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Junior golf: Coahran clinches MGA Boys' Championship

NLS grad finishes last five holes strong to win at Little Crow CC

Peyton Coahran putts on hole No. 1 of the Pines Course at Little Crow Golf Resort in Spicer during Day 2 of the 2022 Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Peyton Coahran putts on hole No. 1 of the Pines Course at Little Crow Golf Resort in Spicer during Day 2 of the 2022 Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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SPICER — Peyton Coahran took advantage of playing in the comfy confines of Little Crow Country Club.

After Day 2 of the Minnesota Golf Association State Junior Boys’ Championship was suspended due to rain, Coahran was tied for first place with five holes to play. The tournament resumed Wednesday morning.

Coahran admitted there was some nerves prior to teeing off on hole No. 14. But, "It helped to sleep in my own bed and having the comfort of playing my home course and having my family there."

Coahran, a 2022 New London-Spicer High School graduate, carded two birdies in those final five holes to finish with a 3-under 69. His two-day score of 139 was enough to win the tournament by two strokes.

"It was big, to be honest," Coahran said. "I've kind of struggled this summer and haven't played my best golf. To come to my home course and win, it's really rewarding. I've put a lot of hard work in. It feels really special."

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On the back-nine, Coahran scored six birdies — including four on Day 2 — compared to one bogey over the tournament.

He can't explain why exactly, but Coahran has continuously found success on the nine-hole Pines course at Little Crow.

"Pines is definitely my favorite; it's always been my favorite nine," he said. "I shoot better scores there consistently; every hole suits me."

On Wednesday, Coahran chipped in from 15-to-20 feet out to birdie No. 16, a 369-yard par-4. He followed up with another birdie on No. 17, a 350-yard par-4.

"After I made that one (on 16), I knew I had a good chance if I played solid the last two holes," Coahran said. "I got another birdie on 17, so I knew I just had to play par on 18."

Coahran has one more tournament to play this summer — at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska on Aug. 1-2 — before heading to Winona State University in mid-August. He'll play golf at the next level for the Warriors.

Peyton Coahran, front, and caddy Griffin Duininck look on at hole No. 2 of the Pines Course at Little Crow Golf Resort in Spicer during Day 2 of the 2022 Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Peyton Coahran, front, and caddy Griffin Duininck look on at hole No. 2 of the Pines Course at Little Crow Golf Resort in Spicer during Day 2 of the 2022 Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Rylin Petry, a 2022 Fertile-Beltrami grad, finished second with 141. Petry was the medalist at the 2021 MSHSL Class A state tournament and is committed to play golf at Bemidji State.

Tied with Coahran when play was suspended Tuesday, Kyler Schwamb finished in a tie for third with Ryan Stendahl with 142s. Schwamb will be a senior at Farmington High School. Stendahl will be a junior at Maple Grove.

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MGA State Junior Boys’ Championship

(at Little Crow Country Club, Spicer)

TOP 10 — (1) Peyton Coahran, Little Crow CC, 70-69—139 … (2) Rylin Petry, Legacy at Cragun’s, 70-71—141 … (t3) Kyler Schwamb, Southern Hills GC, 73-69—142; and Ryan Stendahl, Rush Creek GC 77-65—142 … (t5) Jack Wetzel, Braemar GC, 72-71—143; and Jake Birdwell, TPC Twin Cities, 70-73—143 … (7) Owen Rexing, YOC Minnesota 76-68—144 … (t8) Hogan Ordal, Willinger’s GC 74-71—145; and Justin Luan, Stoneridge GC 72-73—145 … (t10) Kagan Kollar, YOC Minnesota, 75-71—146; Evan Raiche, Brackett’s Crossing, 74-72—146; and Andrew Ramos, YOC Minnesota, 70-76—146
OTHER AREA GOLFERS — (t28) Noah Dietz, YOC Minnesota 74-77—151 … (t45) Joey Wisocki, Eagle Creek GC 77-78—155 … (t52) Carson Besonen, YOC Minnesota 79-77—156 … (t66) Blake Kath, Little Crow CC 81-79—160 … (t72) Nixon Harrier, YOC Minnesota 80-81—161 … (t85) Palmer Dalton, Little Crow CC 83-81—164 … (t93) Gabe Truscinski, Little Crow CC 88-80—168 … (t96) Deiken Carruthers, Eagle Creek GC 88-81—169 … (t99) Aden Jacobson, Eagle Creek GC 89-81—170 … (t111) Jordan Gorans, Eagle Creek GC 91-85—176

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