Boe, Lakers repeat as 3A champions

Prep golf roundup

Submitted photo: The Lakeview boys golf team (left to right: Kyle Kurowski, Owen Louwagie, Lane Arends, Carson Boe, Ethan Schwankl and Jordan Fischer) hold the Section 3A boys golf trophy following their win at Great Life Golf and Fitness in Worthington Wednesday afternoon.

WORTHINGTON — Those familiar with the Section 3A boys golf scene likely experienced a sense of déjà vu during Wednesday’s tournament. Just like last year, Lakeview’s Carson Boe won the 3A individual championship and, also like last year, the Lakers repeated as the team champions.

Boe came into the day holding a two-stroke lead over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s Nathan Kueny. Rather than just holding onto the lead, Boe ran away with it; his 4-under 67 put him seven strokes better than the next closest golfer on the day — HLOF/WWG’s Sawyer Drent with a 74 — and he finished the tournament with a two-day score of 2-under 140, 11 strokes ahead of runner-up Kueny.

After finishing the 10th hole even with par, Boe rattled off four birdies in his final eight holes to put some significant distance between him and any competitor.

Boe was far from a one-man team, though; Lane Arends placed sixth, Ethan Schwankl placed 10th and Jordan Fischer placed 14th for the Lakers. Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton was the only team to even get its third golfer ahead of Lakeview’s fourth.

Arends came into day two in sixth place his consistency paid off. After a 2-over opening hole, Arends only had one stroke more than 1-over-par for the rest of the day, finishing with a tournament total of 165.

Schwankl’s 173 put him one stroke back of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Alex Munson.

As a team, Lakeview put together a two-day score of 659. The Lakers’ second-day total of 332 tied them with HLOF/WWG but their lead after day one led them to victory.

The runner-up coyotes had a team score of 668 while Adrian/Ellsworth and SWC/E rounded out the teams that made the cut.

HLOF/WWG’s Sawyer Drent finished fourth after day one but his three back-nine birdies helped him leapfrog Adrian/Ellsworth’s Brock Henning for a third-place spot.

Neil Kuehl and Brady Ross each shot a 182 to tie Canby’s Daven VanEngen for 15th and round out the Coyotes’ scores.

Competing as an individual, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Chase Christensen finished in fifth place. After shooting an 11-over 82 on day one, he shot a 7-over 78 on day two — including a six-hole even stretch to close out the tournament — to move out of the three-way tie for sixth that he started the day in and qualify for states.

Canby’s Jack Abrahamson placed eighth in the tournament with a 170. Despite a stellar performance, he was the first player to miss the cut for state tournament individual qualification.

Red Rock Central’s Keagan Steen shot an 88 to place 19th for the Falcons while Murray County Central’s Hudson Schryvers tied Minneota’s Max Rost for 23rd at 190 strokes.

Aidan Lanoue finished first for Wabasso with a score of 195, tying Canby’s Dylan Houseman.

The Class A State Golf Tournament will be held June 13-14 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

Submitted photo: The Lakeview boys golf team (left to right: Kyle Kurowski, Owen Louwagie, Lane Arends, Carson Boe, Ethan Schwankl and Jordan Fischer) hold the Section 3A boys golf trophy following their win at Great Life Golf and Fitness in Worthington Wednesday afternoon.

Section 3A girls

WORTHINGTON — After missing the cut at last year’s Section 3A girls golf tournament, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton girls golf team is back on top with a first-place finish.

After finishing day one of the tournament in a tie with Murray County Central and three strokes ahead of Canby, the Knights made the charge and finished day two 16 strokes better than the Rebels and the Lancers. RTR finishes the tournament with a team score of 847. MCC and Canby rounded out the podium at 863 and 866 respectively while Adrian/Ellsworth finished last among qualifying teams at 905.

Shae O’Leary led the way for the Knights with a 194 in the tournament. She came into the second round in first place with a three-stroke lead. While her 102 in round two didn’t compare to her 92 in the opening round, her performance still was good enough to earn her a third-place finish.

Jenna Gossen had the Knights’ lowest score of the day with a 95. Her four pars on the day helped her improve from 10th place after day one to a final position of sixth with a score of 204.

