Detroit Lakes golf teams both win Monday

Laker girls win by 17 strokes at Cragun's; boys 20-stroke victors in Jordan. Evan Westrum, Tommy Suckert medalists.

Ben Hines and the Detroit Lakes boys golf team were all over the top of the leaderboard at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Monday, April 26, 2021. Ridges is the site of the Class AA state meet. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Laker girls golf team has won every meet attended this season and continued that streak at the Cardinal Legacy at Cragun’s in Brainerd.

The six-team meet was shortened to nine holes due to rain in the area and temps of 40 degrees.

Laker senior Evan Westrum shot a 3-over-par 39 on Legacy Course No. 3’s back nine recording six pars on her way to a one-stroke victory over Elk River’s Avery O’Donnell for medalist honors.

DL freshman Hanna Knoop and junior McKenna Mallow tied for third (43); seventh-grader Tatum Gatheridge shot 47 to nab seventh place and give the Lakers (172) a 27-stroke team victory over Elk River (199).

All six Detroit Lakes golfers finished in the top 10. Senior McKenna Burhans and freshman Laura Syltie tied for 10th place with matching 52’s.


The Lakers are in Alexandria Wednesday morning, April 28 (9:30 a.m.). The junior varsity is home Tuesday, April 27 at Lakeview. Tees at 1 p.m.

Cardinal Legacy, Cragun’s

Teams: 1 Detroit Lakes 172, 2 Elk River 199, 3 Pequot Lakes 208, 4 Staples-Motley 220, 5 Park Rapids 67, 6 Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin INC.

Top 10

Medalist Evan Westrum Detroit Lakes 39

2 Avery O'Donnell Elk River 40

T3 Hanna Knoop Detroit Lakes 43

T3 McKenna Mallow Detroit Lakes 43


5 Adriana Dickey Staples-Motley 45

6 Madysen Maninga Park Rapids 46

7 Tatum Gatheridge Detroit Lakes 47

T8 Maddie Pederson Pequot Lakes 48

T9 Mallory Uselman Staples-Motley 48

T10 Lexi O'Donnell Elk River 52

T10 McKenna Burhans Detroit Lakes 52

T10 Laura Syltie Detroit Lakes 52


DL boys win at Ridges

The Laker boys owned the leaderboard at the Jordan Invitational at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

“The kids made a few mistakes on some of the tough Ridges holes, hopefully we learn from our errors and keep getting better - nice to have different guys leading us,” said Laker head coach Bob Gorden.

Eighth-grader Tommy Suckert became the fourth different DL golfer to go low this season. Suckert shot 6-over-par 78 to win by two strokes.

The Lakers had the top five finishes at the meet.

Jake Green was the runner-up with an 80. Nick Tobkin, Lukas Justesen and Ben Hines all tied for third place with 83’s. Jack Syltie put all six Lakers in the top 10 tying for ninth place with 89.

The Lakers top four scored 327 to defeat Stewartville by 20 strokes.

The team returns to the area playing at Fergus Falls Friday, April 30 and hosting the DL Invite at Detroit Country Club Tuesday, May 4, 1 p.m. tee times.

Jordan Invite, Ridges at Sand Creek


Teams: 1 Detroit Lakes 327, 2 Stewartville 347, 3 Jordan 369, Belle Plaine 453.

Top 10

1 Tommy Suckert Detroit Lakes 78

2 Jake Green Detroit Lakes 80

T3 Nick Tobkin Detroit Lakes 83

T3 Lukas Justesen Detroit Lakes 83

T3 Ben Hines Detroit Lakes 83

T5 Parker Wangen Stewartville 85


T5 Cole Jannsen Stewartville 85

T5 Grahm Pelowski Jordan 85

8 Caleb Jannsen Stewartville 88

T9 Joseph Hulet Jordan 89

T9 Jack Syltie Detroit Lakes 89

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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