COTTONWOOD - Through rain and wind and even hail, boys golfers from 12 different teams had all sorts of battles to fight through at the Cottonwood Country Club on Tuesday.
But after 18 holes, Dawson-Boyd, led by medalist Easton Popma, emerged as the victor with a team score of 336, besting second-place Russell-Tyler-Ruthton by five strokes to win the Lakeview Invitational.
"It was good for us," Popma said about the team win. "We weren't doing so hot as a team last year, but we're really pulling together this year and everyone's working together."
Photo by Joe Brown
Minneota’s Aaron Buysse watches his drive go off the tee on the par-3 8th hole at the Cottonwood Country Club on Tuesday in the Lakeview Invitational boys’ golf tournament. Buysse carded a 95, shooting the top score for the Vikings, who finished in ninth place in the 12-team competition.
After the Blackjacks and Knights, Fulda (349), Westbrook-Walnut Grove (353) and MACCRAY (400) rounded out the top five.
This spring, wind and rain have been a regular for area golfers, but after a brief hail storm left some of the greens looking less like spring and more like winter, the golfers went back to the clubhouse until the weather subsided. In that time, Popma got some time to refocus.
"I started out slow. It was pretty tough," Popma said. "The hail was pretty crazy. But after that break, I got mentally focused and started knocking down my putts and hitting the shots to where I wanted to."
Team Scores: 1. Dawson-Boyd 336; 2. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 341; 3. Fulda 349; 4. Westbrook-Walnut Grove 353; 5. MACCRAY 400; 6. Benson 403; 7. Canby 404; 8. Lincoln HI 406; 9. Minneota 441; 10. Wabasso 448. INC-Lakeview, Hendricks.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Easton Popma (D-B) 79; 2. Hudson VanDrunen (RTR) 79; 3. Dana Madson (WWG) 81; 4. Dean Schroeder (MACCRAY) 83; 5. Mitch Baumhoefner (Fulda) 84; 6. Nate Christensen (RTR) 85; 7. Mic Holinka (Fulda) 85; 8. Christian Thoen (D-B) 85; 9. Aaron Lange (D-B) 85; 10. Andrew Bakker (RTR) 87.
Dawson-Boyd: Easton Popma 79, Aaron Lange 85, Christian Thoen 85, Ryan Sumner 87.
RTR: Hudson VanDrunen 79, Nate Christiansen 85, Andrew Bakker 87, Ryan O'Toole 90.
Fulda: Mitch Baumhoefner 84, Mic Holinka 85, Aaron Tiesler 89, Todd Peterson 91.
WWG: Dana Madson 81, Taylor Lindaman 90, Reed Bakken 90, Nick Lehnhoff 92.
MACCRAY: Dean Schroeder 83, Charles Rothwell 100, Isaac Gosseling 101, Andrew Gosseling 116.
Benson: Austin Aeikens 95, Max Peterson 97, Christian Larson 103, Kyle Schwendermann 108.
Canby: Nick Simonton 89, Dylan Smith 100, Landon Anderson 106, Gavin Benz 109.
Lincoln HI: Jeramie Blegen 94, Jeff Gladis 102, Jonathan Piehl 103, Jordan Twedt 107.
Minneota: Aaron Buysse 95, Leo Buysse 113, Troy Skaar 113, David Cayetano 120.
Wabasso: Marcus Bruflat 99, Kyle Campbell 113, Conner Huhnerkoch 117, Shawn Zollner 119.
Lakeview: Jackson Lousness 95, Thomas Geihl 104, Hunter Kvistad.
Hendricks: Kolbe Frank 115, Tyson Frank 118, Devon Ward 147.
Popma carded a round of 79, which tied him with RTR's Hudson VanDrunen for the top score. He took medalist honors after officials used the players' scores on hole No. 8.
Clinching the team title, the Blackjacks had three other golfers in the top 11 with Christian Thoen (8th, 85), Aaron Lange (9th, 85) and Ryan Sumner (11th, 87).
"It was real rough out there for the kids, and we told them it was going to be tough," said Blackjacks head coach Dave Baldwin, "so I was glad they did it.
"These guys love to play golf and they were ready for us, so I was happy they hung with it."
For the Knights, Nate Christensen carded a sixth-place score of 85, and Andrew Bakker followed with an 87. A week ago in Tyler, RTR got the best of Dawson-Boyd. But while the Knights came up short on Tuesday, head coach Darin Dahle was pleased to see his team stay close to the Blackjacks.
"We want to do well against them, since we think it'll be between us and Dawson for the conference title," Dahle said. "It was a good measuring stick today and it's nice to see where we are with some of the section teams.
"We knew it'd be tough today, and we'll get another chance against Dawson-Boyd at the conference championship next Friday. We shot pretty well, but we could have used one more kid in the mid 80s."
WWG's Dana Madson finished in third after shooting an 81, helping put the Chargers in fourth place. Taylor Lindaman and Reed Bakken each finished with 90s for WWG.
Finishing in seventh with a score of 404, Canby was led by Nick Simonton's round of 89. Dylan Smith added to the Lancers' effort with a score of 100. Lincoln HI, led by Jeramie Blegen's round of 94, took eighth place with 406.
Minneota's lone senior, Aaron Buysse, led the team with a 95, pushing the Vikings to a ninth-place finish with 441. Wabasso took 10th with 448, with Marcus Bruflat leading the Rabbits with a 99.
Host Lakeview was forced to put in an incomplete score after three of its golfers had to leave the meet due to a school concert. Among the Lakers' finishers, Jackson Lovsness carded the low round with a 95.
The Hendricks Grizzlies, in their first year as a team, also competed at the Lakeview Invitational, with eighth-grader Kolbe Frank leading the team with a 115.