Laker boys in second place after the first day of play at the Class 2A golf meet
The Detroit Lakes Laker boy's golf team is in perfect position to make a run at a Class 2A state golf title after posting a 302 at the end of the first round of play at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.
"We're right where we want to be," said head coach Bob Gorden.
The Lakers finished the first day of play in second place behind Marshall's 299, and are just one stroke ahead of Staples-Motley, who shot a combined 303.
"We're happy with our day," Gorden said. "We had two or three kids who had a little blurp here and there that you have to eliminate to win something like this."
Sophomore Karter Smith was the low score for the Lakers and landed in a tie for third place individually after shooting an even par 72. Smith drained a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th green with a large gallery watching to move to even par for his round.
"It was a lucky putt," Smith said of his eagle on 18. "It was a fun way to end the round."
"I'm happy with my score. I just have to hit it straighter tomorrow. I left a few shots out there."
Senior Tanner Lane came in with a two-over par 74. Austin Rusness and Michael Herzog both posted scores of 78. Senior Connor Hedstrom shot a 79 and Tyler Baukol posted an 85.
Herzog's front nine score of 41 was boosted by a 5-putt triple bogey on the ninth green -- his personal blurp.
"I was playing well going into nine," he said. "After that triple bogey I thought that I have to get this together or we might not even have a chance to be in this tomorrow."
He continued his steady play once again until hole 18, which he double bogeyed and recorded a one over par 37 on the back nine.
"We like this golf course," Gorden said. "And I understand that tomorrow we'll have a pretty good day to play so we like that. I'm very happy with the kids today. "
Orono sits in fourth place as a team with a score of 306, followed by Hermantown with 311, Byron with 312, Shattuck St. Mary's with 315 and Academy of Holy Angels with 333.
Perham's Dan Cananagh put himself in second place individually after carding a 34-37-71. Second round play begins at 7:30 a.m.