Justesen securely in second place, Lakers boys third in a tight race for the Section 8AA golf title
Detroit Lakes is seven shots off the lead and the lone south subsection team in the top four places after day one of the tournament in Bemidji.
Three teams from the north subsection are in the top four spots with only the south subsection runners-up from Detroit Lakes breaking up the early sweep in third place after round one of the Section 8AA boys golf championship at Town & Country Club in Bemidji Monday, June 7.
The north sub champion Roseau Rams lead the field with a four-man score of 319. Warroad placed third last week to grab the last south section qualifying spot, but sits in second place going into Tuesday’s final round, three shots back of the lead.
The Warriors are led by first round leader Jayson Shaugabay, who was the lone golfer under par, shooting a 2-under 70 to take a three stroke lead.
Detroit Lakes’ Lukas Justesen kept pace and sits in second place three shots back after shooting 1-over 73.
Golfers started the round on the 10th hole and Justesen opened with a birdie on the par-5, 445-yard opener. He birdied both par 5’s on the back side, and two par-4 holes, the 13th and 17th. Three bogeys and two pars sent the Laker senior to the turn at 1-under 35.
He birdied hole No. 1, a par 4, and the par-5 ninth to counter a pair of doubles on the front side and parred out at 38 (+2).
Justesen is the only Laker in the top 13 on the leaderboard. The Lakers combined to shoot 326, seven strokes off the lead and four behind second place Warroad.
The Hawley Nuggets, the north runners-up, are only two shots behind Detroit Lakes in fourth place (328).
Barnesville defeated the Lakers by three shots for the south title in Park Rapids last week, but the Trojans currently sit at 335, seven shots behind Hawley, 16 off the lead. Fergus Falls is in sixth place (342).
Roseau’s top golfer Markus Nelson is in third place individually behind Shaugabay and Justesen at 4-over 76.
Barnesville standout Adam Tonsfeldt is a shot back in a three-way tie for fourth place (77) with a pair of individual qualifiers Andreas Aho of United North Central and Marcus Belka of Perham.
The top five individuals not on the winning team advance to state and the current state of the leaderboard is putting a spot in that race at a premium with the top six golfers all from different schools.
Only Warroad and Roseau have two golfers in the top 10, the Warriors’ Hampton Slukynsky (78) and the Rams’ Teagan LaPlante (79).
Hawley’s Sam Burkel (78) and Fergus Falls’ Charlie Fuder round out an eclectic group in the top 10.
The three other scoring Lakers were: Jake Green tied for 14th place at 83 and both Nick Tobkin and Tommy Suckert tied for 20th place with matching 85s.
Fellow Lakers Noah Meyer (92) and Jack Syltie (89) will tee off on championship Tuesday at 9:20 and 9:28 a.m. from hole No. 10. The Lakers go off at eight-minute intervals culminating with the lead group of Justesen, LaPlante and Shaugabay at 10 a.m.
Detroit Lakes is seeking its fifth straight section title in its final year before moving to Class AAA next season. Crookston was the last team to earn the state berth, other than DL, doing so in 2015.
Section 8AA boys golf championship, Town & Country Club, Bemidji
Round 1 of 2
Teams: Roseau 319, Warroad 322, Detroit Lakes 326, Hawley 328, Barnesville 335, Fergus Falls 342.
1 Jayson Shaugabay, WAR 70
2 Lukas Justesen, DL 73
3 Markus Nelson, ROS 76
T4 Adam Tonsfeldt, BAR 77
T4 Andreas Aho, UNC 77
T4 Marcus Belka, PER 77
T7 Hampton Slukynsky, WAR 78
T7 Sam Burkel, HAW 78
9 Teagan LaPlante, ROS 79
T10 Charlie Fuder, FF 80
T10 Max Wilson, ROS 80
T14 Jake Green, DL 83
T20 Nick Tobkin, DL 85
T20 Tommy Suckert, DL 85
T31 Jack Syltie, DL 89
T42 Noah Meyer, DL 92
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