Pine to Palm champ Simonich leads Spuds over Detroit Lakes at Fergus Falls

Detroit Lakes shoots a season low score in second place finish.

Ian Simonich, a senior for Moorhead and the reigning Pine to Palm champion, shot six-under-par Friday at Fergus Falls and was a big difference maker on the team scoreboard in the Spuds' victory over Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams / Tribune

Senior Ian Simonich, the 2020 Pine to Palm champion, led the Moorhead Spuds to a three-shot victory over Detroit Lakes, despite the Lakers carding a season-low score of 300 from the top four golfers, at the Fergus Falls Invitational Friday, April 30, at Pebble Lake Golf Course.

Simonich shot a 6-under-par 66 to finish in front of three Lakers: Lukas Justesen (71) in second place, Nick Tobkin and Jake Green in a tie for third with matching 75s.

Tommy Suckert finished with a 79 and a share of 10th place.

Ben Hines was one shot back with an 80 and Logan Schons shot 84 in the sophomore’s first varsity meet.

“Good team score, we had chances of being really low,” DL head coach Bob Gorden said. “Each guy had one or two bad holes, but our hard work and team competition is paying off, improving every day.”


In JV actions, the Lakers won with a team score of 320.

Roseau 341 was second, followed by Fergus Falls 346, Moorhead 351, Alexandria 381 and Crookston 430.

Eighth grader Tyler Stensgard was the medalist with a winning score of 78. Freshman Connor Nelson placed second with a 79.

Other DL scores: Noah Meyer 81, Jack Syltie 82, Carter Whitworth 88, Lawsen Justesen 96.

The Lakers are home at the Detroit Lakes Invite Tuesday May 4, tee times starting at Detroit Country Club at 11:30 a.m.

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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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