JORDAN, Minn. - Detroit Lakes sits in second place to last year’s state champions Holy Family Catholic after Tuesday’s first-day action at the Minnesota State Class 2A state high school boys golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek.
Players shot a couple holes with dry weather but quickly switched to rain gear for the remainder of the day.
“To start out the round it was pretty calm,” Detroit Lakes sophomore Lukas Justesen said. “It started misting about the third or fourth hole.”
Head coach Bob Gorden talked to his team about performing through distractions and weather at this tournament is typically one of them.
“That’s Jordan and that’s the state tournament,” Gorden said.
Judging green speeds in the changing conditions was the main concern for the players.
“I kept hitting putts past the hole,” said Justesen. “They got slower throughout the day. I made quite a few putts today, but it was hard.”
There were no easy breaks on the course. Justesen made one for himself sinking a 50-foot putt across the green for a birdie on eight, but also took a nine on the par-5, 18th hole with two penalty strokes.
“We didn’t finish 18 very well; that hole has been kind of bad for us at times,” Gorden said. “We’re in position and in the mix though, I didn’t see any team put up a 310.”
Justesen and Hunter Burnside are the only returners from last year’s state runner-up team. The Lakers graduated four seniors. Both golfers have used that experience to lead this year’s team.
“It was a good learning experience and definitely helped me for this year,” said Jusetesen. “I like the pressure. It’s fun and we’ve got depth. Our five and six guys, they’re capable of shooting 75. Everybody is capable of shooting a good number.”
Burnside was atop the leaderboard shooting even par after the opening nine holes and led the Lakers with a 1-over-par 73. He salvaged a bogey after finding the water hazard on hole No. 9 and finished the day in a tie for second place.
“Hunter was solid today,” said Lakers head coach Bob Gorden. “When you get in trouble down here you’ve got to try to make 1-over-par, not two or three. I look for the guys to be more relaxed tomorrow. It’s going to come down to who makes a couple mistakes on the back or who doesn’t when finishing up like last year.”
Justesen shot matching nine hole scores of 40-40 for an eight-over 80.
Holy Family Catholic leads with the team score with a 310 score.