Arvig to make first state golf appearance
Sophomore Evan Arvig will be joining teammate and good friend Dan Cavanagh on the guy's side of the state golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek, in Jordan, Minn., Wednesday and Thursday, June 15-16.
"Dan and I are best friends," Arvig said, "We do everything together."
The duo has practiced the game of golf together since childhood.
"It's been our goal the last three years to get to state; I just haven't made it."
Like it's an easy task to make it to the state tournament when one is in middle school.
But that kind of confidence is what will make or break a golfer at the Jordan golf course.
"I knew I had a good shot at the tournament this year," Arvig said. "I practiced so much and have been playing a long time."
Arvig joins a youth movement on the Perham boys golf team, led by Cavanagh, who is a junior and will get another crack at the state title next year.
"Our team had a chance too, this year. We're all pretty young."
At season's end, the top six Perham golfers consisted of two freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors, leading up to a 2012 team that should be loaded and ready to make a run at a section title and state team berth.
Arvig and Cavanagh got an extra round of practice in at Ridges of Sand Creek Sunday thanks to Dan's father Bob, who flew the two down for a good look at the upcoming 18 holes.
Dan imparted some advice from his three trips to state.
"He told me to keep it out of my head and don't think about it too much."
Head Coach Jeff Tweeton had similar advice as well as his unique way of motivating his players.
"He said about the same thing, 'don't think about it too much.' It's all mental. He's (Tweeton) been riding us the entire year to start getting our game together."
Arvig has been working at completing his game since he started golfing at three years of age.
"I had about a 10-year-old set of clubs too long for me and had to choke down on them."
He and Cavanagh grew up playing Lakeside Golf Club since they were youngsters.
Arvig made his move early this season and continued to impress finishing above Cavanagh in multiple tournaments.
His top finish was winning the Heart O' Lakes Conference meet in Hawley, where he came two strokes from tying the course record of 63.
"I started out hot in Hawley," Arvig said.
He chipped in for eagle from 40 yards out on his first hole.
"Things stayed good all day. I was putting well. I wavered a bit toward the end. Chunked one and missed a four-footer on the third to last hole. Chunked two wedges in a row to bogey the second to last and missed a four-footer for par on the final hole."
Arvig won the event shooting a fantastic 65 on way to defeating defending 1A state champion Beau Hanson, of Frazee, by a stroke.
Golf has its way of teaching humility and that goes a long way with confidence on the hilly and multi-layout set-up of Ridges of Sand Creek.
The golf course is spread out over 170 acres with 11 holes carved through the woods below a ridge and the other seven holes laid out links-style on the upper portion of the property.
"I thought it was great," Arvig said of his recent trip to Jordan. "There are a lot of beautiful holes where there is no room for error."
Both Arvig and Cavanagh, along with teammates from the girls team, Holly Karkela and Kaylan Huber, both veterans of the event, will head down to Jordan to get in Tuesday's official practice rounds before tournament play begins on Wednesday.
"I'm excited," Arvig said. "Not nervous yet. I've been practicing a lot."
All four Perham golfers have a chance at making top-10 finishes and possibly flirting with the title.
"Dan and I both, if we play our best, there's nothing to hold us back," he said. "It's all about how I think about it. I think Dan will do really well this year. He's got the experience I don't have."
Arvig and Cavanagh are scheduled for 8:51 a.m. tee times on Wednesday, June 15. Cavanagh will begin on the back nine, while Arvig gets the traditional start on hole number one.