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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Willmar Cardinals and first-year head coach Bryan Mara, far left, stop for photos before leaving the Litchfield Golf Club on Saturday. From left, Mara, Jacob Croonquist, medalist Tony Kallevig, Hunter Mottinger, Levi Hauser and Riley Grabow. Zach Berget was not available.

Boys golf: Kallevig, Cards triumph at Litch

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LITCHFIELD — Tournament medalist Tony Kallevig’s four-over par 74 on Saturday led Willmar to a 26-stroke victory over runner-up Sartell at the two-day Willmar/Litchfield Invitational.

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First-day leader Josh Polingo couldn’t keep his drives in the fairway and sagged to a 79 on his home 18 at the Litchfield Golf Club.

Kallevig finished with a two-day total of 76-74-150, Polingo shot 73-79-152, with Willmar’s Levi Hauser and Lac qui Parle Valley’s Riley Sigdahl tying for third at 160 strokes. The teams played  Friday’s round at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

After a splendid day of sunshine and warmth in Willmar, true to form for this event the weather disintegrated Saturday to the 40s with a harsh east wind blowing steadily.

“I was pretty consistent,” said Kallevig, an even-tempered senior playing his fifth-year season on varsity. “The pin placements were tough but my drives were pretty straight and I was able to get up and down.”

He was headed for a 72 but three-putted No. 17 for a double bogey.

It was a rough day for scoring, otherwise.

The Cardinals led by 19 after Day 1 and finished with a 26 stroke advantage at 319-333-652 to Sartell’s 340-338-678.

Polingo said it was just one of those days that happen in golf. It was also special day in Litchfield.

“Blame it on prom,” he said smiling.

From the golf course, many of the Dragons were off to the Grand March and then a bus trip to Bloomington for dinner, dancing and later thrill rides at the MOA.

Team scoring

(1) Willmar I 319-33-652 (2) Sartell 340-338-678 (3) Litchfield I 344-342-686 (4) Hutchinson 340-347-687 (5) New London-Spicer 357-344-701 (6) Lac qui Parle Valley 366-376-742 (7) Rocori 373-382-755 (8) Bloomington Kennedy 380-376-756 (9) Willmar II 390-402-792 (10) Litchfield II 393-414-807

Individual

TOP 5 – (1) Tony Kallevig, Wil I, 76-74-150 (2) Josh Polingo, Lit I, 73-79-152 (3) tie, Levi Hauser, Wil I, 78-82-160; Riley Sigdahl, LQPV, 82-78-160 (5) Kyle Och, Sar, 82-79-161

Area results

LITCHFIELD I – Polingo 73-79-152, Brandon Nelson 85-85-170, Peter Hyberger -91-90-181, Dillon Storm 95-94-189, Keats McGraw 97-89-186, Nic Meyer 104-89-193

LITCHFIELD II – Nathean Anderson-Otto 96-97-193, Taylor Kraft 97-106-203, Collin Danner 100-99-199, Carter Wattenhofer 100-116-216

LQPV – Sigdahl 82-78-160, Matt Bornhorst 93-94-187, Hunter Lind 93-97-190, Jaden Kallhoff 98-107-205

NLS – Ethan Bohlsen 84-87-171, James Magnuson 89-90-179, Tom Stageberg 93-85-178, Cole Baker 96-83-179, Jacoby Hawkenson 98-89-187

WILLMAR I– Kallevig 76-74-150, Hunter Mottinger 77-89-166, Hauser 78-82-160, Zach Berget 88-90-178, Riley Grabow 88-90-178, Jake Croonquist 90-88-178

WILLMAR II– Brady Damhof 86-94-180, Ian Carruthers 92-93-185, Austin DeLuna 99-114-213, Trevor Tschida 113-104-217, Evan Jolly 114-111-225, Preston Iverson 129-111-240

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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