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Laker boys runners-up for second time in program history

The 2018 Class AA runners-up L-R: head coach Bob Gorden, Ben Unruh, Wyatt Blomseth, Hunter Burnside, Lukas Justesen, Collin Ginnaty, Ryan Paskey, assistant coach Vern Schnathorst. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

Holy Family Catholic erased a one-stroke Detroit Lakes advantage at the turn to win the Minnesota boys state Class AA golf championship by three strokes over the Lakers Wednesday, June 13 in Jordan.

“Everybody is disappointed, but second in the state is awful good,” Lakers head coach Bob Gorden said. “We kind of mudded up 18 for two days, yesterday was plus-five and today was plus-one, but you can think back a shot here or there. Three strokes is three strokes. I told the kids we can shoot well today and get beat and we shot well and got beat. It was a fun season; I’m going to miss those seniors and they battled today.”

The finishing hole was troublesome to the last lip-out of Wyatt Blomseth’s career, but the Lakers’ No. 1 golfer nearly won the tournament with a pair of incredible shots late in the round.


Blomseth targeted the par-three, 15th hole with backspin missing a hole-in-one by two inches as the ball reversed towards a potential eagle. On 16, his approach shot on the par-five was nearly destined for eagle as it just rolled past the cup. Had those two shots fell, the difference was four strokes. That is the game of golf.

“It was a lot of fun and it was a grind out there,” Blomseth said. “Realistically, it was our best score of the season for two days by quite a bit. We ended off on a pretty good note; it’s just a little unfortunate that we weren’t able to finish it off.”

Blomseth reached the championship podium placing eighth overall. Ryan Paskey placed 12th.


“Wyatt had a great season and Ryan Paskey had a really good season,” Gorden said.

Collin Ginnaty was 34th and Ben Unruh finished in 40th place as the Lakers’ four seniors led the team in the biggest meet of the year.

“It was pretty special with me and my teammates,” said Blomseth. “The seniors that I played with all three years, it was a lot of fun.”


Hunter Burnside placed 40th in a tie with Unruh and Lukas Justesen was 75th in his first state tournament appearance.

DL’s runner-up team finish is the second in school history to go with the three state championships. The difference was minimal as Holy Family found a way to grab the lead late and shoot a combined score of 600 to the Lakers’ 603.

“I said somebody was going to make a mistake and we made a couple mistakes and that was the difference between winning and losing,” said Gorden.


Section 8AA medalist Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks polished off an impressive senior season winning the individual state title by one stroke over Derek Hitchner of The Blake School.

Minnesota State Class AA State Championship

1 Holy Family Catholic 600, 2 Detroit Lakes 603, 3 Red Wing 619, 4 Cloquet-Esko 622, 5 Blue Earth Area 627, 6 St. Cloud Cathedral 634, 7 Totino-Grace 646, 8 Worthington 693.


1 Nate Deziel, East Grand Forks 137

2 Derek HItchner, Blake School 138

3  Cecil Belisle, Red Wing 139

T-4 Kasen Anderson, St. Croix Prep 144

T-4 Sam Baker, Cloquet-Esko 144

T-6 Luke Alexander, Rochester Lourdes 145

T--6 Glavine Schugel, New Ulm 145

T-8 Wyatt Blomseth, Detroit Lakes 146

T-8 Max Court, Rocori  146

T-12 Ryan Paskey, Detroit Lakes 148

T-34 Collin Ginnaty, Detroit Lakes 155

T-40 Ben Unruh, Detroit Lakes 157

T-40 Hunter Burnside, Detroit Lakes 157

75 Lukas Justesen, Detroit Lakes 175

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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