VIDEO: Osier recovers; ties for fifth at state golf meet

Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, June 3, 2009

COON RAPIDS — The second time was a charm for Austin golfer Drew Osier at the Class ‘AAA’ state boys golf meet Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Osier, a senior, shot seven birdies en route to scoring a 72 on day two. His two-day total score was a 150 (six over PAR), which tied him for fifth place overall.

In the back nine, he knocked in four birdies as he drilled a 20-foot putt on his 17th hole and knocked in a couple of putts over 10-feet after struggling on his short game Tuesday.

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“The putter got hot except for on three footers,” said Osier, who missed two short puts in the front nine. “Other than those ones I was making everything. I’m not totally happy with how I hit the ball, but I hit it well enough to get around the course and get on the greens.”

After tying for 22nd place on Tuesday’s first round, Osier pulled to within two strokes of first place. Joe Petrulo of Eastview/AppleValley and Paul Moberg of Forest Lake tied for medalist with a 148 each.

“I’ve worked since seventh grade to get were I am today,” Osier said. “Winning it would have been nice, but top five probably will go to the top of the list as my best finish ever. Words can’t describe how it feels.”

The back nine didn’t start the best for Osier as he hit a drive into the trees on his 11th hole, then knocked one into the bunker. He recoverd with a solid shot from the sand to salvage a bogey on the four-PAR hole. From that point on he would have just one bogey over the last seven holes.

“I just let the bad putts go. I didn’t let them stick in my mind,” Osier said. “I got used to the speed of the greens and I was more comfortable. My reads were right today, when yesterday they were a little off.”

Austin head coach Will Pazurek was impressed with how Osier bounced back from an emotional day onTuesday.

“I think he got some confidence in his putter and he made some big swings and hit some greens,” he said. “If youwould’ve told him he would have seven birdies today, he wouldn’t have believed it himself. It was a great day.”

Osier will play golf at Central College in Pella, Iowa next year.