The Orono boys’ golf team’s season ended May 31 at The Ridges at Sand Creek. The move to the 6AAA section proved to be a challenging task.
The Spartans finished the first day of competition in third place behind Minnetonka (298) and Wayzata (304). Orono’s 312 (Dan Lensing, Max Mason, and Koller Adzick-76 and Alex Greenagel 84) placed them three strokes ahead of Edina (315). By Thursday, the gusting winds of Tuesday had died down and scores dropped.
Orono shot a season low 304 (Lensing 73, Mason 74, Adzick 78,and Cam Knutsen 79). Minnetonka took advantage of the perfect conditions and shot even par-288-to clinch the section title with a two-day total of 586. Orono fell to fourth place with a 616 total.
The real drama was in the individual race to finish as a top five qualifier. Adzick’s 78, the victim of two doubles and one triple bogey, put him at 154. Max Mason put together a solid round of 74 including two birdies and an eagle. However, four three putts including his last one on 18 left him at 150, one stroke out of a playoff for the final spots. Lensing birdied holes 17 and 18 to shoot a 73, a 149 two-day total. Dan then faced a four-man playoff for three spots in the state tournament. His par on the first playoff hole ended a long day for Lensing who nursed a stress fracture in his foot. It will be Lensing’s third straight trip to state, but his first as an individual.
After the awards ceremony, Orono Coach Doug Erickson expressed his mixed feelings. "We learned how tough we will have to be next year to compete at this level. Max and Koller were so close to joining Dan. Dan showed incredible toughness battling the injury and making two tricky putts on 17 and 18 knowing that state was on the line."
Orono celebrated the end of the regular season with a banquet on June 2. Lensing, Adzick, and Mason were recognized for their all conference performances. Lensing, the 2012 captain, was also given the MVP award for the lowest scoring average during the season. Lensing will play at Bunker Hills on June 12 and 13 at the AAA state tournament.