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Osier fired an even-par round of 72 on Wednesday, giving him the second-low round of the day.

After a first-round 78, Osier’s two-round total was 150 and was good for fifth place overall.

Osier was just two shots away from tying for the state title.

He said Wednesday’s round was fantastic, and his putter was red-hot.

"I was making putts left and right," Osier said shortly after receiving his state place-winner medal.

Osier had a whopping seven birdies. So the round could have been even better.

"It seemed like every hole I didn’t have a birdie, I had a bogey," Osier said.

Osier was extremely pleased with the way he played Wednesday. He said he didn’t play poorly on Tuesday, he just didn’t locate that hot putter until the second round.

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"I feel really good, especially with how (Tuesday) went," Osier said. "Today was just icing on the cake. It was a great way to end a really good high school career."

Osier plans to play college golf next season at Central College in Iowa.

"It hasn’t really sunk in yet that my high school career is over, but I’ll be a little sad, I’m sure. I’ll miss the competition, the van rides with the guys and all the friends I’ve made over the years."

Osier made the turn on Wednesday with a one-over 37. His putter warmed up even more on the back as he shot one-under 35.

It was Osier’s second consecutive trip to the Class AAA state meet, but it was his first state medal.

"I can’t think of a better way to finish," Osier said.

Overall results

Section One representative Lakeville North won the girls team title with a two-round total of 692, which was one stroke better than second-place Woodbury.

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Forest Lake’s Betsy Kelly ran away with the girls individual title, finishing with a two-round total of 151. Kelly’s grandparents live in Austin. Steffi Neisen of New Prague was second at 155.

Wayzata won the boys team title at 606, while Forest Lake was second with a team score of 611.

Joe Petrulo of Eastview and Paul Moberg of Forest Lake tied for first place with two-day scores of 148.

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