CLOQUET, Minn. -- The game of golf can be just as mental as it is physical.
Cloquet senior Sam Baker has been able to reign in both sides of his golf game, ascending as one of the best high school golfers in all of Minnesota.
"Not much bothers him. You know, he's kind of got that shed off the back mentality where he can have a mistake out there and it doesn't bother him, and you know shockingly, the next couple holes he kind of pulls that back in with a birdie or two to kind of pick it back up," said Cloquet head coach Aaron Young.
He's now the 12th ranked boys golfer in the state, according to the Minnesota Golf Association. Baker qualified for state both his freshman and sophomore seasons (COVID-19 canceled his junior season).
He won the 2020 Minnesota Junior PGA Championship at The Quarry at Giant's Ridge. On day two of the tournament, he shot a bogey-free 65 to win by five strokes.
Now he's back for his senior year at Cloquet, aiming for another trip to the MSHSL state golf tournament in June.