Resorters golf: Boraas adds to an impressive resume after Women's championship
Alexandria Area High School senior beats field full of college golfers.
ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria’s Hannah Boraas has played in and won plenty of big golf tournaments over the course of her young career already, and what she accomplished this past Saturday was right up there as one of the most memorable tournaments she has been a part of.
The soon-to-be senior in high school has been a part of two big-school state titles in Minnesota during the spring season at the Class AAA level with the Cardinals. She recently finished fifth at the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship .
Boraas already had a Junior 13-15 Division title from 2020 at the week-long match-play Resorters Tournament played on her home course at the Alexandria Golf Club. That came against a field of almost all boys in her age group.
Now Boraas can add a Women’s Division championship from the Resorters against a field of almost all collegiate golfers.
“This is for sure my favorite tournament of the year,” Boraas said after winning a 1-up match against Emma Carpenter in the finals on Saturday. “It’s just such a good feeling to be out here on the course. In terms of the (women’s) field, this was probably one of my bigger tournaments. It’s almost all collegiate players, and getting to learn from them and seeing how they handle themselves on the course, this is definitely one of my top tournaments, for sure.”
Carpenter was the top seed in the Women’s Division at the 101st playing of the Resorters last week. She qualified with a 3-under par 70 in her first time playing at AGC. Boraas shot a 75 in qualifying to earn the sixth seed.
Boraas jumped into match play and won 2-1 over Avery O’Donnell and MacKenzie Olsen in her first two rounds. She won a 3-2 match over Caroline Monty, a recently-graduated senior from Stillwater, during Saturday morning’s semifinals.
That sent her to the championship against Carpenter, who will be a senior this year for the Gophers golf team at the University of Minnesota. Boraas was up to the challenge, finishing at 1-over par 74, and winning three holes on the back nine — 10 with birdie and 11 and 15 with pars — to secure the 1-up win for the title.
Boraas three-putted the par-three 17th as Carpenter forced an 18th hole with a par to get to within one. Boraas calmly went to 18 and parred the hole, forcing Carpenter to make birdie. She could not quite do it as Boraas celebrated another big win.
“She hits the ball insanely far, so I knew that was kind of a disadvantage for me,” Boraas said. “The key for me was hitting it straight off the tee, which really helped. I made quite a few putts that really mattered today.”
Boraas started strong with a par win on the first hole in the finals. Carpenter bounced back with a par win on No. 2, but another par win at 5 for Boraas put her back to 1-up. She never trailed again after that.
Boraas showed plenty of resolve on the final hole after opening the door for Carpenter on 17.
“That putt (on 17) really stung because I knew I could have put it away then," Boraas said. "Going into that hole 18 tee shot, I knew I needed to just hit it like I normally do with good accuracy. My nerves were definitely there, but one shot at a time.”
Boraas came into the Resorters confident after the way she played at the MGA championship from July 27-29. She shot her best of three rounds in that event on the final day when she carded a 71 after rounds of 76 and 77.
“It taught me you’re never out of it,” Boraas said. “Going off of those first two rounds, I knew I was in kind of a tough spot. I grinded it out, and it mentally got me ready for Resorters. It was a good last round.”
That MGA amateur championship came against many college-level golfers as well. Boraas has not committed to a college program herself yet, but with every tournament, she continues to prove that the time for her to play at that level is not too far away.
“I’m for sure narrowing it down,” Boraas said of her college decision. “I hope to know by this fall and be able to sign by the signing date in November, but I’m not decided yet.”