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Golf: Patriots have veteran lineup

The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys golf team looks to improve this spring with six letterwinners, including Section 8-2A qualifier John Marchwick. "We lost a lot of leadership from last year, but have some capable younger players ready to participate...

The 2018 Patriot boys golf team. Front row, from left: Joey Dotty, Grant Gilliss, Tyler Seeling, Quady Bernu and Luke Tangen. Back row: Brodie Olson, Ben Golden, Brendan Brill, Hunter Nybakken and Henry Neva. Not pictured: John Marchwick.
The 2018 Patriot boys golf team. Front row, from left: Joey Dotty, Grant Gilliss, Tyler Seeling, Quady Bernu and Luke Tangen. Back row: Brodie Olson, Ben Golden, Brendan Brill, Hunter Nybakken and Henry Neva. Not pictured: John Marchwick. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys golf team looks to improve this spring with six letterwinners, including Section 8-2A qualifier John Marchwick.

"We lost a lot of leadership from last year, but have some capable younger players ready to participate competitively," said Coach Steve Stoxen, who starts his 33rd season as head coach. "What we lack competitively is the experience needed to focus mentally for 18 holes no matter what type of elements we may face."

Stoxen added that "our younger players need to take the next step to practice their weaknesses and apply it with the mental side of the game to hopefully shoot some scores in the low 80s or high 70s. To place in meets as a team, our (four individual) scores need to be in the 320s at the very minimum."

Returning letterwinners besides Marchwick are Henry Neva, Tyler Seeling, Luke Tangen, Hunter Nybakken, Brodie Olson and Ben Golden. Others who could contribute are Quady Bernu, Joey Dotty, Brendan Brill, Grant Gilliss and Max Krieger.

"Our players are grateful to our surrounding courses (Crosswoods, Breezy Point, Whitefish, The Preserve and The Pines, The Legacy and Deacons) for the opportunities to play, practice and work on improving their games. We would not even be able to have a golf program without the generosity of these facilities."

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Bob Fischer and Tyler Goginon are assistant coaches for the Patriots, who finished fifth at the South Subsection 8-2A meet last spring.

Pequot Lakes boys' golf

APRIL

13 - Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, 2 p.m.

19 - Pequot Lakes Invitational (Legacy), 1 p.m.

20 - Pequot Lakes Invitational (Legacy), 10 a.m.

28 - Pequot Lakes at Staples-Motley, 9:30 a.m.

MAY

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1 - Staples-Motley, Wadena-DC at Pequot Lakes (Preserve), 3 p.m.

3 - Pequot Lakes at Aitkin, 10:30 a.m.

4 - Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids, 9 a.m.

7 - Pequot Lakes at Bemidji, 9 a.m.

8 - Pequot Lakes at Pine River-Backus (Whitetail Run), 4 p.m.

10 - Pequot Lakes at Aitkin, 11 a.m.

14 - Mid-State meet at Pequot Lakes (Preserve), 8:30 a.m.

14 - Pequot Lakes at St. Cloud Apollo (Territories), 8:15 a.m.

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16 - Pequot Lakes Invitational (Deacon's Lodge), 3 p.m.

21 - Mid-Minn meet at Pequot Lakes (Cragun's Legacy), noon

22 - Pequot Lakes at Brainerd (Cragun's Legacy), 9:30 a.m.

24 - Pequot Lakes at Brainerd (Preserve), 9 a.m.

30 - Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids (Subsection), TBD

JUNE

4 - Pequot Lakes at Bemidji (Section), TBD

5 - Pequot Lakes at Bemidji (Section), TBD

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