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Blackjack boys take top honors in Minneota

Easton Popma earns medalist honors with 75 as Dawson-Boyd continues its strong start to season

May 7, 2013
By Travis Andries ( , Marshall Independent

MINNEOTA - There were ideal conditions and a nearly ideal day of golf for the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks at Countryside Golf Club on Monday. Paced by sophomore Easton Popma's tournament-low score of 75, the Blackjacks took first place at the 10-team invite hosted by Minneota.

"The conditions were really good. The weather kept on getting nicer as the day went along so we can't use weather as an excuse, no one can," said Dawson-Boyd head coach Dave Baldwin. "I think the guys are OK with how they shot, but as I've said before, they're a competitive bunch. When we get in the van I'm sure they'll talk about all the shots they missed, as will everybody."

Popma's 3-over-par 75 over 18 holes was five strokes clear of second-place individual Riley Sigdahl of Lac qui Parle Valley. Monday marked Popma's second win on the season.

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Dawson-Boyd sophomore Easton Popma rolls a putt on the ninth green at Countryside Golf Club in Minneota on Monday. Popma earned medalist honors with a 3-over-par 75 for the Blackjacks, who won the team event with a composite score of 339.

"I saw him about seven holes into the round and he gave me his 'I'm not playing real well' look," Baldwin said. "But he finished strong again. He's done that many times and it was good to see that today."

Along with the medalist, Popma, the Blackjacks also placed three other individuals in the top 10, as Dalton Palmer, Spencer Erickson and Christian Thoen each shot an 88. Dawson-Boyd had a team score of 339, 15 strokes better than MACCRAY in second place.

"It's nice this year because all six of the guys have it in their minds that they can play decently," Baldwin said. "It takes the pressure off because nobody thinks they have to be great. It's great to have depth and it's great to have a bunch of guys who really pull for each other. It seems to help when you go from meet to meet."

Fact Box

Team Results: 1. Dawson-Boyd 339, 2. MACCRAY 354, 3. Lac qui Parle Valley 362, 4. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 363, 5. Canby 374, 6. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 382, 7. Lakeview 383, 8. Minneota 398, 9. Lincoln HI 404. INC: Hendricks.

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Easton Popma (D-B) 75; 2. Riley Sigdahl (LQPV) 80; 3. Brady Madsen (MACCRAY) 81; 4. Nick Simonton (Canby) 81; 5. Dean Schroeder (MACCRAY) 87; 6. Christian Thoen (D-B) 88; 7. Spencer Erickson (D-B) 88; 8. Dalton Palmer (D-B) 88; 9. Hunter Burns (RTR) 88; 10. Hunter Lind (LQPV) 89.

Individual Scores

Canby: Nick Simonton 81, Vasu Potla 97, Dylan Smith 97, Landon Anderson 99

Dawson-Boyd: Easton Popma 75, Spencer Erickson 88, Christian Thoen 88, Dalton Palmer 88

LQPV: Riley Sigdahl 80, Hunter Lind 89, Jaden Kallhoff 95, Lucas Strand 98

Lakeview: Hunter Kvistad 91, Taylor Pickthorn 96, Coltan Varpness 97, Zach Werner 99

Lincoln HI: Jeff Gladis 92, Trysten Studemann 95, Jonathan Piehl 106, Ryan Twedt 111

MACCRAY: Brady Madsen 81, Dean Schroeder 87, Isaac Gosseling 91, Chuck Rothwell 95

Minneota: Cole Hennen 92, Leo Buysse 93, Joe Buysse 102, Kyle Hennen 111

RTR: Hunter Burns 88, Jeremy Alsaker 91, Nathan VanDrunen 92, Derrick Whiting 92

TMB: Joey Felt 92, Mark DeSmith 93, Devin Skalak 98, Rick Jorgenson 99

Hendricks: Tyson Frank 94, Kolbe Frank 114, Devin Ward 125

Lac qui Parle Valley finished in third place with a composite score of 362, while RTR was a shot behind at 363. Hunter Burns was the low round for the Knights with an 88.

Nick Simonton took fourth place with an 81 to lead Canby to a fifth-place team finish. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton edged out Lakeview 382 to 383 for sixth place. Minneota took eighth at its home meet, while Lincoln HI was ninth.

For a young Vikings team, Monday saw the return of coach Ralph Hagen, who broke his hip a week before practices began. Hagen has been working with the Vikings as much as he can during practice but had not attended a meet yet this year.

"So many of our golfers are very young, either ninth grade or 10th grade and even some eighth graders. With me not being at practice, it kind of gravels on my nerves," Hagen said. "I want to be there to build them up. The short year has really hurt the younger golfers. They don't make up as much ground on the older golfers."

Though Hagen would prefer if he were able to be more active this season, he was happy with how smoothly the tournament ran on Monday, especially considering the average age of the field and the delayed start to the spring season.

"I thought the tournament went really well, considering there are only seven seniors out of 57 golfers," Hagen said. "So how to use the tournament scorecards, etc. etc., just a lot of things went well today."



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