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Day two spells trouble for Perham state golfers

Evan Arvig birdied the second hole in his opening round of the state golf tournament.1 / 5
Dan Cavanagh makes a save with a nice bunker shot on 17.2 / 5
Kaylan Huber nearly sank this chip on the par-three 11th hole.3 / 5
Holly Karkela hit the green on the par three fifth hole. She two-putted for par.4 / 5
The Detroit Lakes boys golf team jumps into the 18th green pond in celebration of the 2011 2A state boys golf championship. Photo by Bob Williams5 / 5

Dan Cavanagh and Holly Karkela both put up top-10 finishes on day one but neither was able to put up numbers necessary to stay there on day two.

Cavanagh, a junior, finished in a four-way tie for 28th place in his fourth appearance at state shooting a total score of 154.

"Overall, I played pretty well the first day and kind of lost track the second day," Cavanagh said.

Karkela ended her Yellowjacket golf career in a three-way tie for 14th place. Karkela used four consistent rounds of 40-41 and 41-42 to total 164.

"I'd like to have done better but that's just the way it goes," she said.

Evan Arvig, in his first appearance, placed 53rd with a four-round total score of 162.

"It was great," Arvig said. "I had quite a bit of fun despite not playing very well. I know what I need to do for next year."

Kaylan Huber, in her second consecutive trip to Ridges at Sand Creek, had the best finish of her career placing 38th with a final tally of 178. She finished in sole possession of the 38th spot.

"It was really fun," she said. "I didn't play as well as I wanted to."

Cavanagh and Arvig teed off first on day one in a light, morning drizzle Wednesday.

Tee times were delayed 30 minutes due to morning showers.

Cavanagh started on hole 10. Arvig started on one and his first drive at the state tournament found the middle of the fairway and he approached to a lengthy uphill putt for birdie. He tapped in for par.

On the second hole, Arvig put his numbers in the red out-driving his two opponents and hitting his approach pin-high 10-feet away. He sunk his birdie putt to go one under par.

Arvig was playing in a threesome, due to Michael Roedl, the missing member of the scheduled foursome, having to miss the tournament due to an appendectomy.

On the par three third hole, Arvig's tee shot landed pin high but eight feet right of the green. He had about eight feet of green to work with and chipped to a tap-in for par.

An already lengthy course was playing even longer due to the rain.

"You hardly ever see anyone go long here," Head Coach Jeff Tweeton said.

After his hot start, Arvig ran into a few bad bounces and hazards got in the way. A sand trap, smoothed by the rain, ran Arvig's ball deep through the trap near the lip. What could have been a ball easily putted from the trap added a stroke just to get it out of the sand, away from the lip, and turned into a double bogey moving Arvig back to one over.

"He's hitting the ball well," Tweeton said. "Hopefully, he'll hang in there on the second side."

A tree got in the way on the par four sixth causing Arvig to punch out to the fairway. A bad kick off the tree sent it deeper into the rough, rather than anywhere near the fairway. A solid nine-iron came up short and Arvig ran his chip past the hole and scored a seven.

"I was in the bunker stuck on the lip. Nothing I could do. Took a double. Three putted for triple on the next hole. I pulled it into the woods."

Arvig went out with a six-over 32.

"I got in my own head too much" Arvig said. "I put too much pressure on myself."

Cavanagh finished his opening nine on the backside par, par, birdie to come in near the top of the leader board with a one-over 37.

Cavanagh hit a provisional ball on the par five 16th hole. His original ball was in the rough and playable with a small tree altering his shot. He pounded a long iron to a viable chip and parred easily.

On 17, a 154-yard par three, his tee shot found the trap left of the green near pin-high. A great bunker shot left Cavanagh with a five-footer for par, which he made center cup.

"I was just thinking I have to play good tomorrow, shoot even and be in contention," Cavanagh said.

A long second shot on the par five 18th put Cavanagh in birdie range after a chip from the fringe. He birdied to drop to one-over.

"Dan was shooting well," Tweeton said.

Cavanagh lit up the front side shooting a two-under 34 to finish day one play in second place one stroke behind Max Deutz, of Marshall. Arvig shot a one-under 35 on the backside to place 28th with a 77.

