Burnside, Busker to compete at senior showcase

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Hunter Burnside tees off during Tuesday qualifying of the 2019 Pine to Palm golf tournament. Robert Williams / Tribune

High school senior golfers are going to get a final shot at competition during what would normally be state tournament time.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf is hosting the 2020 Minnesota High School Senior Golf Showcase. This seniors-only, one day, individual 18-hole tournament will be played at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, the annual host of the Minnesota Class AAA Golf Championship, June 9-10.

The dates coincide with what would normally be the two playing days of the state tournaments with Class A typically in Becker and Class AA in Jordan.

In the tournament announcement, Minnesota PGA Junior Golf wanted to honor Minnesota’s high school seniors by hosting one last tournament for the boys and girls of the Class of 2020.

The event is not sanctioned by the Minnesota High School League and due to social distancing, the fields are limited to a maximum of 114 boys and 114 girls.


The cost of entry is $40 per participant.

Registration opened the first week of May to any high school seniors who attend school in the state of Minnesota in the 2019-2020 school year and will be graduating in the spring of 2020.

Two Detroit Lakes golfers have registered already: Hunter Burnside and Shelby Busker.

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Shelby Busker has been a strong performer on the Minnesota PGA Junior circuit. She was last summer’s Minnesota PGA Junior Golf ‘Sota Series player of the year. Robert Williams / Tribune

Busker finished eighth at Class AA state last season and was last summer’s Minnesota PGA Junior Golf ‘Sota Series player of the year. She was one of the feature players mentioned in the initial announcement of the tournament in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Busker has signed to play at Division I Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) this coming fall.

Burnside was the DL boys’ top state finisher also reaching the podium in eighth place last season. He has signed to play at Division I Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Other area golfers registered as of Wed., May 27 include: Trey Soydara, Fergus Falls and Sydney Cook, of Hawley.


The boy’s event will be held on Tuesday, June 9 with tee times running from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The girl’s event will be on Wednesday, June 10 with the same schedule of tee times.

The tournaments are subject to change due to Executive Order protocols.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf will be conducting events in accordance with Minnesota Executive Orders put in place by Gov. Tim Walz. Should any recommendations, Executive Orders, or Federal regulations change between registration and the event dates, MNPGA will comply with all changes and will adapt the event as needed to conduct an effective tournament. Should these recommendations or changes affect the quality of the tournament or prohibit the tournament from taking place, full refunds for each participant will be provided.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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