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Boys golf: West Central Area makes jump to Class AA with four starters back

Mitch Dewey and Peyton Hanson will serve as captains for a Knights team that finished fifth at the Class A state tournament a year ago.

Mitchell Dewey
Mitchell Dewey

BARRETT — The West Central Area boys golf team will try to sustain the success it had from the 2021 season while seeing if some new athletes can emerge to replace two graduated seniors as WCA now competes in a new section.

The 2021 season was the best in program history as the Knights won every regular-season meet they played in. They finished fifth at the Class A state tournament after winning the Quad County Conference and section championship.

Grant Beuckens and Tate Christenson were both all-conference players who graduated from that team, but there are four all-conference starters back in junior Peyton Hanson, sophomore Mitch Dewey, freshman Sam Hanson and 8th-grader Marshall Dewey to help lead the way.

“Mitch Dewey and Peyton Hanson will serve as captains,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Dewey was our low scorer last year and took fourth place individually at the section meet. Hanson was also a consistent, solid scorer and will be someone we count on a lot this year. We also return 8th-grader Marshall Dewey and freshmen Sam Hanson, who despite being young last year, both made the all-conference team and they play a lot in the offseason.”

Senior Devon Benson and junior Brett Amundson are a couple of newcomers Hunter could see jumping into the varsity lineup.

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“We look to both of them as the leading prospects to fill out our six-man roster,” Hunter said.

The Knights will take on the additional challenge of making the jump to Class AA as they join the Section 3AA field during the section tournament.

“Marshall, New London-Spicer and Minnewaska were all powerhouses last year,” Hunter said of joining that new section. “We will also be part of two conferences, the West Central Conference and the Quad County Conference.”

2022 WEST CENTRAL AREA BOYS GOLF

COACHES - Head coach - Kraig Hunter, 16th season; Assistant coach - Ben Johnson

WEST CENTRAL AREA BOYS GOLF SCHEDULE

April 12 at Tipsinah Mounds GC, 1 p.m.

April 21 Meet at Balmoral Golf Club, 1 p.m.

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April 22 at Olivia Golf Course, 11 a.m. & at Montevideo, 4 p.m.

April 26 at Pomme de Terre, Noon and at Tipsinah Mounds GC, 4 p.m.

April 28 at Pebble Lake 1 p.m.

May 2 at Tipsinah Mounds GC, 1 p.m.

May 3 at Greystone, Noon & Meadowlark, 4 p.m.

May 11 at Benson, 10 a.m. & at Minnewaska, 2 p.m.

May 12 at Graceville, Noon & at Wheaton, 3:30 p.m.

May 23 at Tipsinah Mounds, 10 a.m.

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May 26 Section meet at Oakdale GC, 9 a.m.

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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