BECKER - The math for state golf was as tense as any test at school.
With the final group waiting to come in, Community Christian School of Willmar was waiting to see if they were able to overcome a five-stroke lead from Springfield after Day 1 of the Class A state golf championship.
"On the back nine, we knew we had a good chance," said Eagles sophomore Brett Reid, who won the state individual title. "The last few holes, we especially felt good."
Still, until the numbers got on the board, CCS was sweating a little bit.
"It was so nerve-wracking. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time," said senior Zac Patock.
As the final numbers were filled in, CCS got the news they were waiting all spring for: They were the kings of Class A.
"Once we heard it, it was hugs all around," Patock said. "And to do it for our school, which is such a small school, it's even more special because it means so much to them."
With a 327 Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club, the Eagles finished the championship with a two-day total of 655, beating Springfield by three strokes.
"The first day, everybody was really concerned about their own individual score," said CCS head coach Chris Reid. "Being down five, we thought we were in it and in a good spot. We got six scorers that can count and we've used all six this year. Everybody thought their score could count. So even if they were playing poorly or were disappointed in their individual score, they kept it together for the team."
And after three previous tries, Brett Reid finally won the Class A individual title with a two-day 145, beating Lac qui Parle Valley's Harrison Patzer by four strokes.
"All the work has finally paid off," Brett said. "I just had a conservative approach and tried to get hot with the putter. Just don't make any big mistakes. And I was able to avoid them."
In the last three state trips, Brett finished fourth, seventh and fourth.
"My wife was crying and I was borderline (crying)," said Chris, Brett's father. "In his first year, we thought there was an outside chance. The second and third, there was disappointment that he didn't win. It's really hard to win when you're expected to win. Him and Harrison battled in conference during the year so we were blessed to have not only that team (LQPV) but Harrison as an individual to battle against."
Patock and Greg Reid had 84s on Wednesday while Duke Snyder helped with an 86.
"I just had some better shots and better chips," said Patock, who shaved two strokes off his Day 1 score. "Ball striking kept me in it through the day."
While finishing in second overall, Patzer had the top round on Day 2 with an even-par 72.
"I was putting really good today and that hasn't been happening lately," Patzer said. "It helped with my confidence. It helped with my driver. I hit every fairway, it seemed like."
As a team, LQPV finished in a tie for third place with Fertile-Beltrami with 676. Henry Roth helped with an 83 while Tanner Buffington and Austin Kallhoff had 85 and 94, respectively.
"Today went well," said LQPV head coach Barry Besonen. "Yesterday was tough. We had a lot of penalty shots and mistakes we shouldn't have been making and put ourselves in a hole. Everyone stepped up and Harrison played a career round. He pulled us and took us along for the ride."
Class A championship
At Pebble Creek Golf Club, Becker
(1) Community Christian School of Willmar 328-327--655 (2) Springfield 323-335--658 (T-3) Lac qui Parle Valley 345-331--676 (T-3) Fertile-Beltrami 337-339--676 (5) Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte 351-341--692 (6) North Woods 353-346--699 (7) Bethlehem Academy 372-366--738 (8) Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 373-381--754
TOP THREE - (1) Brett Reid, CCS, 72-73--145 (2) Harrison Patzer, LQPV, 77-72--149 (3) Alex Iverson, Park Christian, 74-80--154
CCS - (1) B. Reid 72-73--145 (T-23) Greg Reid 84-84--168 (T-26) Zac Patock 86-84--170 (39) Karl Chapin 86-88--174 (T-40) Duke Snyder 89-86--175 (T-49) Daniel Reid 88-90--178
LQPV - (2) Patzer 77-72--149 (16) Henry Roth 81-83--164 (T-49) Tanner Buffington 93-85--178 (T-58) Austin Kallhoff 94-91--185 (86) Jordan Jahn 122-130--252
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - (T-35) Brennen Arndt 86-86--172
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - (57) Sam Ohliger 94-89--183