By Pat Miller
DETROIT LAKES - Last weekend the Bemidji High School boys golf team struggled at the season-opening meet in Jordan. Tuesday at Wildflower near Detroit Lakes, however, the Lumberjacks displayed their predicted form.
The transformation resulted in a second-place finish at the 16-team event as BHS shot 312.
Staples-Motley won the meet with 309.
"Even though we didn't have two of our guys last weekend we demonstrated huge improvement on Tuesday," said Jacks coach Seth Knudson. "We're chalking the performance at Jordan to a bad day. Today I could see the improvement in the kids' mental approach. And that different approach helped them bounce back with solid rounds."
Leading the way were Kodi Craft and Trey Dale who each shot 77 on the par-72 layout. A stroke behind them was Zach Rickers while Elliot Leinen and Ryan Erickson carded rounds of 80. Sam Starkey finished at 90.
"I think we should shoot these types of scores every time," Knudson said. "I knew we were capable of shooting these scores and on Tuesday we proved that."
The Lumberjacks return to action Friday and Saturday at the Pequot Lakes Invitational.
April also sees Bemidji playing at Brainerd on April 24 and at Staples on April 28.
In May BHS will compete at Park Rapids and Alexandria before hosting its annual invitational May 7 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.
Detroit Lakes Invitational
At Wildflower (36-36-72)
Staples-Motley 309, Bemidji 312, Detroit Lakes 312, Grand Rapids 312, Moorhead 334, Denfeld 336, EGF 336, Crookston 336, Park Rapids 339, Fargo Davies 340, West Fargo 343, Crosby-Ironton 364, Fosston 368, Park Christian 368, Lake Park 368, Wadena 410
Medalist: Forsberg (SM) 73
Bemidji's results: Craft 40-37-77, Dale 38-39-77, Rickers 40-38-78, Leinen 43-37-80, Erickson 40-40-80, Starkey 43-47-90