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July 6, 2022

6/10/2022 2:34:00 PM
Three area golfers heading to state meet

The North Branch girls golf team was surprisingly led in their section bid by junior Olivia Weyenberg in the Section 5AA golf meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

Although she has been a strong golfer for the Vikings this year, senior Hailey Bistodeau had qualified for the state meet last year and led the Lady Vikes at most meets this year.

But after the whole North Branch team qualified for the second day, Weyenberg made her move. She was in eighth place at the beginning of the day with a first round 92, but figured instead of just trying to fend off challengers, she took charge and shot an 84 to rocket up to fifth place overall.

Her second round included two birdies and a stretch where she shot even par over  five holes.

“Olivia played great all tournament and especially on day two,” Head Coach Chad Bistodeau said. “That second round was her career best  by three shots.  Olivia is always cool and calm, and the second round was no different.  When she had a bad hole, she came back with three or four good holes.  She never let the pressure get to her and finished the round birdie-par!  She's a wonderful young player with a bright future!”

Ashley Bistodeau shot a 93-94 to finish in ninth place with a score of 187. Hailey Bistodeau went 96-93 for a 189 and Rachel Wurdemann shot a 100 and 106 to finish in 22nd place.

Providence Academy won the event and the state berth with a score of 707 while North Branch came in third place with 758 strokes.

Freshman Tyler Minke battled through some nasty weather on the first day of the Section 5AA championships at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

The winds were high and the players battled some rock hard greens.

But, much like Weyenberg, Minke, who was in the mix for the top 10 after day one, made a big move on day two.
He shot a 75, including an eagle on hole 16 and 12 pars, putting together a strong, steady round.

“Tyler played very well on the second day. He was focused and confident all day,” Coach Ryan Minke said. “He never got rattled down the stretch and just kept hitting quality golf shots. For a ninth grader to play with that type of composure was impressive.”

North Branch ended up finishing in fifth place with senior Jack Gladitsch also joining Minke on the second day after shooting an 83 in the first round. He backed that up with an 81 but didn’t quite make the state cut, shooting a 164.
Andrew Thauwald shot a 95, Drake Dimich carded a 95 and Trever Johnson had a 108.

Both Minke and Weyenbern qualfied for the state tournament at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15. Tee times were not available at press time.

The Chisago Lakes Wildcats girls team competed in the Section 7AAA golf championships on Thursday, June 2 at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley.

The Wildcats had high hopes of a good performance after finishing runner-up in the regular season in the Mississippi 8 conference.

Junior Emily Erickson led the Wildcats with an 86. freshman Kali Hanson shot a 93, junior Haley Overgaard carded a 98, senior Lily Fasbender scored a 103, freshman Joee Westland had a 106 and junior Laine Devries rounded out the squad with a 110.

Erickson was the sole Wildcat to make the cut and play on Saturday. She began the day in seventh place overall and in competition for a state tournament bid.

She played a smart, solid round of 85 and with that score earned a place in the state tournament representing the section.

The Class AAA state golf tourney will be played at Bunker Hills Golf course on June 14 and 15.

The boys only advanced one golfer to the second round, and that was eighth grader Joe Froberg.

He had a great opener at Grand National in Hinckley, shooting an 82 and putting himself in contention for a shot at a state bid.

But, a second round 93 did him no favors as he fell short.

Junior Brock Thompson shot an 84 in the opener, and Andrew Swanson and Mac Koch had 87s. Joe Alexander rounded out CL’s scores with an 89.

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