Ellie Johnson finished the second day of the Class A Girls Golf State Tournament at the Pebble Creek Golf Course near Becker, MN with three pars to finish with an 18 hole score of 50-48 98.
The 98 matched her first day score.
Ellie had stretches of very impressive golf. On the first day Ellie started with an 8 on a par 4 and then shot only five over on the next 8 holes for a 45 on her first 9. On the second nine, she ran into some trouble before getting back on track to finish bogey- bogey for a 53. It was challenging golf as she had to make adjustments for both the windy conditions and the very slow play. Her playing partners struggled on the front nine when Ellie was playing well; the slow play seemed to affect Ellie’s rhythm. A normal 18 hole round of 4 to 4 ½ hours took 5 hours and 45 minutes to play. Ellie was in 41st place out of 88 golfers after the first day. Her second day score of 98 seemed better considering another day with strong winds. She moved up to finish in 38th place for the tournament. The gallery, including teammates and family, witnessed Ellie’s ability to hit great shots. She hit three of the four par 3 greens with her T shots on the second day and also showed off her great length as she hit a 300 yard drive down the middle of the fairway on her last hole. She scored pars on the last three holes of the tournament.
Final team results for Class A:
BOLD 704, Park Christian 705, Lac qui Parle Valley 720, Caledonia 757, Badger Greenbush-MR 758, North Woods 800, Murray County Central 800, Filmore Central 812, and Janesville – Waldorf – P. 927.
Top Individuals for Class A:
Rachel Halverson (JR) Lac qui Parle Valley 79-81 160
Madison Scheevel (SR) Fillmore Central 82-79 161
Emily Doeden, Park Christian 85-77 162
Ellie, a junior, accomplished a very difficult task of returning to the State tournament.
“Ellie fought through some golf struggles this spring and worked very hard to get her game back to a State tournament level. We coaches are very proud of her attitude and effort,” said Coach Brian Evenson.
Evenson and Assistant Coach John Eidsness are the PRHS Girls’ Golf Coaches.
Ellie is the seventh girl in Pelican Rapids history to play in more than one State tournament. Ellie has one more year to hopefully add to that number, noted Evenson.