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Boys golf: Alexandria faces some top competition in opening tournaments

The Cardinals won a four-team meet in the opener on April 28 before taking sixth against many of the top Class AAA programs in the state at The Preview at Edinburgh USA.

Bennett Olsen
Bennett Olsen

The Alexandria boys golf team got its season started late last week as the Cardinals won a four-team meet at the TPC Classic on April 28 before finishing sixth out of 16 Class AAA programs at The Preview at the Edinburgh USA Golf Club in Brooklyn Park.

Alexandria shot a 304, nine shots in front of a good Spring Lake Park team, in the four-team meet. The Cardinals came right back on Friday and Saturday and finished with a two-day score of 620 at Edinburgh.

Alexandria head coach Brady Swedberg called Edina and Spring Lake Park the teams to beat in Class AAA this season with deep and talented teams. They both had good showings at Edinburgh as Edina won with a 590, and Spring Lake Park was close behind at 592.

“I thought it was a great start,” Swedberg said of his team’s first two tournaments. “We had no expectations, and we talked about that a lot going in. For some of these teams down in the cities, they were playing their fourth or fifth tournament of the year being in the southern part of the state where the courses were open. Most of our guys have played nine holes of golf, and not competitive golf. So we knew going in there was going to be some rust. The plan was to go knock the rust off and get back to competing.”

Alexandria senior Braeden Sladek shot a 149 over the two days at The Preview. That was after he tied for first with teammate Bennett Olsen in the season opener as both Olsen and Sladek shot a 74 at the TPC Classic. Olsen finished The Preview with a two-day score of 155.

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“Bennett Olsen had a couple of 74s in there. In both rounds, he was under par through 10 or 11 probably and he didn’t finish as he would have liked to,” Swedberg said. “But that was a definite bright spot was Bennett coming out and playing well.

“Braeden was Braeden playing solid golf. He had a few big numbers that he doesn’t typically make, but that’s a product of not playing golf. It’s knocking some rust off.”

Carver Larson shot a 159 at Edinburg, while Andrew Swedberg (160), Jack Holtz (163) and Ashton Sladek (167) rounded out the lineup.

It was a positive start for the Cardinals as they now jump head first into a busy stretch of their schedule that includes Central Lakes Conference meets in St. Cloud on Monday and in Cold Spring on Tuesday.

“We knew our flaws would be exposed early in the year, and that’s great,” Swedberg said. “We could see where each of our guys were individually, what they need to work on. Overall, I’m very pleased with the way they competed. The scores weren’t incredible, but that’s what happens in spring golf your first couple tournaments out.”

TPC CLASSIC

TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 304; Spring Lake Park - 313; Lakeville North - 315; East Ridge - 338

ALEXANDRIA SCORES - Bennett Olsen - 74; Braeden Sladek - 74; Andrew Swedberg - 77; Carver Larson - 79; Jack Holtz - 79; Ashton Sladek - 89

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THE PREVIEW AT EDINBURGH TWO-DAY MEET

TOP-10 TEAM SCORES - Edina - 590; Spring Lake Park - 592; Eden Prairie - 608; Eastview - 608; Maple Grove - 609; Alexandria - 620; Chaska - 639; Chanhassen - 626; Stillwater - 632; Farmington - 639

ALEXANDRIA TWO-DAY SCORES - Braeden Sladek - 149; Bennett Olsen - 155; Carver Larson - 159; Andrew Swedberg - 160; Jack Holtz - 163; Ashton Sladek - 167

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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