No. 1 ranked DL boys' golf wins another tourney
The No. 1 ranked Detroit Lakes boys' golf team isn't letting up, despite bolting out to the best start of the season of any team in the state.
The Lakers' attitude of taking one tournament at a time is paying dividends for a team boasting of five very experienced seniors.
The team finished an eastern Minnesota swoop which included two top two finishes on snowless golf courses.
It also included a course -- in Jordan -- in which DL is shooting for at the end of the season, which is the site of the Class 2A tournament.
Incidentally, the Lakers came out on top at Jordan Tuesday out of 18 teams by shooting their second sub-300 score of the season, winning the Jordan Invite with a 297.
"When you shoot in the low 300's, you usually win the meet, shooting under 300 you should win the meet pretty easily," said DL head coach Bob Gorden. "But the impressive aspect (of the Jordan meet) was that it was the first time we've played the course.
"The Eastview coach was amazed how our kids played that course and it was their first time they've played it."
Senior Ben Bergquist -- who is ranked No. 9 in Class 2A with an average of 75.4 -- stroked a two-under par 70 for second place, behind medalist Ekenberg of Apple Valley who finished three-under par.
The No. 7 ranked Mike Brodsho (75.1 average) finished in fifth with a one-over 73, while each of Ryan Kuehne and Adam Thielen tied for 11th with a 77.
Rounding out DL's card were Josh Herzog with an 80 and Karter Smith with an 83.
The Lakers' first try on the Jordan course was successful, due to being conservative on some holes.
"It was a course where it rewarded good shots and really punished you on bad shots," Gorden said. "Our guys did a good job of keeping the course in front of them. They kept their shots in front of them on holes they were not sure of (where the hole and hazards were).
"We haven't had many scores over a bogey, which shows the guys are staying out of trouble."
The Jordan victory came after a second-place finish (out of 18 teams) in the White Bear Lake Invite Monday, shooting a 314, on stroke behind victor Wayzata -- which DL beat in Jordan the next day by 13 strokes.
Monday was a cold and blustery day, affecting scores, with DL's lowmen being Brodsho and Herzog with a six-over par 78.
Bergquist and Thielen each finished with a 79 to round out DL's score, while Kuehne carded an 83 and Smith an 85.
Travis Smith of Wayzata was the medalist with a two-over 74.
"It was a tough course and we lacked having a low guy shooting in the mid to low 70's," Gorden said. "We were more bunched up. But we were just fortunate to be able to play Monday and Tuesday."
White Bear Lake was another course DL has never played on, so they went in that invite cold, as well, with another favorable outcome.
The Lakers once again played better on their second day of action, much like the University of Minnesota tournament to start the season.
"You should be playing better on the second day, but that also shows the maturity of this group of seniors," Gorden added. "They are not trying to make shots they can't make and get into trouble.
"They are playing to their capabilities."
The Lakers sent their second team to Brainerd Wednesday, with Ben Langworthy shooting an impressive six-over par 78. The team finished eighth in the varsity tournament with over 20-plus teams competing.
"I was happy to see those guys play well, because they haven't had many opportunities to play this season because of the weather," the DL coach included.
DL's Northwest Classic at the Detroit Country Club was postponed from this weekend to next weekend, starting Friday and ending Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers will be in Bemidji Monday, starting at 9 a.m.
Detroit Lakes at White Bear Lake, Monday, April 28.
Team results (top 5 of 18 teams): Wayzata 313, Detroit Lakes 314, Woodbury 318, Mahtomedi 319, Edina 319.
Medalist: Travis Smith (Wayzata) 74.
DL results: Mike Brodsho and Josh Herzog 78; Ben Bergquist and Adam Thielen 79; Ryan Kuehne 83, Karter Smith 85.
Detroit Lakes at Jordan Invitational Tuesday, April 29.
Team results (top 5 of 18): Detroit Lakes 297, Eastview 300, Wayzata 310, Benilde-St. Margaret 318, St. Thomas 319.
Medalist: Ekenberg (Apple Valley) 69.
DL results: 2. Bergquist 70, 5. Brodsho 73; T-11. Kuehne and Thielen 77; Herzog 80; Smith 83.