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Gorden inducted into golf hall of fame

The 2008 state championship team, Gorden’s first as head coach, surprised the coach at the hall of fame induction Monday night. Pictured L-R: Ryan Kuehne, Josh Herzog, Ben Osowski, Coach Gorden, Ben Berquist, Michael Brodsho, and Adam Thielen. Submitted photo

Detroit Lakes boys head golf coach Bob Gorden was inducted by the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association into the Hall of Fame class for the year 2018 at the state tournament banquet Monday, June 11 at the The Park Ballroom in New Prague..

Former Fairmont boys golf coach Dan Kehrberg and Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin joined Gorden in the 2018 class.

Mike Herzog presented Gorden at the ceremony.

“Bob has been instrumental in so many people’s lives and we’re all extremely grateful for the contributions he’s made throughout his years,” Herzog said. “What Bob has done to promote the game of golf and facilitate opportunities for young people is amazing.”

Gorden coached middle school golf in Detroit Lakes from 1987-99 and the varsity team since 2000. He also coached girls track for 11 seasons and both boys and girls basketball for four decades.

The Laker boys golf team has captured the Mid-State team title in all of Gorden’s 19 years at the helm, including nine conference medalists.

Wyatt Blomseth and head coach Bob Gorden. Robert Williams / Tribune

The team has won nine section championships, along with seven individuals playing at state.

The Lakers have been section academic champions eight years and state academic champions three years.

In seven state tournament appearances, Gorden’s teams have won three Class AA state championships (2008, 11, 12), were runners-up in 2013 and placed third in 2017, fourth in 2016 and fifth in 2010.

Gorden has been awarded the MSHSCA boys coach of the year in 2008 and 2012 and has been a member of the coaches association for 44 years.

He has been named the section coach of the year nine times and is a finalist for the 2018 national golf coach of the year to be announced later this summer.

Gorden was joined at the induction ceremony with this year’s team of Wyatt Blomseth, Collin Ginnaty, Ryan Paskey, Ben Unruh, Hunter Burnside and Lukas Justesen, along with the 2008 state championship team, Gorden’s first title: Ryan Kuehne, Josh Herzog, Ben Osowski, Coach Gorden, Ben Berquist, Michael Brodsho, and Adam Thielen.

Thielen started the Laker tradition of jumping into the pond at the 18th hole of the state tournament in Jordan.

Gorden ended his acceptance speech quoting Arnold Palmer, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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