The West Central Area boys golf team qualified for its first-ever state tournament on Tuesday as the Knights finished the two-day Section 6A championship in first place.
West Central Area won with a team score of 709 at the Perham Lakeside Golf Course June 7-8. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy was second with a 725, and Breckenridge was third (738).
“I am so happy for these boys to get a state tourney experience,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They are all really good kids and are so deserving. It was a sweltering two-day grind in 94 degree heat. Our boys did what they’ve done all year and that is show their team depth. We only had one player in the top 5, but we usually have five out of the top 15 overall, which shows they’re the deepest team. If one of them has an off day, the others are always there to pick them up.”
Mitch Dewey (87, 84 - 171) led the Knights as he tied for third individually with Noah Kapenga from Pelican Rapids. Underwood’s Trevor Swonger was the tournament medalist, and Joel Quam of Hillcrest was second. Tate Christenson (89, 88 - 177), Sam Hanson (100, 110 - 210), Marshall Dewey (93, 91 - 184), Peyton Hanson (89, 88 - 177) and Grant Beuckens (93, 93 - 186) joined Mitch Dewey in bringing home the title for WCA.
“It is quite an accomplishment for Mitch to tie for 3rd overall,” Hunter said. “He’s got as good of an all-around game as anyone out there and is just steady and solid. I’m also proud that our kids take pride in their short games. We work on it a lot at different spots all around our course at practice and I see our boys getting some saves that most high school players don’t. All of those strokes make a difference, and I love their heart and grit they play with on every stroke.”
The Knights will now join the other top Class A teams from around Minnesota at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker June 15 and 16 for the state tournament.
Hunter 11th for WCA girls
West Central Area’s Lexi Hunter also placed 11th individually in the Section 6A girls tournament.
The top team and the next five lowest individuals advance to the state tournament.
Hunter was eighth among the individuals who did not make state with a team, leaving her just three spots shy of qualifying. As a sophomore, Hunter will have more opportunities to qualify in the next couple springs after playing right with the top players in the section this year.
SECTION 6A CHAMPIONSHIP TOP-4 TEAM SCORES - West Central Area - 709; Hillcrest Lutheran - 725; Breckenridge - 738; Pine-River-Backus - 740
Triebenbach, Imdieke compete on day two
Osakis had two athletes competing in day two of the Section 6AA tournament as both Kadyn Triebenbach and Drew Imdieke qualified for the second round after day one.
Triebenbach, a senior for the Silverstreaks who has been a fixture on the varsity team for years, saw her career end at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell on June 7. She shot a 104 in the second round after carding a 91 in round one. That 195 left her 13 strokes off of the final individual state-qualifying score.
Imdieke, a freshman, finished nine shots back of the final state qualifying score on the boys’ side. He shot a two-day score of 166.