Max Deutz of Marshall wanted to shoot well enough to put his school in position to win its first state championship. The junior did just that, and did the same for himself.
Deutz fired a 2-under-par 70 to claim the first-round lead and put Marshall atop the boys’ team standings in the Class 2A golf state tournament Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. The final round of the two-day event will be held Thursday.
“Every stroke counts,” Deutz said to some of his teammates who finished their round prior to him as he walked off the 18th green. Marshall compiled a team score of 299, three strokes ahead of second-place Detroit Lakes.
“I was just trying to shoot the lowest score possible to help our team,” said Deutz, who registered six birdies and four bogeys while posting his lowest tournament round. “I was able to avoid any big numbers today.”
Following a 30-minute delay due to rain at the start, Deutz opened his round with back-to-back birdies. He got as low as 3-under-par after recording a four on the par-5, 10th hole.
“I got off to a fast start,” said Deutz, who is participating in his first state tournament. “I had a rough finish, but I’m pretty happy with my round.”
Perham junior Dan Cavanagh is one stroke back with a 71. Four other players finished at even-par 72.
The girls’ field failed to finish their round following a two-hour weather delay. They will resume play at 7 a.m. Thursday, prior to the boys’ final round.
Jackson County Central junior Kaylee Benson held the lead after nine holes, shooting a 1-over-par 37.
The final round that never transpired a year ago due to inclement weather could finally be resolved in 2011.
Five boys who finished among the top nine last year enter Thursday'’s final round at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker in the top nine once again.
Senior Aaron Forgaard of Bethlehem Academy and freshman Sam Eisenhuth of BEST (co-op of Babbitt-Embarrass and Tower-Soudan) share the first-round lead with 1-over-par 73s. Forgaard tied for fourth while Eisenhuth tied for sixth in 2010.
Frazee junior Beau Hanson, the medalist a year ago, is three strokes back at 76. He rebounded with a 2-under-par 34 after shooting a 42 on the front nine.
The other two golfers facing nearly the same predicament are Springfield senior Dillon Schultz and Legacy Christian junior Andrew Peterson. Schultz and Peterson finished with a 75 and 76, respectively.
Springfield is in first place in the race for the team title with a 323, two strokes ahead of Providence Academy.
The girls’ event, like in Class 2A, was delayed by weather and didn’t finish. It will resume play Thursday at 7 a.m., prior to the boys’ final round.