Gearing up for another shot
There is still a bad taste lingering in the mouths of the Detroit Lakes boys' golf teams after falling short of the Section 8-2A title last year.
But it's that meet which will provide solid motivation for the 2010 season, as the Lakers boast a deep lineup with up to eight to 10 players vying for the top six varsity spots.
"We have very good competition on the team who will be playing in the top six for our meets," said DL head coach Bob Gorden. "We do have an aggressive schedule once again, and each week we'll have some top competition to fill the top six for meets."
The Lakers will be without one of their top golfers in junior Tanner Lane, who suffered a shoulder injury in DL's Section 6-1A hockey playoff game.
Lane had surgery on his shoulder, but Gorden is hoping he can get him back by May, so he can get his three meets in and be able to play in the section meet.
"Hopefully Tanner will be hitting balls by May, until then he can work on his short game and putting," Gorden said. "But it also opens up an opportunity for someone else to contribute, as well."
The Lakers will be led into the season by seniors Nate Ginnaty and Ross Mickelson, along with five other letter winners from a year ago -- including Lane.
Junior Connor Hedstrom returns, as do sophomores Rick Hutchinson and Tyler Baukol.
Freshmen Karter Smith and Austin Rusness each were key contributors last season, as well.
Others who will be vying for varsity spots include senior Joe Hanson; juniors Brady Eilertson and Eric Hanson; sophomores Nate Bausman and Brian Clark; freshman Ian Fritz; and eighth grader Michael Herzog.
There will also be up to 13 other junior varsity players trying out this spring, as well.
With a tough schedule on the horizon -- which includes the University of Minnesota Tri-State Meet, April 23-24 -- Gorden hopes to gear his team up for another section run.
"I think we all have a lump in our stomachs from last year's section meet," Gorden said. "But we can only control ourselves and our games. I did see this group get a lot better after playing a lot last summer, so I think they can follow up with some better results."
Some improvements which the Lakers will need to incur include hitting more fairways and becoming better putters.
"If we can take care of those two things, results will follow," Gorden said.
Last year's experience will also be key, even though DL is still pretty young, with only three seniors and four juniors out.
"Last year, we had some pretty good players who were green, but this season they are expecting more out of themselves," the DL coach stated.
The section has added Hawley, Wadena-Deer Creek and Bagley, while Roseau is the defending champion.
The Lakers will host their Northwest Tournament at the Detroit Country Club, May 14-15.
They will also host the Mid-State Conference Meet May 18 at the DCC, and an invite May 25.
The Sub-Section meet is at Wildflower Golf Course May 27, and the Section meet is at the Longbow Golf Course in Walker on June 1.
A new rule has been added allowing coaches to coach on the course during meets, just not when a golfer is in the bunker or on the green. Also, coaches will not be allowed to play during a meet.
Detroit Lakes boys' golf 2010 schedule:
13 at Becker
19 at Wildflower Golf Course
23-24 at U of M Tri-State
23-24 at Pequot Lakes
29 at Brainerd Preserve GC
5 Presection at Longbow GC in Walker
7-8 at Fargo North
10 at Bemidji
14-15 DL Northwest Tourney at Detroit Country Club
18 Midstate Meet at DCC
20 at St. Cloud C.C.
21 at Longbow in Walker
25 DL Invite at DCC
27 Subsections at Wildflower
1 Section 8-2A meet at Longbow in Walker.