ALEXANDRIA – Hannah Boraas of Alexandria has already played and won many major golf tournaments in her young career, and what she accomplished on Saturday was one of the most memorable tournaments she has played in.
The future high school senior was part of two Minnesota high school state titles during the spring season at the Class AAA level with the Cardinals. She recently finished fifth in the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship.
In the week-long Resorters match-play tournament at his AGC home course, Boraas already had a 13-15 junior title from 2020. It came against a field of nearly every boy in his age group, and now Boraas can add a women’s title. Resorters Division Championship against a group of almost all collegiate golfers.
“It’s for sure my favorite tournament of the year,” Boraas said after winning a 1-to-1 match against Emma Carpenter in the final on Saturday. “It’s so nice to be here on the course. As for the (women’s) champ, it was probably one of my biggest tournaments. They’re almost all collegiate players, and learning from them and seeing how they perform on the course is definitely one of my best tournaments, that’s for sure.
Carpenter was the No. 1 seed in the Women’s Division in the Resorters’ 101st game this week. She qualified with a par 70 under 3 in her first appearance at Alexandria Golf Club on Monday. 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 his first two rounds. She won a 3-2 match against Caroline Monty, a recently graduated senior from Stillwater, in Saturday morning’s semi-finals.
That sent her to the championship against Carpenter, who will be a senior this year for the University of Minnesota Gophers golf team. Boraas was up to the challenge, finishing at 1 on par 74 and winning three holes over the back nine – 10 with birdie and 11 and 15 with pars – to secure the 1-up victory for the title.
Boraas went three shots on the par three 17th as Carpenter forced an 18th hole with a par win to come within one. Boraas calmly went to 18 and parried the hole, forcing Carpenter to birdie. She couldn’t quite do it as Boraas celebrated another big win.
“She hits the ball incredibly far, so I knew that was kind of a disadvantage for me,” Boraas said of facing Carpenter. “The key for me was hitting it straight off the tee, which really helped. I made quite a few putts that really counted today.
“That putt (on the 17th) really stung me because I knew I could have put it away at that time. Going into that tee shot from hole 18, I knew I just had to hit it like I normally do with good accuracy. My nerves were definitely there, but one blow at a time.
Boraas was one of 10 champions recognized at the post-tournament awards ceremony at a Resorters Tournament that featured 448 golfers at the AGC and nearly 50 more in flights played at the Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria .
Check back early this coming week at www.echopress.com for full stories and photos of the 10 championship winners. Here’s a summary of who came out of this year’s tournament with a title besides Boraas.
- Zack Jonesa future graduate student from the University of Texas at Arlington, won the men’s championship division by winning a two-way match against Nick Jarrett of Rochester.
Jones, who is friends with the Lindberg family of Alexandria, has come over from Texas to play in two Resorters tournaments now. He lost in the first round a year ago, but he was on his game this week.
Jones had a flair for the dramatic, winning in 21 holes Friday in the quarterfinals. On Saturday, he won a 1-up match against Ryan Conn of Alexandria in the semifinals before winning 16, 17 and 18 with two birdies and a par to erase a one-hole deficit against Jarrett.
“It was phenomenal. I played Ryan in the morning and both (Ryan and Nick) are just phenomenal semi-amateur golfers,” Jones said. “They don’t make mistakes. They don’t bogey, so you have to birdie and hope they miss their birdie putts. Then (Friday) I played Gunnar Broin, and the last four holes were probably the most electric four holes I’ve ever played.
Jones birdied on holes 17 and 18 against Broin just to force a playoff before winning with par on the third extra hole.
- Riley Larsona 17-year-old from Glenwood who will be a senior at Minnewaska-area high school this fall, won the first flight of the men’s regular division.
Larson beat Cory Pelzel in 19 holes Saturday morning to win the title. He added 2-1, 4-3 and 6-5 wins throughout the week.
- Troy Johnson of Maple Grove won a fifth consecutive Men’s Executive Championship.
Johnson won his finals match with Chad Hacker of Owatonna 2-1 after both players parried the par-three 17th. Johnson also beat Andrew Olson in a 4-3 semi-final match on Saturday morning, and added 5-4, 4-3 and 8-7 wins earlier in the week.
- Amanda O’Donnell of Elk River won a 4-3 match against Alexandria native Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan in the Women’s Executive Championship.
O’Donnell qualified as the first seed and then moved through the match-play portion of the tournament. She won 9-7, 4-2, and 7-6 heading into her championship match with Sullivan.
O’Donnell is now a two-time Resorters champion. She won the women’s division at the 2001 tournament.
- Mark Lindberg of Alexandria won a second straight senior division championship.
Lindberg defeated Mike Herzog of Alexandria in a 4-3 game on Saturday.
Lindberg built a 4-under lead by shooting a par 34 from 2 under. It took him to the back where a par win at 14 brought it down to 4 before both players appeared the No.15 to end the game. .
- Jon Empanger de Chaska added to his Resorters trophy case by winning the Masters division over Steve Herzog of Alexandria.
Echo Press Preserved records of all winners in each division from Resorters’ previous tournaments have it as Empanger’s ninth title in multiple divisions, but Empanger indicated at Saturday’s awards ceremony that it was the ninth. ° 8.
That’s a lot either way, and Empanger got the job done in the Masters Division this week winning 8-7 and two 5-4 games leading up to his close championship battle with Steve Herzog.
- Mike Golden came second in the Grand Master Division at the 2021 tournament, but earned his Resorters championship a year later.
Golden faced Alexandria’s Dave Harris in a close game on Saturday and won 2-1.
- Lunden Esterline captured the Junior 13-15 Division Championship with a 4-3 victory in the final over Carver Larson of Alexandria.
Esterline, who is originally from Kansas but spends her summers in Alexandria with her family, had a week that included a hole-in-one in her semifinal win on Friday. That win over Cottonwood’s Carson Boe came in a 2-1 final after Esterline won games 7-5 and 3-2 earlier in the week.
Esterline torched the course at AGC on Saturday, shooting 5-under over 15 holes to secure her second Resorters championship after also winning the Junior Division 10-12 in 2020.
- from Alexandria Henry Buttweiler won their first Resorters title by taking the Junior Division 10-12.
Buttweiler defeated fellow Alexandria golfer Garrison Johnson in a 2-1 match in Saturday’s final. Johnson was the first seed in the championship flight and Buttweiler was the third.