Junior Golf: Coahran on the cusp of a title
Rain postpones MGA Boys' Junior Championship with New London-Spicer's Peyton Coahran tied for first place
SPICER — Peyton Coahran was rolling on his home course.
Tied for the lead after Day 1 of the 2022 Minnesota State Junior Boys’ Championship at Little Crow Country Club, Coahran carded birdies on the 12th and 13th holes of his round on Tuesday. Then, heavy rain hit the area, leaving the course unplayable and suspending the tournament.
Coahran, a 2022 New London-Spicer grad and future Winona State Warrior, is tied for first. Through 31 holes, Coahran is 3-under par. He’s tied with Kyler Schwamb of Southern Hills Golf Course in Farmington.
“I was really looking forward to (playing),” Coahran said. “I got off to a rough start … Then I came back after that and was kind of on a roll.
“It sucks that the weather’s doing what it’s doing, but I’ll come back tomorrow.”
The round resumes at 8 a.m. Wednesday back at Little Crow.
Before Coahran’s second round got started, he had to deal with the weather. His tee time was pushed from 1:30 p.m. to about 2:50 p.m. following a 1-hour, 20-minute rain delay.
“I just sat on my phone in the pro shot and just waited,” Coahran said.
Sitting in a four-way tie for first with a 2-under 70 on Monday, Day 2 started with some struggles for Coahran. He bogeyed holes 1, 2 and 4.
On No. 9, a 512-yard par-5, Coahran put together what he considered a “pretty standard eagle.” After his drive put him 180 yards away from the flag, he hit a 6-iron within seven feet of the pin, setting up the short putt.
“That was a big momentum shift; that was a big putt,” Coahran said. “I haven’t been making those shorter putts, so making that one really brought my confidence up. I was on a roll ever since.
From that point, Coahran made three birdies compared to one bogey. With five holes remaining, Coahran is 1-under par. After a 73 on Day 1, Schwamb is 4-under with three holes left in the second round.
“This is a tournament I’ve been looking forward to all summer,” Coahran said. “To get it done here with my family watching and everyone here knowing me, it would be a big accomplishment.”
Another NLS golfer, Noah Dietz, finished his round tied for 28th place. He put together a 77 on Tuesday for a two-day score of 151. Joey Wisocki, a Willmar golfer representing Eagle Creek Golf Club, finished in the top 50. He tied for 46th with a two-day 155.
MGA State Junior Boys’ Championship
(at Little Crow Country Club, Spicer)
TOP 10 — (t1) Kyler Schwamb, Southern Hills GC (through 15 holes); and Peyton Coahran, Little Crow CC (through 13 holes) 3-under … (t3) Rylin Petry, Legacy at Cragun’s (through 13 holes); and Jake Birdwell, TPC Twin Cities (through 13 holes) 2-under … (5) Ryan Stendahl, Rush Creek GC (through 13 holes) one-under … (t6) Owen Rexing, YOC Minnesota (final); and Jack Wetzel, Braemar GC (through 16 holes) even-par … (t8) Hogan Ordal, Willinger’s GC (final); Justin Luan, Stoneridge GC (through 16 holes); and Andrew Ramos, YOC Minnesota (through 13 holes) one-over
OTHER AREA GOLFERS — (t28) Noah Dietz, YOC Minnesota 74-77—151 … (t46) Joey Wisocki, Eagle Creek GC 77-78—155 … (t52) Carson Besonen, YOC Minnesota 79-77—156 … (67t) Blake Kath, Little Crow CC 81-79—160 … (t73) Nixon Harrier, YOC Minneota 80-81—161 … (t86) Palmer Dalton, Little Crow CC 83-81—164 … (94t) Gabe Truscinski, Little Crow CC 88-80—168 … (t97) Deiken Carruthers, Eagle Creek GC 88-81—169 … (t100) Aden Jacobson, Eagle Creek GC 89-81—170 … (t112) Jordan Gorans, Eagle Creek GC 91-85—176