Lexi Bollant is trying something new this year.
After placing in the top 10 at the state golf tournament in each of the past three seasons, the Buffalo senior has decided to go into her last round of golf as a high schooler with a new mantra: Be cool.
“I would stress out about [the state tournament] so much. This year I have way more confidence. … I’ll be way more relaxed.”
Bollant qualified for her fourth consecutive state tournament last Wednesday at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre, shooting a second-round 70 for a section-best, two-day total of 146 strokes. Buffalo finished second as a team, making Bollant the lone girls’ golfer moving on to represent the Bison.
Bollant will be attend Division I Augusta State in Georgia next year on a full-ride golf scholarship.
With her college decision and the section tournament no longer on her mind, Bollant now hopes to focus solely on winning a championship. She finished in seventh place as a freshman, ninth as a sophomore and eighth as a junior.
The Class 3A state tournament will be June 10-11 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. She talked with the Star Tribune’s Brady O’Brien.
Q: Going to state four years in a row is a major feat. Are you happy with how you’ve finished the past three years?
A: I was pleased with how I finished freshman year. The last two years I’ve been pretty disappointed, since you want to keep getting better. ... I’ve just had more confidence (this year) because I played well all season. You’re always supposed to say ‘I’m going to win it,’ but this year I really feel that way. I actually feel like I can win.
Q: How has this year been different? Has it been?
A: I worked a lot with my swing coach. I worked on aspects of my game that I think were lacking. It’s allowed me to approach the game with a lot more confidence. I’ve been playing really well this year and I think that all stems from taking it more seriously. Coming into this year, I knew I would have more experience than most of the other golfers in the state so that really motivated me.
Q: What makes you unique as a golfer?
A: I usually have a positive attitude. If I don’t do well, I’m [still] happy. Golf-wise, what I think makes me stand out is my short game. I’ve always had to have my short game to be on point to compete.
Q: You and Lauren Schultz are the lone seniors on the team. Do you feel like you put more pressure on yourself to lead?
A: No, because I’ve always felt like I’ve been a leader on the team. The girls look up to me. We’ve always had a young team, so it’s always been me that they look to.
Q: What drew you to Georgia?
A: I love the South. My family is from the South and I want to play year-round.
Q: Any advice for aspiring golfers?
A: Stick with it. It’s such a love/hate relationship. You can’t play well all the time so you have to learn to enjoy the game.
Q: Any pre-match rituals?
A: I pray with the team beforehand. It’s just something we’ve always done as a team. It eases any nerves that the team has.