Golf: Nevis golfers end state debuts on high note
Lealan Norby and Sofia Anderson play better on Day 2 at Class A tournament.
BECKER – Nevis sophomore Lealan Norby and junior Sofia Anderson ended their first appearances at the state Class A golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club on high notes.
Both played better during the second day on Wednesday, June 15, as Norby finished 31st out of 87 golfers in the boys field while Anderson tied for 58th place out of 85 golfers in the girls field.
“The state tournament is a collection of the best in the state. I was very pleased with both of our golfers,” said Nevis head coach Olaf Netteberg. “Lealan would have liked to shoot better, but every golfer wants that. The fact that he made it to state and played consistently at his ability was a success. Sofia was obviously not pleased with her first day, but she rolled a 40-foot birdie putt within 6 inches of the cup of her final hole and tapped in for par. She is ready to go back next spring.”
Norby followed an 84 during Day 1 on Tuesday, June 14, with an 83 on Day 2 for a 167. Norby shared 24th place after Day 1 with a pair of 42s and followed with rounds of 43 and 40 on Day 2. Norby carded a birdie and two pars on the front side and had four pars on the back side on Day 1 while carding three pars on the front side and six pars on the back side on Day 2.
New Life Academy’s Cole Witherow won the state title at 146 after a pair of 73s while Fertile-Beltrami’s Rylin Petry was second at 147 with rounds of 75 and 72.
Norby qualified for state as the No. 5 individual qualifier at the Section 7A meet with rounds of 83 and 79.
“Lealan walked off his first green, laughed and said ‘my hands were shaking’. I laughed and told him he had just finished the hardest hole he was going to play,” said Netteberg. “The way the pairings worked out, Lealan played with Parker Brock from Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Day 2. The two boys have known each other for years, played together during the regular season, played their practice round together and enjoy playing golf with one another. Watching Day 2 at state and the two of them together was simply following two friends play golf.”
Anderson followed a 115 on Day 1 with a 97 on Day 2 for a 212. Anderson had a par on No. 16 during rounds of 56 and 59 to share 73rd place on Day 1 and recorded a par on No. 9 on her final hole for rounds of 46 and 51 to move up the leaderboard on Day 2.
Legacy Christian Academy’s Emily Brandt won the state title with rounds of 81 and 84 for a 165 while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s Kianna Johnson was second at 166 with rounds of 85 and 81.
Anderson qualified for state as the No. 5 individual qualifier at the Section 7A meet with rounds of 100 and 96.
“Sofia had to play in the afternoon on the first day and the weather was brutal. With our late spring, nobody was ready for 95 degrees and the wind was crazy. Between the heat and wind, many of the girls were exhausted and it showed in their play. It was work to simply swing their arms and shots were very erratic. Sofia shot a 115, but kept a positive attitude and looked forward to the forecast of 75, clouds and rain for Day 2,” said Netteberg. “Day 2 was a great day. Sofia was all smiles, shot 17 strokes better and was two strokes away from shooting her personal best round in a competition.”
With their first state tournament behind them, Netteberg expects both to return to the state tournament next season.
“Both Lealan and Sofia know what it feels like now, have the confidence to make it back, and the motivation to shoot even better and move up on the leaderboard next year,” said Netteberg.