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June 11, 2014

East's Carter Haley is state golf co-champ

Cougars finish fourth in Class AA team tournament

Just how confident was Carter Haley in his golf game on Wednesday?

After finishing in a three-way tie for the Class AA boys state championship at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, he wanted to go to sudden death.

"Oh yeah," the Mankato East sophomore said. "That would be way cool."

The state tournament doesn't go to a playoff, however, and Haley shared the title, shooting an even-par 144 for the two-day event, with Andrew Sederlund of Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl and Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley.

"There's no question he wanted a playoff," coach Nate Fuller said.

Haley shot a 1-over 73 on Wednesday, following his 71 on Tuesday.

"I felt like I was playing pretty solid going into into it," Haley said. "I'm comfortable with the course — I play it a lot — and I felt like I could put up a good number if I took advantage of the birdie holes."

He did that, finishing the final four holes at 1-under, the birdie coming with a 12-foot putt on No. 15. He said he made another 12-footer to save par on 16.

"I was really confident in my putting," Haley said. "I didn't make a lot of puts, but when I needed them to, I got a couple to drop, and that's all that matters."

Fuller said Haley was solid down the stretch even as the pressure of a possible state championship loomed.

"I knew he was motivated to win the tournament or be one of the top finishers," he said. "He had that great round (Tuesday) and was solid all week. He's handled the pressure great all year."

East finished the team tournament in fourth place with 618 strokes, dropping two spots from their spot after Round 1.

Providence Academy won with 602 strokes, followed by Marshall with 612 and Blake with 614.

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