Detroit Lakes placed fourth in a boys golf matchup of the top returning Class AA and AAA teams from 2018 at the Holy Family - Wayzata Invitational held at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Wednesday, April 24.
Sophomore Lukas Justesen continued a strong start to the season placing third overall with a score of 2-over-par, 74 at the home course of the Class AA state tournament.
“Lukas has had a great start for us,” Laker head coach Bob Gorden said.
Justesen added to a top 10 finish at Becker and medalist honors at the DL Invite jumping to the front of the DL pack to lead three meets into the season. He finished a stroke ahead of four golfers with three-over 75s.
“Happy with the start,” Gorden said. “We have 30 guys out for golf, about 14 competing for first and second varsity playing time. This competition should help us become a very good team if kids keep working as hard as they have been.”
Maple Grove, last year’s AAA champions, bested the field with a team score of 300 behind medalist Nate Adams (-1, 71) and runner-up Payton Miller (+1, 73).
The Crimson finished two strokes better than Waconia, the sixth place team from AA last season. Lakeville North placed third, seven strokes off the lead, followed by Detroit Lakes (319), Wayzata (325), Holy Family (334), Benilde-St. Margaret’s (335), The Blake School (356) and Mounds View (358).
Holy Family defeated Detroit Lakes at last year’s AA state meet by three strokes. The Lakers were 15 strokes better than the Fire Wednesday.
Behind Justesen, sophomore Jake Green (79), senior Daniel Rosza (83), and senior Jack Schramel (83) rounded out the scoring foursome for DL. Senior Jackson Carlblom posted an 87 and fellow senior Logan Burhans carded a 91.
The Lakers have two meets this weekend at Grand Rapids and Staples before hosting a 16-team invitational at Detroit Country Club Tuesday, April 30.
Holy Family Invite, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan.
Teams: Maple Grove 300, Waconia 302, Lakeville North 307, Detroit Lakes 319, Wayzata 325, Holy Family 334, Benilde St. Margaret’s 335, The Blake School 356, Mounds View 358.
Individuals: Medalist - Nate Adams MG 71, 2 Payton Miller MG 73, 3 Lukas Justesen DL 74, T4 Connor Glynn WAC 75, T4 Sam Barger WAC 75, T4 Joe Adams WAC 75, T4 Joey Thomas LN 74.
Lukas Justesen 74, Jake Green 79, Daniel Rozza 83, Jack Schramel 83, Jackson Carlblom 87, Logan Burhans 91.