Alexandria boys shoot a season low in Bemidji to win in a big field

Young players show their potential as Alexandria wins in Bemidji with a 297.

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Carver Larson lines up his putt on the Marsh 9th green at Geneva Golf Club on Apr. 22, 2021. Larson, an 8th-grader for the Cardinals, shot a 74 in Bemidji on May 10 to help lead Alexandria to a win with a team score of 297. (Photo by Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys golf team shot its lowest round of the season on Monday to win a Central Lakes Conference meet and the Bemidji Invite.

The Cardinals had struggled to put four scores together that would get them around the 300 or lower mark that often wins meets against the teams they play against. Alexandria got that depth in Bemidji to score a 297 and beat Brainerd by 20 strokes. Sartell was third with a 320.

“We finally put four scores together,” head coach Brady Swedberg said. “Our younger guys are getting more and more comfortable every time they tee it up. It’s not only adapting to tournament golf, but tournament golf in the spring in Minnesota. It takes a lot of toughness to play through these conditions that we face most days.”

Sophomore Braeden Sladek was one of two players under par in the tournament. He shot a 71 to take second place, while senior Beck Erholtz of Staples-Motley won with a 70.
Eighth-grader Carver Larson was second for Alexandria with a 74 that tied him for third overall. Ashton Sladek, another 8th-grader, tied for sixth with a 75, and freshman Jack Holtz tied for ninth with a 77.

Senior Grant Rebrovich (82) and junior Andrew Swedberg (82) rounded out the Cardinals’ lineup.


BEMIDJI INVITE AND CLC MEET TOP-10 TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 297; Brainerd - 317; Sartell - 320; Detroit Lakes - 324; Bemidji - 330; Roseau - 331; Fergus Falls - 332; Willmar - 337; Pequot Lakes - 338; Staples-Motley - 339

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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