Elk River’s Brady Holland, a soon-to-be junior high school student and golfer, put himself in the running for a spot in the PGA 3M Open at TPC Golf Course in Blaine, but fell just short in an impressive finish at the 3M Open Qualifying round at Victory Links Golf Course on July 1. Holland shot 2-under par (69), finishing tied for 36th overall in a 64-player field mostly made up of PGA professionals and top college golfers.
Holland made the cut for the qualifying round by shooting a 4-under par at Victory Links in a pre-qualifier on June 26, setting himself up for an opportunity to play against the likes of professional golfers Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Patrick Reed with a top five showing in the qualifying round. Holland ended up only five strokes back of the top five.
Nevertheless, it was still a superb outing for the high school golfer, who was the Elk River golf team’s top golfer as a sophomore. He also earned All-State honors and led the Elks to their fourth straight state tournament. He figures to be Elk River’s top golfer next season.
The 3M Open is set to take place July 4-7.
Haack, Morrell crush competition at NWSC tennis tourneys
Soon-to-be Elk River seniors Lydia Haack and Stewart Morrell dominated the Northwest Suburban Conference high school summer tennis tournaments at Elk River High School over the past couple of weeks.
Haack and partner Kaitlin Tran won three matches to claim the doubles title on June 17 before Haack came back the next day to win four matches en route to a singles title in a 25-player field. On the boys side, Stewart Morrell won the singles title in a 42-player field on June 25 and was the runner-up in doubles with Adam Boeckermann on June 24. Joey Eberle and Matthew Gearou claimed the doubles crown.
Elk River’s Paige Anderson and Olivia Grev were runner-ups in the girls doubles tourney, while Anderson also took third in the singles tourney. Greta Gillach was runner-up in singles.
Jacob Zacharias of Cambridge-Isanti was the runner-up in the boys singles tourney.