Justesen, Simonich finish careers at state

DL senior Lukas Justesen placed 36th in Jordan; Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich seventh at Bunker Hills.

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Lukas Justesen tees off on the par 3 17th hole at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes senior Lukas Justesen finished his career with a 36th place finish at the Minnesota Class AA state boys golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Wednesday, June 16.

Pace of play was slow during day two of the championships with players lagged at tee boxes until the completion of the girl’s tournament when the course opened up.

Multiple players and spectators talked about the lack of rhythm at Ridges during the opening nine holes.

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Lukas Justesen hits his approach from the 16th fairway. Robert Williams / Tribune


Justesen had a three-hole stretch on both sides of the course he played at even par, but bogeys appeared far more on the scorecard against one birdie at the par 5 18th hole to produce a +10 round of 82.

Justesen finished in a six-way tie for 36th in the top half of the field of 88 golfers.

Perham junior Marcus Belka struggled as well. He and Justesen started the day tied, but Belka finished with a day two score of 87 to drop to a tie for 57th.

The race for medalist honors was a battle won by first round leader Sam Baker of Cloquet. Baker held off under par charges from Beck Erholtz of Staples and New London-Spicer’s Peyton Coahran to win by one stroke personally and lead the Lumberjacks to the team title.

Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich had his hands full in a battle to stay in the top 10 of the Class AAA tournament with all 10 players breaking par. Robert Williams / Tribune

Top 10 battle at Bunker Hills

Scores were low with the entire top 10 shooting under par for the day and the tournament at Bunker Hills Wednesday.

First round co-leader Nate Stevens of Northfield (134) was a two-stroke winner carding a 6-under, 66 to win by two over Minnetonka’s Ian Meyer.


Meyer was the low man of the day at -7 (65).

Jack Wetzel of Edina shared the day one lead with Stevens but a 77 dropped him all the way back to 11th place.

Moorhead’s Ian Simonich wrapped up his high school career for the Spuds with a 1-under round of 71 to share seventh place overall.

Maple Grove was 5-under par as a team (283) to defeat Edina by 19 strokes.

Read more on the AAA tourney here from Forum's Adam Watts.

Class AA boys

Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan

Teams: 1. Cloquet 300-298--598; 2. Totino-Grace 305-311--616; 3. Delano 308-310--618; 4. Blue Earth Area 313-309--621; 5. Pine Island-Zumbrota-Mazeppa 314-313--627; 6. Roseau 326-310--636; 7. Staples-Motley 314-329--643; 8. New London-Spicer 340-310--650



1. Sam Baker, Cloquet, 68-73--141

2. Beck Erholtz, Staples-Motley, 71-71--142;

3. Peyton Coahran, NL-S, 76-69--145;

4. Sam Udovich, St. Croix Lutheran Academy, 75-71--146;

5. Karson Young, Cloquet, 76-73--149;

T6. Andrew Ramos, Totino-Grace, 77-73--150;

T6. Ashton Lloyd, Blue Earth, 78-72--150;


T6. Joseph Scripture, PIZM, 73-77--150;

9. Anders Larson, PIZM, 75-76--151; 9.

T10. Charlie Hanson, Morris, 76-76--152;

T10. Trevor Oja, Delano, 75-77--152;

T10. Riley Schuth, Glencoe-Silver Lake, 76-76--152;

14. Adam Tonsfeldt, Barnesville 76-78 154

T36. Lukas Justesen, Detroit Lakes 78-82 160

T57. Marcus Belka, Perham 78-87 165


Class AAA boys

Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids

Teams: 1. Maple Grove 301-283--584; 2. Edina 298-302--600; 3. Eastview 302-305--607; 4. Farmington 306-303--609; 5. Alexandria 304-309--613; 6. Chaska 305-310--615; 7. Mahtomedi 318-314--632; 8. Duluth East 348-322--670


1. Nate Stevens, Northfield, 68-66--134;

2. Ian Meyer, Minnetonka, 71-65--136;

3. Arthur Ylitalo, Buffalo, 70-67--137;

T4. Mason Roloff, Spring Lake Park, 71-69--140;


T4. Joe Kortan, Moorhead, 69-71--140;

T4. Josh Galvin, Maple Grove, 70-70--140;

T7. Leo Gellert, Mankato West, 73-68--141;

T7. Carson Herron, Minnetonka, 73-68--141;

T7. Ian Simonich, Moorhead, 70-71--141;

10. Danny Renner, Chanhassen, 71-71--142;

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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