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Boys Golf: Fourth place leaves a bit of frustration for Alexandria

Alexandria senior Noah Boraas watches his putt at the Class AAA state meet on Wednesday. Boraas shot a 149 to tie teammate Braeden Sladek for the team lead and finish tied for 12th overall. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)1 / 6
Alexandria eighth-grader Braeden Sladek grabs his putter during the Class AAA state tournament at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Coon Rapids on Wednesday. Sladek tied senior Noah Boraas for the team lead after shooting a two-day score of 149. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)2 / 6
Alexandria's Grant Rebrovich watches his tee shot during the Class AAA state tournament on Wednesday. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)3 / 6
Alexandria's Hunter Rebrovich chips from just off the green at the Class AAA state meet on Wednesday. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)4 / 6
Alexandria's Joe Bigger watches his tee shot during Wednesday's Class AAA state meet. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)5 / 6
Alexandria's Wyatt Cavers chips from around the green during Wednesday's Class AAA state tournament. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)6 / 6

Alexandria senior Hunter Rebrovich’s final round for the Cardinals and the way he summed things up afterwards was a good description of not only the last two days for this team, but of this season as a whole.

It wasn’t how they wanted to finish. Rebrovich shot a team-low score of 74 on Tuesday but fell off on Wednesday with an 89 for a two-day 163. Even after a disappointing ending, he was able to look at the big picture for this team after the Cardinals finished fourth overall at the Class AAA state meet.   

“Any time we get to play at Bunker Hills is a time we shouldn’t take for granted,” Rebrovich said. “I made friends and memories with all of these guys. It was an unforgettable year. It just didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”

For most schools, a fourth place finish in Class AAA is enough to warrant a celebration. For the Cardinals, they see it as an opportunity to motivate.

Alexandria came into the tournament with clear-cut goals of winning a title, but it was Edina that brought home that honor by holding off Waconia by two strokes.  

“This group of kids worked very hard from the start of the season until the end,” head coach Brady Swedberg said. “It wasn’t our best day today and other teams had a really good day. I think we can use this experience as motivation to get back here. We can use this for the conference and the section next year because there’s a lot of great golfers coming back.”

Edina took the top spot with a team score of 595. Stillwater senior Brock Winter shot a two-day score of 143 to earn the individual state championship. Braeden Sladek and Noah Boraas led Alexandria after each tied for 12th with a score of 149. Grant Rebrovich (160), Joe Bigger (160) and Wyatt Cavers (168) rounded out the Alexandria lineup.

“It was a tough two days,” Swedberg said. “I think Noah and Braeden were solid both days. Overall, it wasn’t out best. That’s golf and golf is tough. They were ready and they were prepared. They didn’t have their best unfortunately.”

At the 2018 state tournament, the Cardinals finished tied for second with St. Thomas Academy with a score of 600. At the start of the 2019 season, Rebrovich’s expectations were high with five of those six players coming back.

“Our goal was to make it back here and that’s what we did,” Rebrovich said. “We thought we could’ve done better. It’s not the way we wanted the season to end, but we made it back and that’s something to be proud of at the end of the day.”

Rebrovich and Boraas graduated and are heading off to the collegiate level. Rebrovich will play for the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks, while Boraas is committed to play for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Everyone else who played for the Cardinals at state will be back to make another run at things next season.  

“Those two guys have been leaders of this program for the past couple years,” Swedberg said of his seniors. “Both of them are college golfers, and we have more college golfers on this team. Right now, it doesn’t feel good but they’ll get over it in a few days. That’s golf.”

TEAM SCORES- 1st- Edina 595, 2nd- Waconia 597, 3rd- St. Thomas Academy 603; 4th- Alexandria 611; 5th- Elk River 618; 6th- Lakeville South 619; 7th- Maple Grove 618; Stillwater 620

ALEXANDRIA SCORES- Noah Boraas - t-12th, 149; Braden Sladek - t-12th, 149; Grant Rebrovich - t-53rd, 160; Joe Bigger - t-53rd, 160; Hunter Rebrovich - t-65th, 163; Wyatt Cavers - t-79th, 168

Jared Rubado

Jared is a graduate of Augustana University with a degree in journalism and sport management. Jared is a long-time Minnesota sports fan who, for some reason, still has never seen any of his favorite teams win a championship. He is also a movie fanatic. His favorite kind of movies are comic book films and musicals. Jared is from Brainerd, Minnesota and played sports growing up. He was a goalie for his high school hockey team. Jared is excited to contribute to the community of Douglas County and is looking forward to meeting many of you. 

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