By Matthew Davis
Totino-Grace sophomore Matthew Garside took 12th in the Class 2A state boys golf tournament June 13-14, and he has two more years of eligibility to achieve more.
“I think starting next year, he has the potential to win the state championships for the next two years,” Eagles coach Phil Trovato said.
In Garside’s state tournament debut, he shot a 147 at The Ridges at Sand Creek as he came two strokes shy of the top 10. Ian Murray of Blake and Esten Stensrud of Minnewaska finished with 145 each for 10th. Red Wings’ Cecil Belisle won the tournament at 139.
“My expectations were that he just went out and enjoyed it and played the best he could play,” Trovato said.
Things went well early for Garside as he shot a 36 in the first nine holes of the tournament June 13. He dipped on the following nine with a 38 as he posted 74 for the day. He hit 40 in the back nine of the second round June 14, but he came up with his best round in the front nine with a 33.
“On that second day, he just really relaxed and played his game normal, the way he was capable of playing,” Trovato said.
Trovato said that Garside “saved a lot of pars” and “he backed up a few birdies in a row” and got to three-under par in round two.
Only five other golfers hit that low for a nine-hole stretch, and only one golf, Jack Michel of Holy Family, went lower at 32.
Garside had a strong season going into state. He earned medalist twice in Northwest Suburban Conference meets during the regular season, and he earned all-conference and all-state honors.
“He manages the course really well,” Trovato said. “He knows where he wants to set up his next shot. Every single shot he takes, has plan behind it. He thinks about the risk and the reward and what would be the best possible way to play it.”
Garside also excels off the course and made academic all-state for his work in the classroom. He earned a 3.8 GPA or better to qualify.
Golf doesn’t stop for Garside in the summer. He competes in the Minnesota Golf Association and the Junior PGA. He won the Minnesota Junior PGA title last year.
That win, 12th at state and six seniors in the top 12 graduating has things looking up for Garside the next two varsity seasons. But it won’t come easy as golfers such as Belisle, a sophomore, will still be around.
“There’s a really talented class of sophomores right now, so there will be competition,” Trovato said.
Trovato hopes Garside could have company a state next season after a couple other Eagles came close to making it. Sophomore Jacob White made all-conference and finished three strokes back of making state. Freshman Max Thelgn came two strokes shy of state.
“The potential for him is really high too,” Trovato said of Thelgn.
Both Thelgn and White could have an experienced teammate going with them in Garside, who showed a lot of potential in his first state appearance.
“The way he played his first time out there, there’s no reason he can’t compete for the championship,” Trovato said.
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