BECKER - Martin County West sophomore Cordell Weber leads the Class A state boys golf meet after Tuesday's first round at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
Weber shot a 35-36, including three birdies, for an 18-hole round of 1-under 71 to put him on top in the 88-player field. This is Weber's third state appearance. Last season, he finished 12th by shooting 78-80-158 for the two-day event.
"Today, with on a course like this with bigger greens than we usually play, getting your shots near the stick is really important. Overall, he (Weber) made some good shots and good decisions," said Martin County West head coach Jeff Ross. "He played with what might be the three longest-hitting players in the tournament. He stuck to his game and controlled the ball."
NO. 1 AT THE TURN — Martin County West sophomore Cordell Weber watches his drive off the No. 1 tee box during first-round action in the Class A state golf meet Tuesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. Weber went on to fire a 1-under 71 to hold the overall lead in the boys portion of the tournament, with 18 more holes remaining today. Photo by Steve Muscatello/New Ulm Journal
Northeast Range's Sam Eisenhuth trails Weber by two shots - a 1-over 73 - going into today's final 18-hole round.
"Cordell is hitting the ball well and he knows where it's going. There will be a lot of pressure, but he knows that. It all depends on how he handles it," said Ross.
United South Central leads the Class A boys team standings by two strokes after outscoring Legacy Christian Academy, 327-329, on the first day.
Weber tees off with a two-stroke lead in the final foursome - Eisenhuth, Ortonville's Jade Hasslen and Mountain Lake Christian's Aaron Walzak at 12:16 p.m. - on Pebble Creek's White Course.
In the Class A girls golf meet at Pebble Creek in Becker, Granada-Huntley-East Chain's Chelsea Green is tied for 11th place - six strokes back of the leader, Legacy Christian Academy's Rachel Gray (82) after the first round of competition.
Green shot matching nine-hole scores of 44 to card an 88.
Martin County West's Logan Weber trails by nine strokes after shooting a 44-47-91 on Day 1. Weber is tied for 20th place overall.
"Logan played pretty well. She had some trouble on the greens and needs to get her approach a little closer to the stick. She hit some nice shots though and didn't get frustrated, so that was good," said Ross.
Defending state champion Lewiston-Altura leads the Class A girls team field going into the second day of state with a score of 361.
Green will tee off at 7:57 a.m. today on the White Course at Pebble Creek for her second round. Weber also will tee off at 7:57 a.m., but her second round will be on the Red Course at Pebble Creek.