After taking 42 swings across his first nine holes at the NSAA Class C Boys Golf Championships, Arlington senior Eddie Rosenthal struggled on Nos. 10-18 May 23 at Elks Country Club in Columbus.
As a result, before his second round May 24, the Eagle decided to make the most of his prep career-capping state qualification.
“After yesterday's back nine, today is kind of just for fun,” Rosenthal said. “A fun round for me. My last one.”
The AHS standout's goal was to play Nos. 10-18 better than the day before and he did. He finished tied for 74th out of 92 golfers overall, taking 193 swings across 36 holes. His second-day effort was five strokes better than his first.
Altogether, Rosenthal shot par on five holes and sunk a birdie on the par-5 No. 3. He started off of the No. 10 tee box May 24, finishing the back nine holes with five fewer swings than he'd produced the day before.
In addition, the Eagle took just 42 swings on Nos. 1-9.
On May 23, Rosenthal had followed up his 42 on the front half of the course with 57 swings on the last nine holes.
“Overall, played his game and shot well,” Arlington coach Landon Walkenhorst said of the first-round effort. “On the back, just got a lot of unlucky breaks and could never get the mojo back from the front nine. Struggled off the tee and fighting to save bogey.”
But the Arlington standout bounced back and closed out his career with an improved second round at Elks Country Club.
“It's been fun,” Rosenthal said of the state experience at the midway point.
What was the best part?
“Probably just me and coach being able to go out and play the 18 together,” he said.
Walkenhorst, who completed his first season as the Eagles' head coach in Columbus, qualified and played at state as AHS golfer in 2018 under former head coach Scott Parson.
CLASS C STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 23-24 at Elks Country Club, Columbus
Top-5 teams: Kearney Catholic 629 strokes, Grand Island Central Catholic 652, Yutan 682, Amherst 687, Lincoln Christian 692.
Medalist: Jackson Dunham, Kearney Catholic, 149 strokes.
Arlington result: 74, Eddie Rosenthal, 193 strokes.
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