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Cavanagh finishes in tie for eleventh at state meet

Head Coach Jeff Tweeton and Dan Cavanagh ponder an approach shot on the somewhat calm back nine during day two play at the state golf meet.1 / 3
Dan Cavanagh scrambles from a bad lie at the state golf meet. He finished in a tie for 11th place.2 / 3
Cavanagh tees off on a par three at the state golf meet.3 / 3

The Class 2A state boys' golf meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan was ended prematurely due to severe thunderstorms in the region. The tournament was ruled an 18-hole one, with the scores being used from Wednesday's first-round action.

After day one, Perham's Dan Cavanagh sat in a six-way tie for 11th place after carding a two-over 74.

Cavanagh got his opening round off to a smooth start sinking an eight-footer to save par on the difficult par-five first. He would shoot par on the front nine before giving up two strokes on the backside.

He sat in position to make a move on day two five shots back of Academy of Holy Angels Jake Erickson, who ended day one play on top of the leader board with a three-under 69.

But there would be little one could do to comeback on day two.

By early afternoon, when the boys teed off Thursday, the pins were bent in half by gusting winds, golf bags were tipping over and scores were soaring well over par.

"The wind was at least a four-stroke differential," Perham Coach Jeff Tweeton said.

It showed on Cavanagh's scorecard. The weather made bogey seem like par on many holes and Cavanagh scrambled to reach greens in regulation.

Cavanagh and the majority of the golfers did make it through their first nine holes Thursday, before storms rolled in. The clubhouse packed with golfers, coaches, family and media awaiting a break in the weather or a decision from tournament officials.

Ultimately, the weather, while not as nasty as the tornado action around home, was little in the way of acceptable for play.

Cavanagh's finish is a spike up from his past two appearances. He finished 80th in 2008 and 49th last year. All signs point to a top-ten finish as highly likely come 2011. With two years of eligibility remaining, the sky is the limit for his junior and senior seasons.

Orono won the state team title with a 292 with five of six golfers shooting in the 70s. Perham rival Detroit Lakes took fifth shooting a combined 315.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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