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Great run ends for Laker boys

Senior Michael Herzog and Laker head coach Bob Gorden diagnose a fairway to the green during the Section 8-2A meet at Longbow Golf Course. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

All good things came to an end for the Detroit Lakes boys’ golf team, after the Lakers were blanked out from the Class 2A state meet.

The Lakers’ four-year run as Section 8-2A champions was halted Tuesday at Longbow Golf Course in Walker, after finishing third, with no DL individuals advancing, either.

Fergus Falls won the team championship with a 310, while Crookston finished second with a 315, four strokes ahead of the Lakers’ 319.

“We just never put a full round together all season,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden.

“The guys didn’t play well on Tuesday and that was a frustrating thing for us.”

The Section 8-2A meet turned into a two-day affair, after heavy rain Monday pushed it into Tuesday.

The Lakers were playing well Monday and even into early Tuesday, where they were down only by one stroke to Roseau after nine holes.

But the final nine holes were not kind to DL, as bogeys started popping, along with lipped out par putts.

Only two Lakers broke 80, with No. 6 golfer Isaac Cihak shooting a 78 and senior Michael Herzog a 79.

Cihak was able to qualify for a playoff with three other players for the two final state slots, but shot a bogey on it and was eliminated.

Herzog missed the playoff by one hole, after his two final holes of the round lipped out.

“Isaac played well and had one little mistake on the playoff hole,” Gorden said.

Herzog ends a decorated golf career in which he was on four state tournament teams, which took two state championships, as well as a runner-up and fifth-place finish.

“For an athlete like that to end the way it did for him, it was tough,” Gorden said. “But he’s been playing on the team since seventh grade and he has had a tremendous career. He will definitely be missed.”

Ben Mallow shot DL’s third-best score with an 80, while Christian Hedstrom fired an 82, Tanner Schnathorst an 83 and Luke Payne an 89.

“It’s going to be different not being in the state tournament, but we didn’t get it done this year,” Gorden concluded.

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