Karkela, Huber finish season strong
Holly Karkela and Kaylan Huber both had ups and downs during the state golf meet and had plenty of ups and downs to traverse at hilly and windswept Ridges at Sand Creek golf course.
Karkela carded an impressive 162 for sole possession of 7th place, shooting 39, 42, 41 and 40.
Shooting 81s on consecutive days with opposing weather showed the mental strength Karkela needed to crack the top ten. She garnered numerous compliments from the gallery following her foursome along with praise from her coach.
"Holly had a few chips she'd take back, but other than that, she had excellent rounds," Head Coach Cory Solberg said.
Huber finished day one in 38th place after shooting 47 and 43.
"Kaylan put together a nice string of pars. Both golfers had a fantastic day," Solberg said.
The course was measured as a 5.5-mile long and hilly walk and with the strenuous weather it made for arduous golfing. Combine that with a rough that spun club heads and was a real pain, to shoot under 100 seemed quite a feat.
"You're lucky to pull off a miracle out of that rough," Solberg said.
Huber was contemplative after her first nine on day one but rather quiet about her opening round simply saying, 'It was all right."
Starting play on the 10th hole, she parred 10, before running into trouble on the next four holes. But she would go out on a streak of four pars.
On the front nine, she battled the gully protecting the green on the par-four sixth surrendering a snowman on the hole after a nice par three on number five. Day two was a bit more troubling. The weather added strokes to everyone's card. Huber ended the tournament shooting 51 and 49.
Although, following Holly Karkela, it was difficult to notice any difficulties she was having with winds, which were ridiculous at times.
"I'm pretty happy with how I played," she said.
Karkela had wishes of better scores, but little can be taken away from her effort.
"I'm just happy to get here this year," she said. "I was hoping for 78 or 79 and I wish I could have knocked a few more putts in."
Karkela amazingly flirted with birdie on the final six holes of play on day two, as the winds began to pick up., ultimately shooting par on six of the final seven holes.
She finished 12 shots behind Allie Ostrander and Sarah Roering of Minnewaska, who both shot 150 and led Minnewaska to the state 2A team title.
This was Huber's first appearance at the state meet. Karkela improves on her finish of 31st last year and her finish of 78th as an eighth-grader.
As juniors this year, both golfers seem on the tee box for another drive at the state tournament next year.