Virginia golfer shares Class AA state title
Andrew Sederlund may have been four shots behind, but the Virginia senior had one distinct advantage going into the final nine holes at the Class AA state golf championship Wednesday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.
He was in the final foursome with front-runner Andrew Israelson, a Staples-Motley sophomore.
Sederlund erased a four-stroke deficit over the final six holes to tie Israelson and Mankato East sophomore Carter Haley for the state title, with all three shooting a 36-hole total of 144. Sederlund shot par 72 on Tuesday and Wednesday but saved his best for last.
“That was the most pressure-packed situation for a high school kid, and the way Andrew handled it was pretty impressive,” Virginia boys golf coach Kerry Bidle said. “He could have even done better, but under those circumstances he performed above and beyond.”
Providence Academy won the team championship with a 26-over 602 to win by 10 strokes. Virginia, the Section 7AA champion, finished with a 635 to place sixth.
Sederlund shot a 3-under 33 on the back nine to become Virginia’s third individual state golf champion and first since Casey Hill led the Blue Devils to the team championship in 2007. No tiebreakers are used at the high school level.
Sederlund’s shot of the day occurred on his 14th hole, a 190-yard par 3 into the wind that Sederlund nearly aced. He even took the lead with one hole to play before Israelson rebounded to salvage a share of the title.
“I started the final nine with two straight birdies and nearly birdied the third,” Sederlund said by cell phone. “I just kept hitting it right next to the hole. It made it easy to make putts. I think the longest one I had was 8 feet. It was a perfect day for scoring and I took advantage of it. The pressure was all on him.”
Sederlund plans on attending Division III St. Scholastica, which doesn’t have a golf program. That could change after Wednesday.
Bidle joked that golf is 90 percent mental and the rest is in your head, something the even-keeled Sederlund excels at.
“When the scoreboard went final and Andrew knew he was a state champ, we did get a little smile out of him,” Bidle said, laughing.
- The Northland’s next-best finisher was North Woods sophomore Spencer Viita, who shot an 84-77—161 to finish tied for 11th among Class A boys at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minn.
‘POLLING’ FOR HEGGERSTON
Congressman Rick Nolan couldn’t attend the Class AA girls tournament since a meeting with President Obama occupied his time Tuesday.
The Minnesota Eighth District representative had keen interest in the outcome, however, even calling the News Tribune on Wednesday to make sure everyone was aware his granddaughter, Maggie Heggerston of Pequot Lakes, won a state title.
Heggerston, a junior, shot 73-70—143 to tie Detroit Lakes junior Kate Smith for the individual title at Sand Creek. That was far off the girls state-record 62 she shot to win Section 7AA at Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids, but enough to share medalist honors.
“I introduced her to golf years ago,” Nolan said. “Of course, I had to bribe her with candy and ice cream, but she took a liking to the sport and obviously she’s done pretty well with it.”
Heggerston’s performance wasn’t enough to lift Pequot Lakes to the team title as the Patriots finished a distant second to Detroit Lakes, a juggernaut which had four golfers finish in the top six.