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Boys Golf: Lakers polished and ready for Sub-Sections

The Detroit Lakes boys’ golf team had the opportunity to work on their short games, as they hosted their annual invite at the par 64 Lakeview Golf Course Thursday.

The same results happened, though, with the Lakers winning the meet with a score of 246, as senior Karter Smith stroked medalist honors with a six-under par 58.

The DL Invite was moved from the Detroit Country Club to Lakeview because the DCC course isn’t quite ready to host a tournament with over 90 players.

“Actually, the Lake-view course is a challenging one and it gave the golfers the opportunity to work on their iron play and putting,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. “The greens at Lakeview are also in great condition, so it was a fun day all around.”

Sophomore Ben Mal-low tied with Fargo Davies’ Sam Hendricks with a two-under 62, while senior Austin Rusness and sophomore Christian Hedstrom each finished with a one-under 63.

Junior Michael Herzog and senior Sam Goral also finished with even par 64 to take a spot in the top 10 all-around.

With Friday’s meet in Becker being the final one of the regular season, Gorden has set his Sub-Section 8-2A lineup.

Four of the returners from last year’s state championship team are back in Herzog, Rusness, sophomore Tanner Schnathorst and Smith.

The two new additions will be Mallow and Hedstrom.

“Sam Goral unfortunately had to be left off the roster, but he worked very hard during his senior season and improved much,” Gorden added.

That shows the quality of the Lakers’ depth, as DL had six different lowmen during the course of the regular season.

The Sub-Section will be held Wednesday at Park Rapids’ Headwaters Golf Course, starting at 10 a.m.

Three of the eight teams will qualify for the Section 8-2A meet, which is held at Longbow Golf Course in Walker, Monday, June 3, starting at 10 a.m. 

Laker results - Detroit Lakes Invite at the Lakeview Golf Course (Par 64), Thursday, May 23

Team results (top 7 of 13 teams): Detroit Lakes 246, Moorhead 271, Litchfield 275, Crookston 477, West Fargo 280, Roseau 281, Fargo Davies 283

Top 10 individuals: Medalist – Karter Smith (DL) 58; Ben Mallow (DL) 62; Sam Hendricks (FD) 62; Austin Rusness (DL) 63; Christian Hedstrom (DL) 63; Riley Johnson (WF) 63; Michael Herzog 64; Sam Goral (DL) 64; Wyatt Hanson (Crx) 64; Landon Olson (Mhd) 66

DL results: Karter Smith (DL) 58; Ben Mallow (DL) 62; Austin Rusness (DL) 63; Christian Hedstrom (DL) 63; Michael Herzog 64; Sam Goral (DL) 64

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.