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GOLF: Bemidji teams end seasons; Bagley's Leintz qualifies for state

SAUK CENTRE — Despite wet and miserable conditions, the Bemidji High School boys golf team weathered the storm on day two of the Section 8-3A golf tournament at Greystone Golf Course Tuesday afternoon in Sauk Centre.

The Lumberjacks didn’t have anyone qualify for state, but according to head coach Seth Knudson, the Lumberjacks actually golfed better than they did on Monday.

“The weather was much worse today, but we did much better,” Knudson said, also noting there was standing water on many of the fairways. “Most teams actually did worse today, but we golfed much better.”

Lumberjacks golfer Eliot Leinen shot a team-best 77 (an improvement on his 81 on Monday) to finish with a two-day total of 158. He was three strokes off the state qualification cutoff at 155.

“That 77 was a good score today,” Knudson said. “There were made two other kids with lower scores than him.”

Three other Lumberjacks made the cut Monday and competed in Tuesday’s second round: Sam Starkey, Matt Gregg and Isaac Bleser.

Starkey finished with a two-day total of 83-81-164; Gregg with an 83-85-168 and Bleser with an 83-86-189.

Alexandria won the team title with a two-day score of 623. Individually, Alexandria’s Nick Brundell and Willmar’s Tony Kallevig tied for first place with a two-day total of 146.

Team Results

Alexandria 313-310-623; St. Cloud Tech 303-321-624; Willmar 308-329-637; Moorhead 308-329-637; Sartell-St. Stephen 314-330-644; Brainerd 322-338-660.


Brundell (Alex), 70-76-146; Kallevig (Will), 71-75-146.

Bemidji Results

Leinen 81-77-158; Starkey 83-81-164; Gregg 83-85-168; Bleser 83-86-169.


LONG PRAIRIE — After qualifying for the second day of competition as a team, the Bemidji girls couldn’t advance any further in the Section 8-3A girls tournament here Tuesday.

The Lumberjacks shot 375 on the second day of competition. That score, combined with their 387 on day one of competition, gives them a final two-day tally of 762.

Alexandria won the team meet with a score of 349-339-688.

Individually, Morgan Williams had the best two-day score for Bemidji, shooting 93 on day one and 92 on day two for a total of 185.

Kaitlin Craft had the day-two score for Bemidji with a 90. She finished with a two-day total of 191.

None of the Lumberjacks qualified for the state meet individually.

The medalist for the meet was St. Cloud Tech’s Alizie Portz, who finished with a two-day score of 80-84-164.

Team Results

Alexandria 349-339-688; Buffalo 352-363-715; St. Cloud Tech 363-369-732; Bemidji 387-375-762; Brainerd 387-397-784.


Portz (Tech), 80-84-164.

Bemidji Results

Williams 93-92-185; Miller 94-96-190; Craft 101-90-191; Isaacson 99-97-196; Hinners 105-108-213; Konecne 121-107-228.


In the Section 8-2A meet held Monday at Longbow Golf Course near Walker, Bagley’s Aaron Leintz finished in a tie for third and earned a trip to the state boys meet.

The state 8-2A competition will be June 11-12 at Sand Creek near Jordan.

In the Section 8-2A meet Leintz was one of four golfers to shoot 75 and tie for the final individual entry to the state meet.

Detroit Lakes claimed the top two individual spots in addition to winning the team title. The Lakers finished at 295, well ahead of runner-up Roseau which shot 316.

The medalist was Austin Rusness who carded a 70 while Detroit Lakes’ teammate Karter Smith shot 73.

Joining Leintz at 75 were Michael Herzog of Detroit Lakes, Brady Heppner of Crookston and Levi Soydara of Fergus Falls.

No area girls participated in the Section 8-2A meet.

Detroit Lakes was the team champion with a score of 310.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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