The low-score of the day belonged to Canby’s Kara Rangaard. The senior shot a 90, tying Adrian/Ellsworth’s Taya Elias, and finished the tournament as the runner-up two strokes behind Elias.

Teigyn O’Leary and Zoey Williams rounded out the RTR scorers. O’Leary shot a 107 to finish with a total score of 216 and placed 10th. Williams shot a 113 to finish with a score of 233, tying Canby’s Haley Noyes and Maddison Richter for 17th. Canby’s Paige Viessman also finished 16th at 227 and fellow Lancer Jaryn Houseman placed 20th at 235.

MCC had three scorers place within the top 10. Rachael Huso led the Rebels with a 96 on the day to place fifth. She finished with a two-day total of 198 strokes. Elie Meyer and Ava Johnson shot a 207 and 213 to place seventh and eighth. Lizzie Daniels rounded out the MCC scorers in 22nd with 245 strokes.

While Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove didn’t field a team score, the Coyotes were still well-represented up top. Kellie Renneke shot a 215 in the tournament to place ninth while Marenna Bang shot a 217 to tie Wabasso’s Shayna Huhnerkoch for 11th.

Chloe Rohlik also competed for the Rabbits, shooting a 224 to tie Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Taylor Munson for 13th.

In addition to RTR’s team qualification, Rangaard, Huso and Meyer will go on to compete at the Class A State Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker on June 13-14.

Section 5A boys

WILLMAR — Despite a valiant effort from eighth grader Carson Stratmoen, the Dawson-Boyd boys golf team finished just short of the team title in Wednesday’s 5A Section Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

After finishing the first round in a tie for 10th, Stratmoen shot a 76 on day two, the second-lowest score of the day behind Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s Brady Schwinghammer’s 71. His performance lifted him into fourth place and qualified him for the state tournament.

Drew Hjelmeland and Yellow Medicine East’s Nick Moritz each shot an 84 on the day to hold strong in seventh place. Unfortunately, they each finished one stroke shy of a state tournament qualification.

As a team, the Blackjacks shot a total of 707 over the two days at the tournament, putting them four strokes shy of BBE and a team state tournament berth. The Blackjacks also beat out Community Christian for the runner-up trophy by one stroke.

Yellow Medicine East finished fourth among teams to make the cut with a score of 736.

Evan Mork placed 10th for the Blackjacks, shooting an 86 in round two to total 175 strokes, while Amos Sather rounded out the Dawson-Boyd scorers with a 205 to place 28th.

James Peterson and Cooper McCosh shot a 180 and 181 respectively to place 16th and 17th for YME while Brayton Hammer was the Sting’s final scorer with a score of 208.

The Class A State Golf Tournament will be held June 13-14 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

Section 5A girls

WILLMAR — The Dawson-Boyd girls golf team had each of its four scorers finish in the top 15 of the 5A Section Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Course Wednesday afternoon. Yet, Lac qui Parle Valley’s top duo was too much for the Blackjacks to overcome to clinch a state tournament berth.

While the Blackjacks were unable to qualify as a team, sophomore Lindsey Lund and freshman Alyssa Swedzinski were able to qualify as individuals. Lund shot an 86 on the day, the third-lowest score between Lac qui Parle Valley’s first and second-place finishers Isabella Jacobs and Molly Halvorson. Over the course of the tournament, Lund finished with a score of 174 to place fourth, up one spot from the start of the day.

Not to be outdone, Swedzinski shot a 92 on the day to move up from a tie for seventh into a tie for sixth. Swedzinski finished with a total score of 185, tying her with Lac qui Parle Valley’s Kaitlyn Kittelson.

The Blackjacks’ duo of seventh graders, Claire Stratmoen and Kylar Hjelmeland, rounded out the team’s scorers. Stratmoen shot a 198 to tie B.O.L.D.’s Alison Kadlec for 11th while Hjelmeland shot 204 to tie B.O.L.D.’s Layla Pfarr for 15th.

The Blackjacks finished with a team score of 761, putting them 56 strokes ahead of fourth-place Community Christian. Lac qui Parle Valley won the tournament with a team score of 703 while B.O.L.D. placed second at 748.

The Class A State Golf Tournament will be held June 13-14 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.


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