Holy Family Catholic defended the Class AA boys golf team championship and Detroit Lakes posted a second straight second place finish at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Wednesday, June 12.
Junior Hunter Burnside led the Lakers reaching the podium with an eighth place individual finish.
“I played good the first day and struggled a little bit today,” Burnside said. “We put ourselves in a good position after the first day to have a shot at Holy Family and try and come back from behind because the pressure was on them. We just couldn’t get it done today; we didn’t play our best.”
Burnside shot rounds of 73 (+1) and 80 for a two-day total of 153, 10 strokes behind state champion Cecil Belisle of Red Wing (143).
“Hunter has been a great leader,” DL head coach Bob Gorden said. “He and Lukas (Justesen) were our two returning and I think a lot of people, with losing four seniors last year, were thinking that Detroit Lakes wouldn’t be back here next year and to get up there and get second place was a great accomplishment for these kids.”
Senior Jack Schramel and Justesen both finished the tournament with scores of 162. Schramel was a player who started the year trying to make the team and showed improvement over the season peaking at the right time.
Schramel missed last year’s postseason team in a playoff during the final practice of the regular season. He used that to motivate himself for his senior year.
“When he started the season, he was trying to be the sixth man,” said Gorden. “Assistant coach Greg Unruh told him why not be the third or fourth guy and that’s what he was. It shows what work can do in this game of golf.”
Burnside has been on three straight state podium teams placing third in 2017, and second the past two seasons. He is already looking forward to next year.
“My senior year, I definitely want it,” said Burnside.
Foreign exchange student Daniel Rozsa made an impact near the top of the lineup all season and finished his Laker career fourth on the state team shooting a total score of 164.
The Lakers return four to next year’s team including Jake Green (173) and Drew Schwan (174).
DL placed second for the third time in program history. The Lakers have reached the podium (top three finishes) in seven of 13 state appearances including three championships (2008, 2011, 2012).
Minnesota Class AA Boys state golf tournament, Wednesday, June 12
Team scores: Holy Family Catholic 620, Detroit Lakes 640, Cloquet 641, Red Wing 653, Blue Earth Area 654, Hill Murray 658, St. Cloud Cathedral 676, Jackson County Central 684.
Individual state champion: Cecil Belisle, Red Wing 37-37, 34-35, 143
T-8 Hunter Burnside 36-37, 39-41, 153
Jack Schramel 42-40, 39-41, 162
Lukas Justesen 40-40, 40-42, 162
Daniel Rozsa 40-43, 42-39, 164
Jake Green 40-42, 46-45, 173
Drew Schwan 39-47, 49-39, 174