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Drakes boys' golf had its first action down south. After taking five weeks of practice -- all indoors -- the boys golf team headed south to get some much needed play.

Drakes boys' golf had its first action down south. After taking five weeks of practice -- all indoors -- the boys golf team headed south to get some much needed play.

Traveling to the Rochester area, Coach Don Houseman arranged two meets: against Stewartville and in an 11-team invitational at Blooming Prairie. Keeping with unusually foul spring weather this year, the first meet turned into a scrimmage as both teams found a monsoon in progress. The hearty squad of mostly veteran players struck out into the down pour for practice. "I was extremely pleased that all my players were prepared to to play and eager to do so, inspite of the rain," stated Houseman.

Saturday was better and the Drakes headed to the home course of the Blooming Prairie Blossoms. The Duck linksters were happy for the competition, but not so pleased with the results. "It was evident that most of team had hung up their bags during the summer," commented Houseman.

Only Steve Sunell with a nice 85 and Nick Liapis with a 98 managed to break the 100 mark. Sunell's score garnered the junior a sixth place finish and a medal.

Other scores were Brandon Klug -- 100, Casey Brown -- 102, Logan Oelke -- 104 and Ian Anderson -- 135. The team finished eighth out of 11 shooting a whopping 385.

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Over all it was a great opportunity for the team which was very thankful for the school's support to help save their season.

The girls and the boys had their first conference match April 24 in Walker.

Tuesday this past week the combined teams, all 26 players, worked at the Blackduck Golf Course to help prepare the club to open.

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