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GOLF: Bemidji boys take third at home invitaitonal

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BEMIDJI – Elliot Leinen shot an 80 and finished seventh individually at the annual Bemidji High School boys golf invitational which was held Friday at the Bemidji Town and Country Club

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The Lumberjacks placed third in the team chase with 328. They trailed Staples-Motley which won with 310 and Roseau which was second with 315.

Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley was the medalist as he carded a 74 on the par-72 BT-CC layout.

“Monday we opened the season shooting 333 at Coleraine so we trimmed five shots off our score,” said BHS coach Seth Knudson. “Our goal is to get to 310 by the end of the regular season.

“To do that every player will have to trim five shoots off his score,” the coach continued. “That is a lofty goal but you should always set your goals high.”

Bemidji appears to have a balanced roster this spring. In addition to Leinen’s 80 the Lumberjacks had rounds of 82 by Matt Serratore, 83 by Sam Starkey and Matt Gregg and 84 by Sam Bruestle.

Chris Washington rounded out Bemidji’s first team with a 90.

BHS also entered a second squad and the “White” team shot 357.

Isak Bleser and Ben Christopher carded 86s while Jack Johnson shot 91, Tanner Turn and Zach Posner had 94s and Matt Larson finished at 98.

“We did better Friday than we did Monday and if we improve each day we’ll be at our peak for the sections,” Knudson said.

Bemidji Invitational BT-CC (par 72) Staples-Motley 310, Roseau 315, Bemidji Blue 328, Moorhead 353, Kittson County 353, Pequot Lakes 356, Bemidji White 357, Fosston 358, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 376, West Marshall 385, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 386, Lake of the Woods 386, Blackduck 449

Medalist: Israelson (SM) 74

Bemidji Blue: Leinen 80, Serratore 82, Starkey 83, Gregg 83, Bruestle 84, Washington 90

Bemidji White: Bleser 86, Christopher 86, Johnson 91, Turn 94, Posner 94, Larson 98

Blackduck: Gross 112, Haluptzok 112, Pfannenstein 112, Perry 113

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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