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Boys golf: Reber ties for third, qualifies for state meet

For the past few weeks, first-year Rosemount boys golf coach Kyle Frederickson had been preaching the message that only two days would truly define the Irish's season.

Rosemount never discovered the consistency it needed to compete this season. But how the Irish showed up in the section tournament was all that would matter.

"The neat thing with our season is, it could be good or bad depending on your outlook, but all it takes is playing well on those two days," Frederickson said.

Unfortunately, the inconsistency Rosemount suffered throughout this season reappeared last week and the Irish shot a combined 339 on the first day of the section tournament at Keller Golf Course. Rosemount missed qualifying to compete in the second round.

Five teams continue on to the second round and the Irish missed the cut by nine shots.

Eastview eventually won the team title in the two-day tournament.

"It was bittersweet to be honest," Frederickson said. "We could have played better. I was proud of the way they carried themselves as golfers. The most important thing is not how you shoot, but how you play. They're all really good kids. They don't quit and have good attitudes."

Individually, Rosemount's Sam Reber advanced to the second day at Bunker Hills Golf Course and kept his season going by qualifying for next week's Class 2A state tournament.

Reber will get another chance to compete at Bunker Hills, site of next week's state tournament.

Reber opened with a 77 at Keller and equaled his 77 at Bunker Hills to finish with a 154 and a tie for third overall. Reber was eight shots off the individual winner from Eastview.

"At the conference tournament he was right around par and golf is all about peaking at the right time," Frederickson said. "We'll see. He's got to go out and play his game."

Reber returns to the state tournament after missing out last season. He also qualified as a sophomore.

"He was all smiles," Frederickson said. "To qualify as a senior is pretty special.

"I don't want to put expectations on him. You have to kind of put the blinders on and let the chips fall as they may. He's a good player and he has to go out and golf and have fun. It's not how you get around; its how many strokes it takes you to get around. There are plenty of ways to get around. He has to do it his way."

Ryan Sword was second on the team in scoring in the first round, shooting an 86. Josh Doyle and John Erlandson hit matching 88s.

Charlie Frahm carded an 89 and Travis Parker finished with a 99.

"It's easy to lose focus," Frederickson said. "I've played tournament golf for over 10 years now and I still do it to this day. It's such a learning process. It's a life-long game to be able to keep your head level and put the past in the past and keep plugging along. Once you make a number, you have to try and erase that and make the next one."