Park Rapids golfers get off to strong start in NPC openers
Both the Park Rapids boys and girls golf teams got off to strong starts as both attempt to defend their Northern Pines Conference titles.
Because of the late start to the season, the conference has changed this year's format to four 18-hole rounds that count as eight 9-hole meets instead of six 9-hole meets. The Panthers took advantage of that change by playing well on their home course as the 11 conference teams opened the season Monday at Headwaters Golf Club.
The Park Rapids girls took first in both meets, carding a three-golfer round of 138 on the front side and following with a 157 on the back side. The Park Rapids boys finished second on the front side with a four-golfer score of 175 as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley took first with a 173 before topping the field on the back side with a 173.
Blueberry Pines hosted the second 18-hole conference meet Thursday.
Wallace, Jorgenson, Usher spark Panthers on front 9
Olivia Wallace earned medalist honors with a 43 on the par-36 front side to lead the Park Rapids girls to the win.
Chloe Johnson's third-place 47 and Madison Johnson's 48 rounded out the Panthers' 138 team score. United North Central was second with a 157 behind Madi Womble's runner-up 44, Elly Hillukka's 56 and Toni Noland's 57. Nevis was fifth with a 181 as Kaylee Halik's 54, Maddie Mitchell's 57 and Sarah Boettcher's 70 led the way.
W-H-A's Mason Schneider earned medalist honors for the boys with a 38 while the Panthers' Bjorn Jorgenson and Tate Usher shared runner-up honors with 40s. A pair of 47s by Cody Dravis and Kaelan Emerson rounded out Park Rapids' team score.
UNC used Andreas Aho's 46, a pair of 47s by Bobby Pietila and Nick Treinen, and a 49 by Mikko Johnson to finish third with a 189. Nevis finished sixth with a 239 behind Dylen Spain-Brist's 49, Cooper Henry's 59, Tom Aman's 64 and Hunter Wright's 67.
Girls team scores: Park Rapids 138, United North Central 157, Bigfork 166, Pine River-Backus 166, Nevis 181, Cass Lake-Bena 190, Blackduck 211, Kelliher-Northome 222, Red Lake 267, Deer River incomplete, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley incomplete.
Medalist: Olivia Wallace, PR, 43. 2, Madi Womble, UNC, 44, 3, Chloe Johnson, PR, 47. Other scores: Madison Johnson, PR, 48; Olivia Ulvin, PR, 54; Kinley Nordin, PR, 54; Kaylee Halik, N, 54; Olivia McDonald, PR, 55; Ellly Hillukka, UNC, 56; Toni Noland, UNC, 57; Maddie Mitchell, N, 57; Sarah Boettcher, N, 70; Sofia Anderson, N, 74; Lyssie Byers, N, 75.
Boys team scores: Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 173, Park Rapids 175, United North Central 189, Blackduck 208, Red Lake 213, Nevis 239, Cass Lake-Bena 247, Bigfork 248, Deer River 248, Kelliher-Northome incomplete.
Medalist: Mason Schneider, WHA, 38. 2 (tie), Bjorn Jorgenson, PR, Tate Usher, PR, and Coltin Mitchell, CLB, 40. Other scores: Luke Kosel, PR, 46; Andreas Aho, UNC, 46; Cody Dravis, PR, 47; Kaelan Emerson, PR, 47; Bobby Pietila, UNC, 47, Nick Treinen, UNC, 47; Blake Higgins, PR, 49; Mikko Johnson, UNC, 49; Dylen Spain-Brist, N, 49; Cooper Henry, N, 59; Tom Aman, N, 64; Hunter Wright, N, 67.
Jorgenson earns medalist honors with 35 on back 9
Jorgenson claimed medalist honors on the back side with a 1-under 35 as the Panthers edged W-H-A by three strokes.
Usher tied for third with a 41, Dravis carded a 46, and Luke Kosel and Emerson carded 51s for the Panthers.
UNC again finished third with a 186 as Johnson's 41, Aho's 42, Treinen's 50 and Pietila's 53 led the Warriors. Spain-Brist's 49, Henry's 57, Aman's 70 and Wright's 76 led Nevis to sixth place with a 252.
In the girls meet, Mitchell carded a 48 to share medalist honors with Blackduck's Kialee Brands.
Park Rapids led the field as Chloe Johnson's 51, Madison Johnson's 52, Ulvin's 54 and Nordin's 57 comprised the team score.
Womble's 52, Noland's 54 and and Hillukka's 62 led UNC to third place with a 168 while Halik (59) and Lyssie Byer (64) completed Nevis' 171 team score for a tie for fourth place.
Boys team scores: Park Rapids 173, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 176, United North Central 186, Red Lake 233, Blackduck 237, Nevis 252, Bigfork 256, Deer River 256, Cass Lake-Bena 257, Kelliher-Northome incomplete.
Medalist: Bjorn Jorgenson, PR, 35. 2, Coltin Mitchell, CLB, 37. 3 (tie), Tate Usher, PR, and Mikko Johnson, UNC, 41. Other scores: Andreas Aho, UNC, 42; Cody Dravis, PR, 46; Dylen Spain-Brist, N, 49; Nick Treinen, UNC, 50; Luke Kosel, PR, 51; Kaelan Emerson, PR, 47; Blake Higgins, PR, 55; Bobby Pietila, UNC, 53; Cooper Henry, N, 57; Tom Aman, N, 70; Hunter Wright, N, 76.
Girls team scores: Park Rapids 157, Pine River-Backus 165, United North Central 168, Nevis 171, Bigfork 171, Cass Lake-Bena 212, Blackduck 223, Kelliher-Northome 232, Red Lake 280, Deer River incomplete, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley incomplete.
Co-medalists: Maddie Mitchell, N, and Kialee Brands, B, 48. 3, Brenna Metz, DR, 49. Other scores: Chloe Johnson, PR, 51; Madison Johnson, PR, 52; Madi Womble, UNC, 52; Olivia Ulvin, PR, 54; Toni Noland, UNC, 54; Kinley Nordin, PR, 57; Kaylee Halik, N, 59; Elly Hillukka, UNC, 62; Lyssie Byers, N, 64; Sofia Anderson, N, 84; Sarah Boettcher, N, 92.