JORDAN, Minn. — Cody Stanisich and Elliot Van Orsdel of Eveleth-Gilbert and Bryce Wainio of Virginia all plan to capitalize on their strengths to be successful this week at the Class AA Boys State Golf Meet in Jordan.
Matt Sjoberg, co-head coach for E-G, said Stanisich is a solid, all-around golfer that does everything well. “He was in contention at just about every meet this year.’’ Josh Bestul is the other E-G co-head coach.
“He’s swinging well’’ right now, as well, after coming in third at the Section 7AA Tournament.
Stanisich is known as being a consistent ball striker and being good around the greens, which is a good fit for the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Sjoberg said seven holes are out in the open, while the other nine are a lot tighter as they go along a river that runs through the course.
Van Orsdel has “got a really good short game,’’ which is his strength. The junior is also an “athlete.’’ Sjoberg, which helps him overall.
Van Orsdel advancing to state was a bit of a surprise, according to the coach, because his regular season scores were a little bit higher. However, “things came together at the right time for him’’ and he took eighth at sections to qualify.
Sjoberg believes both of his golfers will benefit from playing at The Quarry at Giants Ridge because the tough course is such a good test for golfers. “You can’t let your guard down on any shot there.’’
That will help at state, he added, because Stanisich and Van Orsdel will be ready for every single hole.
Looking at goals for the tournament, Sjoberg said it is very reasonable for Stanisich to be in the top 10 and medal. For Van Orsdel, he is looking to put together a couple of strong rounds and build on that for next year, the coach added.
The No. 1 key for Virginia’s Bryce Wainio at state is using his driver successfully, which he did to earn a seventh place finish at the section meet, co-head coach Mike Plesha said.
“Getting off the tee has to be key for him. He has to make sure he keeps it in play and stays out of trouble.’’
Plesha — who is co-head coach with Pat McBride — said the driver is the strongest part of Wainio’s game.
“That’s going to be big down here.’’
Wainio and his coaches went to Jordan Sunday so the senior and first-time state golf participant could get in two rounds before the event started today. Plesha said he is a “pretty reserved kid,’’ but did say on Sunday that he felt comfortable.
Plesha agreed with that assessment. “Mentally, I think he’s prepared.’’
The young golfer will need to look out for the “very tough greens’’ and make sure he is on the right side of the pin. “That’s going to be the next big part, his coach said.
Another strong suit for Wainio will be that he takes his time and concentrates. “He is also starting to visualize his shots better.’’
McBride added that Wainio was pleased with his Section 7AA Tournament performance and told his coach just how excited he was afterwards. “I’ve been trying for this for six years and I finally made it.’’
Wainio, who has committed to the University of Wisconsin Superior to play golf, has no specific goals going into the tournament, according to McBride. “He just wants to play good and have fun.’’