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Golf: Alexandria’s Hannah Boraas selects Montana State as her college choice – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA – Hannah Boraas is a fixture in the Alexandria golf community. She has been part of consecutive state championship teams for the Alexandria girls’ golf program and has taken home two Resorters Tournament championships, the Junior 13-15 Division title in 2018 and the Women’s Division title last summer at Alexandria Golf Club.

Now Boraas, a senior, has announced her college signing at Montana State University. Boraas held a signing ceremony at Alexandria Area High School on Wednesday, November 9, the first day of the early signing period.

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Alexandria’s sophomore Hannah Boraas continues her momentum in the first round of the Section 8-3A Championship in Park Rapids on June 3, 2021. Boraas shot a 147 during the two-day tournament to finish as a co-medalist with teammate Cora Larson and help lead the Cardinals to the section championship. Boraas signed November 9, 2022 to play college golf for Montana State.

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“I’m so excited,” she said. “A dream has come true for me here. I worked so hard for it.”

The Montana State Bobcats, based in Bozeman, is an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Big Sky Conference.

Boraas said Montana State recruited her before her junior year.

“They recruited me early in my junior year before the start of the season, and I visited them twice,” she said. “Then head coach Brittany Basye flew out here for a three-day tournament to watch me, which showed she really cared. That was a huge green flag for me. And she never gave me a deadline with her offer and she knew I would go to other schools and she got me through a year of ups and downs with golf. Just experiencing that made her feel like a second mother to me. She was very reassuring.”

Boraas said she began imagining and working toward being a sophomore athlete around her sixth year of high school.

Boraas grew up in Alexandria and loves being outside. With Bozeman, Montana offering a huge amount of nature, the area is one that Boraas likes.

“I love the mountains so much,” said Boraas. “It was just a great atmosphere out there and I’m a big outdoor person. The campus felt pretty sprawling and it’s a growing campus. I know a lot of other people want to go there and it just felt like home to me.”
Boraas said she visited the Bozeman campus in late March/early April and then again in early September.

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Alexandria’s Hannah Boraas watches her tee shot on the seventh hole at Bunker Hills on June 16, 2021. Boraas, now a senior, is committed to playing for Montana State in college

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“It’s also such a safe community,” Boraas said. “And the teammates I met there were great. One thing I liked was that the coaches were loyal and saw the ups and downs of golf through me. They were just so loyal and so energetic.”

Growing up, Boraas said she once went out to visit the state of Montana.

The academics that the state of Montana offers also addressed Boraas, a 3.85 GPA student who is taking all college courses and intends to focus on business marketing.

“They have a great business program called Jake Jabs College of Business and Engineering,” she said. “I’ve heard really good things about it.”

The Big Sky Conference is a conference involving schools from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah and Oregon.

The ability to travel to those states is another reason Boraas likes the idea of ​​playing for Montana State.

“They travel to places like Arizona, Utah, Washington and Hawaii every two years,” she said.

Boraas has racked up a wealth of accolades since playing for the Cardinals at varsity as a seventh grader in 2018.

She is a four-time All-Central Lakes Conference golfer (first place overall as a singles player in 2019 and 2021) and has won the last two CLC singles championships.

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Hannah Boraas smiles after signing to play college golf for the state of Montana on day one of the early signing phase on November 9, 2022. Boraas is a two-time Resorters champion and was part of the Alexandria girls’ golf teams that have won back-to-back state titles.

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Boraas has won the Section 8AAA singles title twice and has qualified for the MHSSL State Tournament four times, recently finishing 10th at the 2022 State Tournament. Boraas is also a three-time All-State golfer and a two-time Team Minnesota selection for the Minnesota-Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup games in 2021 and 2022.

In addition to those accomplishments and the two Resorters titles, Boraas won the 2021 Midwest Junior Championship at Glen Oaks Country Club (80-74-71) in Des Moines, Iowa.

She also placed fifth in the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship on July 27-29, 2022 at Rochester Golf and Country Club. That field, along with the field in the Resorters Women’s Championship division, was occupied by a bevy of sophomore-athletes.

In her sophomore year, Boraas set the school record with a 3-under-par score of 69 on May 1, 2021 at Geneva Golf Club. In 2017, Boraas converted a hole-in-one at Sand Hollow Golf Club in St. George, Utah, while playing golf with her brother Noah, who is a senior on the South Dakota State men’s golf team.

“They have been so supportive of my golfing since I first picked up a golf club,” Boraas said. “They have just been so supportive of me and that has been tremendous for me.”

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Hannah Boraas of Alexandria accepts her Women’s Division Championship trophy from Kyle Lee of Alexandria Golf Club on the final day of the 101st Resorters Tournament on August 6, 2022. Boraas, who will be a high school senior this fall, beat University of Minnesota senior golfer Emma Carpenter of DeKalb, Illinois, in a 1-up match during Saturday’s finals. After her spring 2023 senior season, Boraas will travel to the state of Montana to play collegiate golf.

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Boraas shared the Alexandria team MVP honor after the 2021 and 2022 seasons with Cora Larson, who is now a freshman on the North Dakota State golf team. Boraas was named Team MVP after the 2019 season.

With one season left in high school for Alexandria, Boraas is still setting her goals for the senior season, but wants to help the team get back on its feet and make a solid positive impact on the younger players in the program.

“I really want to represent Alexandria well,” she said. “I want to have a positive impact on the next generation of Cardinal golfers. In this way they can continue the tradition of excellent golf. One of my bigger goals is to have a positive impact on the younger girls and keep them going. I want to help them get stronger and work harder. Personally, I would like to set another record, both in individual and team results. That would be great. And I have really high hopes for the season.”

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