BECKER - Martin County West sophomore Cordell Weber was tied with Northeast Range's Sam Eisenhuth with just one hole left to play Wednesday during the Class A boys state golf meet at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
Eisenhuth drove his tee shot right down the middle of the fairway on 18. Weber pulled his drive off the tee box, but hit a rescue shot to put him just to the right of the green.
Eisenhuth put his third shot just to the right of the green as well, chipping his next shot 4 feet past the hole. Weber rolled his third shot 10 feet past the hole and then sank the winning putt for a Day 2 round of 37-36-73 en route to a 36-hole total of 144 - even par.
Eisenhuth's 4-foot putt to tie lipped out of the cup for a 38-34-72 and two-day runner-up total of 145.
Weber started his final round with a double bogey on No. 1, but birdied No. 6 en route to his 1-over 37.
"Cordell started out rough. He really struggled on his first hole, but then he started playing well," said Martin County West coach Jeff Ross. "He played well enough the day before that he had room for a couple mistakes. It's always better to do it early in a round, that way you have plenty of holes to make it up."
Weber made it up on the back nine by carding birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 for a five-stroke lead. Weber, however, bogeyed Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to tie Eisenhuth.
"He hit a shot on 11. He pushed his drive behind a tree and hit one of the best shots I've ever seen. It landed just on the short grass in front of the green," said Ross. "That shot was the real turning point for him."
Weber won the last four tournaments of this season: Valley Conference champion, sub-section winner, Section 2 champion and now, Class A state titleist.
On the girls side of the Class A state golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Lewiston-Altura defended its 2011 state championship with a 361-348-709 winning score Wednesday.
Legacy Chrsitian Academy's Rachel Gray shot a 38-41-79 for first place overall.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain senior Chelsea Green fired a 48-46-94 on Day 2 to tie for 23rd place overall with a two-day total of 182.
Martin County West eighth-grader Logan Weber finished with a 44-49-93 on Wednesday to place 28th with a two-day mark of 184.
Weber placed 44th individually during last year's state meet, while Green netted 37th place a year ago.
"She (Weber) played very good golf today. She had a tough time on No. 5, but she handled it pretty well and had some good shots after that," said Ross. "She finished with a birdie on No. 18, and we hoped she would be in the top 30 and she was. That is a great thing for her."