Danny Anderson, an ex-Cardinal, will join the Dakota professional golf tour in July. The 26-year-old St. Cloud State graduate said it's the first step in his goal to reach one of the professional tours.
"I want to earn enough money to get to (the PGA) qualifying school," he said. "I figure I'll need about $7,500 for that."
Anderson played four years for the Huskies. Though he has never won the Lakeland Tournament here, he's finished first in shortstops at New London, Benson and Willmar.
The Dakota Tour features 11 stops with first-places payoffs varying from a few thousand up to $20,000.
Anderson said he must score well on the entry-level tour to have a chance against the tougher competition found on the Nationwide or the Canadian Tour.
He forfeited his amateur status last summer when he worked in the Rush Creek pro shop and took the Player Ability Test. He said that experience taught him that "I'm not a shop worker; I want to play."
He's a long hitter and who thrives on the competition.
"I'm more focused when a tournament is on the line," he said. "Winning is more fun than anything."
The first Dakota stop is at Okobji, Iowa, starting July 6. For now, Anderson's game is on hold.
"I think I hyper-extended a shoulder muscle diving for a ball playing slowpitch," he said. "I'm getting an MRI."
On the fly
The postseason honors continue for Jordan Smith after his record-breaking season at St. Cloud State. The slugging outfielder from Willmar, who debuts today at Bill Taunton Stadium as a member of the Stingers, was named to the Rawlings/Baseball Coaches Association All-America NCAA Division II third team. He was the only freshman honored on the first, second or third teams.
Among the fans at the Cardinals baseball home finale at Bill Taunton Stadium was Steve Tryggeseth of Buffalo. He is a 1970 Willmar graduate who played baseball on a team that won the West Central Conference with a 7-0 record but lost in District 20 to Litchfield 3-2. Willmar beat the Bison, though Steve's son, Buzz, singled and doubled and scored twice.
Andy Jacobson, 30, has qualified for the 4th MGA Mid-Players Championship at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, a match-play format June 14-16. Jacobson shot 70 at the Marshall Golf Club on May 26 to finish in a three-way tie for first, then three-putted on the first playoff hole. That denied him a spot in the 32nd annual MGA Players' Championship at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata June 21-23.
Dave Aus, who coached Willmar hockey in 1987-88, will bring his Blaine Bengals to Willmar on Dec. 4 to play the Cardinals at the Civic Center. Aus contacted Cardinals' head coach Dan Tollefson with a one-time, varsity-only opening due to conference realignment in the north suburbs. The Bengals have been to five straight Class AA state tournaments. ... On a side note, the Cardinals named junior forward/defenseman Liam Johnston MVP of the boys hockey team.
Cardinals freshman Heather Horning was recently named a Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in softball. The Cardinals were 4-1 in a streak of five games that she pitched in. She fanned 30, walked two and allowing 11 runs (eight earned) in that stretch.
Spring was a tough season for the Cardinals when it came to placing high in the 10-school CLC. The softball team posted the only top three finish (tie for third with Alexandria) behind co-champs Brainerd and Rocori. Baseball tied for eighth, tennis finished seventh out of seven teams, boys golf eighth out of 10 teams, girls golf seventh out of nine teams, boys track fifth and girls track sixth.