The girls were delayed on the front nine of day one due to a severe thunderstorm warning in the Jordan area. Course officials blew the horn and removed players and spectators from the course.

Huber was off to a hot start on the backside with four straight pars. Huber's par putts on 10, 11 and 12 were tap-ins.

The wait was lengthy and both Perham girls golfers found themselves battling the darkness as the 10 o'clock hour approached.

"I think I was just getting tired and was scared we weren't going to finish," Huber said.

"We wanted to get done," Karkela said.

Karkela was one over after four holes on the front nine. On five, a 122-yard par three, she hit the green within birdie range and two-putted for par. On six, she found trouble in the gully protecting the green but was able to get her ball out of the mess and save bogey with a nice seven-foot putt before the severe weather horn was sounded.

Karkela, playing in the final group, did not get off the course until nightfall. Members of her foursome were asked continually by MSHSL officials during the round if they wanted to continue and all four chose to do so. Had they retired for the evening, they would have been first on the course early in the morning on day two of the state championship.

Karkela was in contention at the end of the first day six strokes back of the leader, Kaylee Benson, and joined a number of fellow Section 8 golfers in the top 10.

Huber, after an impressive four-par start, fell back to 53rd place shooting a 94.

Max Deutz, of Marshall, and Perham's Cavanagh were one-two after day one. But after day two, Deutz walked away with the state championship.

"Day two was kind of a disappointment," Cavanagh said. "I thought my game was going well into the second day but I hit range balls and felt kind of shaky and not where I wanted to be."

A rough eight-over front nine score of 44 for Cavanagh plummeted his place in the standings. He shot a three-over 39 on the back nine to finish 85 on day two. Combined with his day one score of 71, Cavanagh finished in a four-way tie for 28th place with Clay Curwin, of Shattuck Saint Mary's, CJ Haukom of Marshall, and Andy Aukes of Blue Earth Area.

Arvig shot a three-over 39 on the front side and had some work to do on the backside scrambling for a 10-over 46. He shot a total score of 162 for the tournament finishing in a six-way tie for 53rd place with Trent Hagenson of Staples-Motely, Jack Schnettler of Blake, Pequot Lakes' Levi Espeseth, Hermantown's Taylor Sundbom and Tyler Baukol of Detroit Lakes.

Teeing off in the morning gave the guys a number of different conditions from wet, rainy with slow greens to a hot breeze and slick greens on day two.

"It played tougher day two and the pins were in tough spots," Arvig said. "Day two got kind of hot and the wind kicked in and the greens were rolling fast. Insanely fast, I thought. If you missed the cup you're six feet past and there was nothing you could do."

In boys team action, Detroit Lakes took the state title by two strokes over Marshall shooting a combined 606. Marshall was second at 608. Staples-Motley and Orono tied for third four strokes back of the Lakers with scores of 610. The title is the second for Detroit Lakes.

Karkela was her usually consistent self but was obviously frustrated with her play on day two.

She finished a very respectable 14th place out of 88 golfers.

Huber, after shooting a dismal 52 on the front side of day one and a 42 on the back rallied day two with a 43 and 41 to jump up 15 spots in the final standings for her 38th place finish.

"It was a pretty successful year," she said. "It was a good way to go out of high school."

Huber will be moving on to the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, where she is pondering continuing her golf career.

"I haven't made up my mind yet."

Karkela will attend Concordia College, in Moorhead, where she plans to be involved with the golf team.

"I just wanted to say how proud I am of Holly and Kaylan and all the hard work and effort that they put in this season to finish their careers," Head Coach Cory Solberg said. "Kaylan is such a great natural athlete it was awesome to see her come back with a good score on the second day, after a tough first round on Wednesday. Holly had a great two days ending with a tie for 14th place, that gives her a second straight year with a top 15 finish. She is the most decorated golfer in my tenure at PHS. I know she will go on to have a great college career."

"He's a great coach," Karkela said. "I've been with him for six years and it's going to be weird not having him there. He was always there on the course and tried to keep me thinking positive and get over the bad shots."

"Besides being great golfers, they are both fantastic people," Solberg said. "I am honored to have had them in our golf program for six years."

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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