Austin’s Thorson prepares for state

Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 8, 2012

Austin's Alex Thorson drives off No. 4 at the Austin Country Club during the Big Nine Meet Friday. -- Herald File Photo

The hardest part of Austin junior Alex Thorson’s golf season is most likely over.

When he was playing in the Section 1AAA golf meet in Hastings earlier this week, Thorson posted his best score of the season with a 75 and he finished with a two-day total of a 153.

After his strong showing, Thorson, who was in he second group of golfers to finish for the day, buckled up for the wait of his life.

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“I had to wait for about three hours to figure out who made it (to state),” Thorson said. “It was really nerve racking and I didn’t think I was gonna make it for awhile, because I heard there were some good scores out there.”

Thorson ended up being the last golfer to qualify for the Class ‘AAA’ state meet as he edged out his closest competitor by one stroke.

Now he’s ready to compete with the best golfers in the state at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Coon Rapids Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It’ll be fun to play with some of the better golfers in the state. Some of the golfers in the cities are just ridiculous,” Thorson said. “I know that once I get there people will out-drive me by forty or fifty yards. I’ve just got to play my own game and not worry about them.”

Thorson has never seen Bunker Hills in person, but he’s gotten a little advice, from Austin’s last two state qualifiers. Austin grad Luke Hoefflin, who took 21st at state in 2010, and Austin grad Drew Osier, who took fifth at state in 2009 and finished 56th at state in 2008, have both give Thorson some tips.

“I’ve talked to them to see what they think of the course,” Thorson said. “I can probably shoot a decent score and hopefully I don’t embarrass myself.”

Thorson has also gotten some advice from his older brothers, James Thorson and Mark Thorson, who are both former Austin golfers.

But his biggest supporter is his dad.

“(James and Mark) helped me a lot and my dad helps me a lot,” Thorson said. “My dad comes to every meet and gives me a lot of support.”