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Boys Golf: Young Streaks squad finishes fifth in the Central Minnesota Conference

Osakis junior Derek Hetland hits a drive during the Central Minnesota Conference meet Friday at Osakis Country Club. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Osakis Review)1 / 3
Senior RJ Dykema hits an approach shot onto the first green Friday during the Silverstreaks' Central Minnesota Conference meet at Osakis Country Club on Friday. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Osakis Review)2 / 3
Osakis junior Riley Moundson looks on as his ball flies down the fairway during Friday's conference meet at Osakis Golf Club. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Osakis Review)3 / 3

In the last two nine-hole conference rounds of the season, the Osakis boys golf team took sixth at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa meet and fifth on their home course, finishing the year in fifth place in the Central Minnesota Conference.

“They’ve started to have a little more confidence in their game,” coach Jay Johnson said. “We’ve improved our scores dramatically since the beginning of the year. The people who were struggling are now able to contribute a lot more.”

The young team’s lone senior, RJ Dykema, didn’t have his best day on the courses and ended up with a 43 at BBE and a fourth-place 44 at Osakis Country Club.

At BBE, he struggled with his putting, saying, “I had a bunch of good shots, but I just wasn’t putting the ball in the hole very well. That was my main problem, once I was on the green I didn’t putt very well.”

When they got to Osakis, his short game picked up, but so did the wind. As for playing on his home course, he said it can force negative thoughts if he doesn’t play as well as he can on a course that he’s played so many times.

“You’ve got a predetermined goal you should reach – what you should reach when you play your own course –.and if you don’t, you kind of get frustrated, and it’s a mental game from there on out. Other courses, you just go out there and hit it, which is probably better.”

Despite the disappointing finish for his last meet on his home course, Dykema still earned all-conference honors by finishing fourth overall with a nine-hole average score of 42.33.

Beating him were Adam Sandquist and Nathan Vossen of Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins and Jordan Wegner of Paynesville.

The second score for the Silverstreaks was a 91 from sophomore Tyler Young (44 BBE, 47 Osakis), followed by a 94 from junior Derek Hetland (49 BBE, 45 Osakis).

“Overall I wasn’t impressed with how I played at BBE,” said Hetland. “I left a lot of shots on the course. I think it was because I wasn’t setting myself up correctly and I was too aggressive, and that got me into trouble. Then I came back to Osakis and felt a little more relaxed on the home course. I knew what I wanted to do. Some shots worked and some didn’t. I just enjoy golfing here with other people to see how they approach the same holes I do.”

While Dykema said high expectations on the home course can set golfers up for a downfall, Hetland thinks the pros of playing at home outweigh the cons because he can know where the pin is and won’t run into any unexpected hazards.

Riley Moundson rounded out the Streaks’ BBE score with a 54, while Tanner Matthews’ 51 was the fourth score entered at Osakis. Moundson added a 57 at Osakis to total 111 on the day, while Mathews posted a 55 at BBE for a 106 total.

Jace Twardowski carded a 55 at BBE and a 54 at Osakis to just miss the scoring at both courses.

The Silverstreaks play an invitational at Geneva Golf Club and have another pre-section round at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course before the section meet on June 5-6.

“Geneva is very similar length-wise to Blackberry in my opinion,” Dykema said. “It plays hard like Blackberry. Big fairways, but it’s still very challenging. It kind of fools you. Geneva is going to be a good test, and then we have another practice round at Blackberry before. You don’t have to play great down there. You just have to play well, and you should be able to make it to the next day.”

BBE INVITE

TEAM RESULTS – Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins - 172; Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa - 176; Pierz - 179; Maple Lake - 184; Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 189; Osakis - 190; Paynesville - 224

OSAKIS – RJ Dykema - 43; Tyler Young - 44; Derek Hetland - 49; Riley Moundson - 54; Tanner Mathews - 55; Jace Twardowski - 55

OSAKIS INVITE

TEAM RESULTS – Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins - 174; Pierz - 181; Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa - 184; Osakis - 187; Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 191; Maple Lake 196; Paynesville - 227

OSAKIS – Dykema - 44; Hetland - 45; Young - 47;  Mathews - 51; Twardowski - 54; Moundson - 57

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS

K-EVW - 1,230; BBE - 1,282; Pierz - 1,288; Maple Lake - 1,304; Osakis - 1,331; HL-W-W - 1,341; Paynesville - 1,493

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