BECKER, Minn. — Moorhead Park Christian senior Alex Iverson put a net up in his garage, so he could hit golf balls in the winter this year. The senior finished tied for 13th at last season's Minnesota Class 1A state boys golf meet.
"I felt like I was kind of under the radar, which I thought was good," Iverson said. "I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove."
He's on the radar now, as Iverson finished Day 1 of the state golf meet alone in second place thanks to a 2-over 74 at Pebble Creek Golf Club on Tuesday.
"He's striking the ball so well," Park Christian coach Luther Stueland said. "He made some good par saves today and had a couple of birdies. I'm excited to see what he does tomorrow.
"It was a working man's 74 today. There wasn't anything that came really easy. He had to work for it. He kept it in play and played smart shots. It was fun to watch."
The 74 puts him two strokes back of Community Christian sophomore Brett Reid and one stroke up on Springfield junior Mason Kretsch. Reid finished third last season, while Kretsch finished tied for 10th.
"Today, I just kind of tried to play it like it was another practice round or something like that," Iverson said. "I tried to play it like another tournament. Probably go in with the same mindset, same routines and just try to go low again tomorrow."
Lake Park-Audubon senior Tyler Svare is currently tied for sixth with a 78 in Class 1A. Fertile-Beltrami is in third place in the team standings with a 337 behind Community Christian's 328 and Springfield's 323.
On the girls side of the Class 1A meet, Park Christian is in third with a 363. The Falcons are 18 strokes off the lead, as BOLD sits with a 345 and defending champion Lac qui Parle Valley is in second with a 353.
Individually, Park Christian senior Emily Doeden is tied for sixth with a 13-over 85, six strokes off the lead. Lac qui Parle Valley junior has the lead with a 79.