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Boys Golf: Moskal improves on Day 2 at state

Cannon Falls' Matt Moskal watches his chip fly toward the green Wednesday during the second round of the Class 2A boys state golf tournament at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. Moskal birdied the hole. Photo by Chris Harrell

Cannon Falls' Matt Moskal wasn't satisfied with the way he played during the first round of the Class 2A boys state golf tournament and came back to card a 38 Wednesday at The Ridges at Sand Creek.

The final round of the state tournament was shortened to nine holes and delayed five hours due to inclement weather. Moskal was scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. but finally teed off on Hole No. 1 around 12:50 p.m.

Moskal's 27-hole total of 124 tied him for 65th place.

"The goal today was just to shoot better," Moskal, a ninth-grader, said. "I still left a lot of shots out there but it definitely makes me feel better going out of here. I know I can play that way."

After Tuesday's round, Moskal and Bombers' head coach Doug Rechtzigel went straight to the driving range to work out the kinks.

"It was just a swing problem I couldn't diagnose during the round," Moskal said.

A highlight of Moskal's round was a birdie putt on No. 7 after a nice chip nestles the ball close to the pin.

Despite playing a much better round on Wednesday, Moskal was still frustrated, having bogeyed Hole No. 9. He sprayed his approach shot to the right and needed a two-putt after a short chip shot.

"That chip wasn't that good," Moskal said. "I just try to whittle everything down to par because the birdies will come."

"He has an unbelievable drive to win and to get better," Rechtzigel added.

Moskal nearly lost the chance to improve on Tuesday's outing when thunderstorms rolled through Jordan Wednesday morning. Leaving the state tournament on a high note will be big for Moskal's future, Rechtzigel said.

"It would have been too bad to see such a fabulous season end on a bad note," he said. "I'm really thankful we got in even the nine."

For Moskal to return to the state tournament, he said he must eliminate the driving issues he endured on Tuesday and become a more consistent player in every facet of the game. Rechtzigel isn't worried about Moskal's drive and while he wouldn't guarantee a return trip to state next season, the goals appear much loftier.

"He is constantly talking about getting better," Rechtzigel said. "He will work his behind off. He wants to win this thing. That's even a big change from last year. He's grown up, and remember he's just a ninth-grader. He is very mature for his age."

Jordan Peters, of Delano, was the state medalist with a 104 and Staples- Motley won the team title with a 443.

Cannon Falls' Moskal struggles on Day 1

Trouble started from the first tee for Cannon Falls' Matt Moskal during the first round of the Class 2A boys state golf tournament.

Moskal, a ninth-grader, hooked his first drive on Hole No. 1 and it continued throughout the day, Bombers' head coach Doug Rechtzigel said. But Moskal fought through the difficulty and finished with an 86 and immediately went to the driving range to correct his swing.

"He's very resilient and bound and determined to succeed," Rechtzigel said of Moskal. "I think good things will happen from this."

Rechtzigel said that driving ability of Moskal's pairing may have added to his struggles off the tee.

"He played with three great kids," Rechtzigel said. "He struggled with a snap good drive all day."

Moskal carded 43s on each nine holes Tuesday and will tee off with the first group off Hole No. 10 at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"He'll come back hungry," Rechtzigel said. "He said he'll be in the top 5 tomorrow."

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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