Brackey finishes 5 strokes away from state tourney bid

Published 9:50 am Friday, June 4, 2010

A historic season of boys’ golf ended Thursday with a sixth place finish in the Section 1AAA Tournament.

Tyler Brackey, who began day two in a good position to qualify individually for the state tournament, finished five strokes back of the cut with a 161 total.

Sophmore Brady Falk shot a team best 77 for day two and finished with 160 total, the lowest score on the team.

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“I’m proud of Falk,” head coach Riley Worth said. “He learned a lot playing so many rounds this year, and he learned a lot from the seniors.”

Sam Matheson finished with the third lowest tournament score for Albert Lea with 162, followed by Tyler Haaland with 167, Casey Marka with 170 and Nate Stadheim with 176.

The golfers’ approach to day two differed from day one as Worth encouraged the team to play aggressively and try to qualify for state individually.

“That may have had something to do with higher scores,” Worth said of the strategy. “When you push yourself sometimes you get great results but you’re also more susceptible to high scores.”

Regardless, Worth, or the players, won’t soon forget the Big Nine championship they won this spring.

“We’ve done so many great things this year,” Worth said. “We just didn’t have it today.”