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Area Boys Golf: Patriots 5th after Day One

The Pequot Lakes team and three individuals battled in the heat in the Class 2A and 1A State Tournaments.

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Staples-Motley freshman Carter White reads the green during the first round of the Class 2A State Boys Golf Tournament Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan
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JORDAN — For the first time all season, someone other than Tyler Seeling led the Pequot Lakes Patriots team.

Junior Anthony Armstrong opened the Class 2A State Tournament Tuesday, June 14, at Ridges at Sand Creek, with an 80 to lead the Patriots to fifth place after the opening round.

Armstrong fired a 1-over 37 on his first nine, the course’s back nine. He was 1-over after the 11th hole, but carded back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15 to get to 1-under for the tournament. He stayed there until a double bogey on the 18th, his ninth hole.

On his second nine, Armstrong, hit a stretch of double, double and bogey before making a birdie on the sixth hole to get back to 5-over. Armstrong then closed out with three straight bogeys for 43 on the back.

“What surprises me most about Anthony is his maturity and growth,” Pequot Lakes head boys golf coach Steve Stoxen said. “He’s always capable of playing good golf. He’s just starting to see the results of his efforts throughout the season. He’s just been working hard to remain even-keeled when he runs into difficulty. I think he’s starting to do that.”

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Seeling opened on the 10th hole and posted three pars. A bogey on his fourth hole preceded a nine on the 280-yard 14th hole to put the senior 6-over for his round. He added a double bogey on his eighth hole before a birdie 4 on the par 5 18th had him shooting a 7-over 43 on his first nine.

Seeling was back to his normal self on his second nine, the course’s front nine, with a 2-over 38 to finish with an 81.

Seventh-grader Tollef Birkeland shot 83 and Cooper Johnson fired an 86 for Pequot’s 330 team score. Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa leads the standings after Day One with a 309.

“I think the kids played well for the first time,” Stoxen said. “I know Tyler was a little disappointed in one of his holes, but he’ll turn that around and play better. After his disruption there with a big number, he turned it around and played well.

“Then little Tollef has just got a strong game mentally. His personality and the way he approaches the game and handles himself during difficult times on the course is such a strength to have as a seventh grader.

“For a young group, being down there for the first time in a long time, they hung in there and battled well.”

Staples-Motley freshman Carter White matched Seeling’s 81 to land in a tie for 25th. White, playing in his second state tournament, opened with a birdie 4 on the 10th hole, his first of the day. He quickly gave the stroke back with a bogey on 11 and then proceeded to shoot 6-over on the next eight holes for a front nine 42.

“He was going along really well and then he made bogey on the 13th and a double on 14,” Staples-Motley head coach Glen Hasselberg said. “It’s just a whole different arena than just a Mid-Minn meet or an invite. This golf course lends itself to either playing really well or grabbing your real quick.

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“He’s capable of putting a number up. We know that. So is Tyler Seeling. You just need to tell him to enjoy the moment. He’s got three more years to hopefully come to this place.”

White settled in on the second nine shooting a 3-over 39 with three bogeys and six pars.

Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin’s Frank Meyer made his state debut with a 92 to find himself in 78th place.

Team scores: 1-Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 309, 2-Totino-Grace 320, 3-Roseau 322, 4-Holy Family Catholic 326, 5-Pequot Lakes 330, 6-New London-Spicer 331, 7-Cloquet 332, 8-Blake 343

Individual first-round leader: Jacob Ferrin (Southwest Christian) 71, Kaiden Brovold (St. Peter) 71

Pequot Lakes results: 23t-Anthony Armstrong 80, 25t-Tyler Seeling 81, 41t-Tollef Birkeland 83, 63-Cooper Johnson 86, 75-Michael Oseland 89, 81-Logan Fogarty 94

Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin results: 78-Frank Meyer 92

Staples-Motley results: 25t-Carter White 81

Next: Class 2A State Tournament final round at Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15.

Class 1A

BECKER — Joseph Zaczkowski opened the Class 1A State Tournament Tuesday, June 14, with an 89 at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

The Pine River-Backus junior opened on the back nine and fired a 6-over 42 with three pars and six bogeys. Zaczkowski didn’t see a double bogey until his 11th hole, the 500-yard par 5, second hole. He posted two more doubles on the two front-nine par 3s to go with five bogeys and a par for a 47 and his opening 89.

Zaczkowski is sitting in 43rd place trailing first-round leaders Cole Witherow of New Life Academy and Noah Scullard-Bender of Duluth Marshall. Those two opened with a 1-over 73.

Team scores: 1-Fertile-Beltrami 323, 2-Duluth Marshall 333, 3-Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 339, 4-Lakeview 346, 5-Park Christian 355, 6-New Life Academy 360, 7-United South Central 362, 8-Rushford-Peterson 391

Individual first-round leader: Cole Witherow (New Life) 73, Noah Scullard-Bender (Duluth Marshall) 73

Pine River-Backus results: 43-Joseph Zaczkowski 89

Next: Class 1A State Tournament final round at Pebble Creek Golf Club, Becker, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 218-855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop.

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