White Bear Lake boys golf had four players — Jake Paulson, Lleyton Roed, Joe Frattalone and Camden O’Malley — in the state Class 3A meet Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills.
Longtime coach Craig Nasvik noted that four individual qualifiers has happened only once before, other than years that the team qualified.
Paulson, a senior in his second state appearance, led the Bear group, shooting 38-44-82 on Tuesday and 38-37-75 on Wednesday for a 157 total that placed 51st.
Lleyton Roed, sophomore, shot 37-38-75 on Tuesday and 45-40-85 on Wednesday for a 160 total in 73rd place. It was Roed's second state tournament of the year; he also went in hockey.
Joe Frattalone, sophomore in his second state trip, shot 39-42-81 on Tuesday and 41-44-85 on Wednesday for a 166 total in 77th place.
Camden O’Malley, an eighth-grader, turned in scores of 43-44-87 and 44-44-88 or a 175 total in 88th place.
The Bears had an uneventful regular season, placing seventh of nine teams in the Suburban East Conference. It didn’t help that Paulson missed most of the season with a wrist injury from a fall during winter. But the Bears played their best golf at the section, placed second as a team behind runaway champion Stillwater, and had four boys qualify for state individually.
“Given this spring, with the inconsistent weather, postponements and rescheduling of events, it was very difficult to be anything towards our best day, until the section,” said Nasvik.