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Frazee duo shine during season

Frazee golfers Zack Ziegler and Beau Hanson area headed to the Class 1A state golf meet in Becker this Wednesday and Thursday. (Brian Wierima/Record)

Last year during the Class 2A state boys' golf tournament, then Frazee freshman Beau Hanson stormed onto the scene after shooting a two-day score of five-over par 149 to capture a fourth-place overall individually.

This time around, though, Hanson won't be flying under the radar, instead he'll be a big blinking blimp on it.

Hanson has held the No. 1 ranking in Class 1A for the majority of the spring season, while posting near par or under par scores throughout the year.

His one-under par 71 during the Section 8-1A meet at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls was just a microcosm of success Hanson has enjoyed this season.

Hanson's 73.1 18-hole average led all Class 1A golfers, with sophomore Andrew Peterson of Meadow Creek Christian close in tow with a 73.8.

After qualifying for his second state meet and winning the Section 8-1A meet -- Frazee was bumped down from Class 2A to 1A this past offseason -- his goals are lofty and rightfully so.

And he won't be going at it alone after being the lone Hornet in state a year ago.

Senior teammate Zack Ziegler earned his first state berth after stroking an 81 in the section meet for fourth place.

"It's going to be fun having Zack there," Hanson said. "It will be easier and will be more enjoyable."

The obvious goal for the No. 1 ranked golfer in Minnesota is to win top honors at the state meet -- which is Wednesday and Thursday at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

"I think I can win it," Hanson said of his goals come Wednesday and Thursday. "I just have to play within myself and stay away from double bogeys and bogeys."

Hanson has been on a tear throughout the spring, posting a 35.9 nine-hole average during the Heart O'Lakes Conference schedule.

But it took a sub-par first meet to get him on track for the year.

"The first meet didn't go as planned, but then I shot a (6-under par) 66 at Balmoral Golf Course during a meet. I just played it more aggressive."

That was about the time Hanson landed the No. 1 ranking in Class 1A and he didn't relinquish it since.

Of course, holding the top slot in the state came some notoriety, which can bring some pressure with the big target on the back.

But it didn't affect Hanson any, in fact, the Hornet sophomore relished it.

"I enjoyed it, it was pretty cool," said Hanson of holding the No. 1 spot. "I didn't feel any pressure."

It's that type of calm, cool and collect demeanor which enabled Hanson to play with the best of the Class 2A field last year.

Hanson was in contention at Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan in 2009 after striking a one-over par 73 the first day.

His second-day play didn't falter, either, under the scrutiny and pressure of being a top three or four golfer in the state meet.

Instead, he didn't get too high with the birdies or too low with the bogeys.

That's the mark of a good golfer and that hasn't changed this season, either.

"What I learned from last year was to play smart and go after the pins," Hanson added. "I just didn't think about too much during the meet."

Ziegler will be looking to eclipse a couple of goals in his first state meet.

The first, which could take care of the other, is to break 80.

"I haven't broken 80, yet, but that would be a good time to," Ziegler said of the state meet. "I'm going to try and shoot in the low 80's or high 70's and just give myself a chance."

Ziegler had to make a few re-adjustments during the season after getting off to a good start to the spring.

"The first couple of meets I was shooting in the low 80's, but then I changed my swing a little and starting playing bogey golf," Ziegler said. "But by the end of the season, I went back to my old swing and started playing better."

Ziegler also had some ice in his veins during the section meet after he made a double bogey on his 16th hole.

After that, he was able to finish his round with two straight pars to secure a state berth.

"At least I finished well," Ziegler said.

Hanson's tee time at Pebble Creek Wednesday is 1:10 p.m., while Ziegler will tee off at 12:25 p.m.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.