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Raiders return all starters from 2013

The 2014 Lake Park-Audubon boys golf team includes (L to R) front: Clay Anderson, Issiah Evans, Parker Bowers, Sam Whitehead and Scott Meacham. Middle: Dominic Todd, Charley McDunn, Michael Donovan, Blake Greenleaf, Walker Monroe, Baily Lewis and Eli Bjerken. Back: Adam Wolfswinkel, Jakey Sherbrooke, Wyatt Monroe, Dalton Kohler, Chris Donovan, Anthony Lage, Joseph Peterson and Chase Wiedmann. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Big numbers and strong experience will be a couple of main ingredients for the improving Lake Park-Audubon boys’ golf team.

All of last year’s starters return for the Raiders, which include seniors Dalton Kohler, Charley McDunn, juniors Sam Whitehead, Chase Wiedmann, Chris Donovan, Wyatt Monroe and sophomore Clay Anderson.

Each of Kohler and Wiedmann qualified for the section meet last year, while just missing state berths.

“Both young men just missed out on the trip to state by a few strokes, so I am expecting big things from these two this season,” said LP-A head boys’ golf coach Cole Wixo. “They had a taste of success and have worked hard in the off season to put themselves in contention for the state meet this year.”

Whitehead will also be looked upon to provide low scores for the Raiders after a strong offseason where he traveled in the summer playing in the Minnesota Junior PGA circuit.

“His swing has improved tremendously and has added power and distance to his game,” Wixo said. “Sam knows the game of golf inside and out and is a true student of the game. I will often see him practicing impractical situations and ask why he is practicing that shot.

“Sam is always one of the first people to practice and the last ones to leave, I have no doubt that he will also be chasing all conference and section leaders this year.”

McDunn is looked upon to have an improved season, while Anderson also played in many Junior PGA events in the summer.

“Clay has had a little bit of a growth spurt and has also added some distance to his game as well, which will be highly beneficial to lowering his scores,” Wixo said. “Our last spot will be up for grabs, but was a toss-up between Wyatt Monroe and Chris Donovan last year who were usually neck and neck during our weekly playoffs.

“Varsity spots in golf are never a guarantee, so we have a number of other golfers on the team who will be gunning for those spots as well.”

With that experience returning, LP-A will be hoping to finish in the top three of the Pine to Prairie Conference.

Top contenders in the conference include Mahnomen, Bagley, Fosston and Ada-Borup.

“We will be golfing in all of our conference meets as well as a few invites hosted by Perham,” Wixo said. “We are really excited to get the opportunity to play Perham’s course a few times this year, as that is our sub-section and section course.”

The Raiders’ home course is Forest Hills Golf Course.