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Golf: Bruestle owns first-day lead at section meet

SAUK CENTRE -- A successful season is often highlighted by a team playing its best at the end of the year and Tuesday at the Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre the Bemidji boys golfers accomplished that feat.

As a group the Lumberjacks shot 314, a score that was 16 shots lower than the spring's previous best. Sparking that success was Sam Bruestle's even-par 72 and Matt Gregg's 73. Bruestle's career-low round represented Tuesday's best score and Gregg finished the day among a four-way tie for second.

The low six teams and 12 individuals not on those teams advanced to today's second round and joining Bruestle and Gregg on the course today will be Jack Johnson who made the 18-hole cut by shooting 83.

"It was a nice day on the course and Sam and Matt have put themselves in very good shape to qualify for the state meet," said BHS coach Seth Knudson.

Following Wednesday's action the top team and the top five individuals not on that team will qualify for the state meet. Buffalo has the edge in the team chase as it shot 299 Tuesday. The other teams that advanced to today's action are Sartell (305), Willmar (305), Moorhead (306), Brainerd (309) and Alexandria (312).

Bemidji was two shots behind Alexandria for that final spot.

"In the back of my mind I would have been pleased if we had shot 320," Knudson said, "so shooting 314 is very satisfying. It would have been nice to get that sixth spot and be playing as a team on the second day but shooting as well as we did is a nice way to end the year. Shooting 314 is exciting, not only for now but for the future."

Bemidji's other Tuesday's scores were Leo Spry's 86, Chris Washington's 91 and Isaac Bleser's 98.

"Our goal all season was to improve a little each time out and to play our best at the end. And we did that," Knudson said.

Bruestle's card featured two birdies and two bogeys while Gregg had four birdies and five bogeys and Johnson finished at 41-42-83. Knudson was happy with those performances but he wasn't surprised.

"Sam shot 83 or 84 most of the year but he usually had one or two high scoring holes in his round," the coach said. "But on Tuesday he didn't get himself in any trouble.

"Matt also had a steady round and it is great to see Jack playing on Wednesday. Now he can go out, play his game and gain some experience without any pressure."

Williams leads girls

Alexandria appears to have a lock on the section girls title but Bemidji held third place after Tuesday's opening round. Leading the Lumberjacks is Morgan Williams who fashioned an 80 on the par-72 Greystone layout.

That score puts Williams into solid position to qualify for the state meet. The top team after today's 18 holes and the top five golfers not on that team will advance to state. Williams enters today's action fifth among the golfers not representing Alexandria.

Morgan MIller also has a shot at a top-five finish as she shot 88 Tuesday. Miller will have to trim her score today and also will need some of the golfers ahead of her to struggle.

"I think Morgan Williams has a great shot at going to state and I think Morgan Miller also has a good shot," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "But we will have to stay focused for 18 holes."

Bemidji's other scores Tuesday included Kelsey Isaacson's 92, Megan Dondelinger's 96, Alexis Konecne's 97 and Alyssa Myers' 106.

Section 8-3A Meet

First Day's Results

Greystone GC, par-72

Boys Division

*Buffalo 299, *Sartell 305, *Willmar 305, *Moorhead 306, *Brainerd 309, *Alexandria 312

Missed second day cut: Bemidji 314, St. Cloud Tech 318, Big Lake 338, Monticello 343, St. Cloud Apollo 347, Sauk Rapids 349

First day medalist: Bruestle* (Bem) 72

Other Bemidji: 2T-Gregg* 73; 40T-Johnson* 83; 44-Spry 86; 56-Washington 91; 68-Bleser 98

Girls Division

*Alexandria 316, *Buffalo 339, *Bemidji 356, *St. Cloud Tech 358, *Brainerd 362, *Sartell 377, Moorhead 380, Monticello 384, Big Lake 398, St. Cloud Apollo 413 Willmar 422

First day medalist: Amundson (Alex) 75

Bemidji's results: Williams 80, Miller 88, Isaacson 92, Dondelinger 96, Konecne 97, Myers 106

*-advanced to Wednesday's second round

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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