Simonich, Justesen duel at North-South tournament
Pine to Palm champ edges Lakers' top golfer by one stroke in a matchup of Mr. Minnesota Golf candidates.
Moorhead’s Ian Simonich and Detroit Lakes’ Lukas Justesen went head-to-head over two days in what ended in a one-stroke difference between the two Mr. Minnesota Golf candidates at the seven-team Detroit Lakes North/South tournament in Bemidji and Park Rapids May 21-22.
“Lukas and Ian had a shootout going,” Detroit Lakes head coach Bob Gorden said.
Both golfers were shooting under par on Friday in Bemidji, but made a couple mistakes, according to Gorden.
“Lukas was 3-under going into 18, one unlucky break and one bad shot and finished even,” he said.
Simonich, the 2020 Pine to Palm champion, also finished his round at even par and his Spuds led the Lakers in the team competition by six strokes (306-312) heading to Park Rapids for Saturday’s final round.
Simonich’s 3-under par round of 69 was one stroke better than Justesen’s 70 (-2) to clinch medalist honors at Headwaters.
Moorhead claimed the team title with a combined score of 601 with three Spuds in the top 10. Detroit Lakes and Fargo Davies also had three players in the top 10 each to tie for second place (623).
Davies made up seven strokes on the Lakers and leap-frogged Fargo North in the standings at Park Rapids to earn the share of second place.
Fellow Lakers’ Noah Meyer and Jake Green tied for 10th place with two round totals of 158.
Bemidji’s Nick Yavarow broke up the three-team run of top 10 individual finishes tying for fifth place.
“Overall, not a bad weekend, but showed a few little things players need to get better at coming down the stretch,” said Gorden.
A dozen different Lakers played the tournament with five of the six postseason roster spots filled heading into practice Monday.
Justesen, Green and Nick Tobkin have secured playoff spots as the top three DL golfers this season.
Two other players earned spots at the North-South tournament, leaving the last position up for grabs in a playoff at Monday’s practice. Gorden will announce the full team to his squad before publicly revealing the lineup for sections and state.
DL will finish the regular season at the Fargo Davies Invite at Rose Creek on Thursday, May 27, beginning at 9 a.m.
Sub-sections will be held at Headwaters in Park Rapids on Wednesday, June 2 with the Section 8AA tournament at Bemidji June 7-8.
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Northwest Invitational, Bemidji Town and Country Club; Headwaters Golf Club
Teams: Moorhead 601, Detroit Lakes 623, Fargo Davies 623, Fargo North 643, Bemidji 663, Big Lake 667, Becker 683.
Medalist: Ian Simonich, MHD 72-69 141
2 Lukas Justesen, DL 72-70 142
T3 Joey Simonich, MHD 151
T3 Jayce Johnson, FD 151
T5 Nick Yavarow, BEM 153
T5 Sam Suppes, FD 153
T5 Joe Kortan, MHD 153
T8 Gabe Benson, FD 154
T8 Landon Olson, FN 154
T10 Noah Meyer, DL 158
T10 Jake Green, DL 158
T16 Connor Nelson, DL 161
19 Jack Syltie, DL 162
22 Nick Tobkin, DL 164
T26 Aiden Lunde, DL 168
28 Tommy Suckert, DL 169
29 Lawsen Justesen, DL 179
T32 Logan Schons, DL 173
T38 Brocke Burhans, DL 176
T47 Max Poole, DL 180
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