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Bemidji HS boys golf team gears up for Detroit Lakes tournament

The boys golfers will play in a 36-hole tournament this weekend hosted by Detroit Lakes.

Today's round will be played at Longbow and Saturday the venue switches to Wildflower near Detroit Lakes.

"Two-day tournaments are becoming more and more prevalent because they only count as one meet against your schedule," said BHS coach Eric Niskanen. "Detroit Lakes officials decided to have the first round at Longbow because that is the site of their section meet."

The Lumberjacks have been off since finishing third in an 11-team meet held May 12 at Crosby. Joe Welle and Trey Dale each shot 80 to lead the Lumberjacks.

They will compete this weekend along with Rylee Curb, Kevin Larson, Max Hazelton, Jordan Manick and Elliot Leinen.

Niskanen is hoping to see his golfers perform at peak level this weekend because the 8AAA tournament is June 2.

"We scheduled another meet next Tuesday for Greystone because we wanted our section golfers to get another round in on the course," Niskanen said. "The section meet is just around the corner and it sure would be nice to see some good scores posted during these final three rounds."

All but one section slot has been determined, according to Niskanen, as Welle, Larson, Curb, Hazelton and Dale have earned spots on the team.

The remaining position will go to either Manick or Leinen and who earns that spot will be determined by this weekend's play.

"It's important that we play well before heading to the section meet," Niskanen said. "I still have a strong feeling that we have the talent to throw a good number at the section teams."

Moorhead is the team to beat in the section, according to Niskanen, but he thinks Bemidji, Alexandria and Fergus Falls all could challenge the Spuds.

"What we need is a little spark that will get the confidence going in a couple of our guys," the coach said. "And I'm optimistic that will happen."

Girls golf

The girls golf team will also be at Longbow today. Saturday's second half of the Detroit Lakes Invitational will not be played, however.

Bemidji has had a week away from competition. Last Friday the Jacks were sixth at the 16-team Long Prairie Invitational and Sunday they placed ninth in the 14-team meet held at Staples.

BHS will conclude its regular season Tuesday at Detroit Lakes. The post-season will begin June 3 at Long Prairie.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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