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Boys golf: Tommy May qualifies for state tournament

Tommy May will end his Farmington High School golf career at the state tournament.

The FHS senior qualified for next week's competition with a two-round total of 149 that tied him for fourth place at the Section 1AAA tournament played Thursday and Monday at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings. He shot a 74 on the par-73 course in last week's first round and followed up with a 75 Monday.

"Tom showed some real character today by fighting and grinding around the course to shoot a 75," golf coach Jon Holmes said. "He was not having the best of days, but the fact that he managed to stick around par really goes a long way in revealing just how much disposition he has developed this year to take his golf game to the next level. I couldn't be more proud of how he finished."

The Tigers also had a good day as a team on Monday. They qualified for the second round of section play by shooting a seventh-place 326 on May 31, but Holmes said last week they could have done better.

"We had three pretty good scores ... but we just couldn't seem to get that much needed fourth," he said. "We were in position to be in the three or four spot after our first three players came in, but the last three all had off days and we ended up scoring an 89 as our fourth score."

Things were better Monday. In addition to May's 75, the Tigers got a 78 from Ryan Kelly, for a two-day total of 160, an 81 from Erik Holmstrom (161) and an 83 from Tony Lalani (173). Mitch Reed had a two-day total of 172 (88 and 84) and Jake Hanson shot a 90 and an 85.

Holmes had specific praise for the first-round play of Holmstrom, an eighth grader. He was five over par in the first four holes Thursday before settling down and shooting three over par for the next 14.

Overall, the Tigers improved by 10 strokes in the second round and finished fifth on the day. Their second-day improvement was enough to move them up to sixth overall.

"Everyone played better today and we saw what a difference it can make," Holmes said. "I am absolutely pleased at how this group finished the season off. They never gave up and they stayed with it through the final hole."

The state tournament will take place June 12 and 13 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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