Detroit Lakes boys golf fourth at Madden's

Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich leads Spuds to victory.

Ian Simonich tees off on the 14th hole of Detroit Country Club during championship weekend of the 88th Pine to Palm tournament, August, 15, 2020. Robert Williams / Tribune

Defending Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich continued to pace the Moorhead Spuds boys golf team to victories at the Classic Invitational at Madden’s Resort in Gull Lake Wednesday, May 12.

Simonich was the lone golfer under par shooting a 3-under, 69 to create a seven-stroke gap on the rest of the field.

Aside from Simonich, golfers in the rest of the field were all reporting higher than normal scores, according to Detroit Lakes head coach Bob Gorden.

“It is a very tough course that shows a person's weaknesses as you play,” Gorden said. “You need to be spot-on all holes or you pay. Everyone seemed to have two to three holes that were over par.”

Lukas Justesen and Jake Green led Detroit Lakes to a fourth place finish.


Justesen tied for eighth place (79); Green was a stroke back with 80 in a tie for 11th place.

Moorhead’s top three golfers finished in the top 10 and the Spuds (307) defeated Alexandria (320) and Brainerd (320) by 13 strokes. The Lakers shot 326 to finish fourth in a preview of next year’s competition in Section 8AAA.

The Lakers were the top AA team in the field and finished in front of five other AAA teams.

Aiden Lunde tied for 15th (82) and Lawsen Justesen (85) finished 24th to round out the DL team scoring.

The Lakers host the Northwest Classic, a two-day tournament May 14-15. The tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday and starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Gorden will have 14 DL golfers in the tournament jockeying for postseason lineup positions.

Classic Invitational, Madden’s Resort


Teams: 1 Moorhead 307, T2 Alexandria 320, T2 Brainerd 320, 4 Detroit Lakes 326, 5 Buffalo 334, 6 Pequot Lakes 336, 7 Becker 352, 8 Willmar 357, 9 Crosby Ironton/Aitkin 361, 10 St. Cloud Tech 362, 11 Rocori 364, 12 Sauk Rapids 385.

Top 10:

Medalist Ian Simonich, MHD 69

T2 Arthur Ylitalo, BUF 76

T2 Cole Proctor, BRA 76

4 Tyler Seeling, PL 77

T5 Easton Lammers, MHD 78

T5 Joey Simonich, MHD 78


T8 Lukas Justesen, DL 79

T8 Bennett Olson, ALEX 79

T8 Jack Holtz, ALEX 79

T11 Jake Green, DL 80

T11 Braeden Sladek, ALEX 80

Other Detroit Lakes scores:

T15 Aiden Lunde 82

T24 Lawsen Justesen 85


T27 Tommy Suckert 86

T33 Nick Tobkin 88

Read more stories by Robert Williams here .

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