St. Peter’s Carter Doose and Kendall Nicolai teed off on hole 10 today at the 2019 State AA Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Prairie in Jordan at about 9 a.m. in a steady rain and played in rain all 18 holes which caused scores to rise.

Doose finished with a 36-38 (74) which puts him in a tie for 4th after day 1 and only 2 strokes behind leader Kyle Hickey from Rochester Lourdes and his even par 72.

“Carter started his round 2 over par after 6 holes, but bounced back nicely with 2 birdies in his last 3 holes to finish even par 36 on his 1st nine holes,” St. Peter coach Neil Doose said.

He then narrowly missed carding an eagle as he hit his 3rd shot to within 2 inches on the par 5 first hole for a tap-in birdie to go 1-under par. He then bogied 4 of his next 5 holes in the pouring rain to go to (+3) with 3 holes to play. His birdie on hole 8 dropped him to his finishing (+2) for the day. Carter had 33 putts, hit 3 fairways, and carded 14 GIR. He finished with 4 birdies and 8 pars as well.

Kendall Nicolai finished with a 41-42 (83). He is in 51st place out of 88 golfers and will look to climb into the top half tomorrow with a better round.

“Kendall was a strong (-1) after two holes but faltered during the next 3 holes with a triple, bogey and a double,” Coach Doose said. “Holes 12,13, and 14 are the toughest 3 hole stretch on this course and it got the best of him today. I know he will bounce back and look to play those 3 holes at even par tomorrow in round 2. Kendall birdied only 1 hole today and also finished with 10 pars. He tallied 35 putts, hit 7 fairways, and carded 10 GIR.

“I am so proud of both Carter and Kendall for playing in conditions like this in such a big event along with all the nerves and stress of playing in a state tournament. Rainy, breezy and cool temperatures all 18 holes led to higher scores overall and these two young men represented the city of St. Peter very well. Greens were quite fast for all this rain, and some of the pin placement were very challenging, but both boys handled the short stick reasonably well.”

Nicolai tees off hole No. 1 at 7:39 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday), while Doose hits the links at 8:06 a.m., also off hole No. 1 as he competes for a medal at this year’s event.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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