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Kohler plays his way to state meet

LP-A’s Dalton Kohler tees off during the Section 8-1A meet last Thursday at the Perham Lakeside Golf Course. Kohler earned a berth in the Class 1A state meet. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A 10-year drought was ended for the Lake Park-Audubon boys’ golf team last Thursday in Perham during the Section 8-1A boys’ golf meet, as senior Dalton Kohler played his way into the Class 1A state meet.

Kohler’s state-berth score of 83 snaps over a decade long streak where no Raider boy golfer has made state, while junior teammate Chase Wiedmann missed the cut by one stroke with an 84.

“Dalton has been striking the ball very well lately and his putting at the section tournament was absolutely magnificent,” said LP-A head coach Cole Wixo. “He one putted 12 greens, most of which were to save par, as he missed quite a few greens, leaving the ball just on the fringe, while having only one three-putt green.”

Wiedmann was one stroke shy of joining Kohler at the Class 1A state meet, which is June 10-11 at Becker’s Pebble Creek Golf Course.

“Both boys performed magnificently and I could not have asked of any more from either of them,” Wixo said. “They played safe shots and hit the fairways, which is vital at Perham’s Lakeside course.

“Chase missed a short one in the final stretch that he wishes he could have back, but both boys only recorded one double bogey on their score cards for the whole 18 holes.”

Kohler had just one more birdie than Wiedmann, which ultimately was the deciding factor between the Raider duo.

Kohler still has his best game in front of him, Wixo added, but making it to state was the ultimate goal.

“I believe he could have shot in the 70’s, but his goal was to make it to state and he stuck to his game plan,” Wixo said. “Next week at the state tournament, he is going to leave nothing on the course and attack the greens.”

Senior Charley Mc-Dunn also qualified for sections for the Raiders.

Two other LP-A golfers in Sam Whitehead and Clay Anderson missed the cut at sub-sections to go to sections by one stroke, as well.

“It was a heart breaker for Sam and Clay, who have played so well all year and have been so dedicated to our team goal,” Wixo said. “Sam and Chase have another year and Clay has two more years to reach their goals, so I am excited for next season already, even though this season isn’t over just yet.”

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