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Prep Golf: Litch finishes Day 1 in second place

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar's Cody Magnuson drives off the 11th tee in the first round of the Willmar/Litchfield Boys Golf Invite at the Litchfield Golf Club on Friday. Also in the foursome of No. 1's, from left, are Litchfield's Josh Polingo, tied for second; New London-Spicer's Joey Dreier, the 2010 runner-up; and first-day co-leader Peter Jones of Owatonna.

Tribune Staff Report

LITCHFIELD -- Freshman Peter Jones fired a 37-35 two-over 72 leading Owatonna to first-place after Day 1 of the Willmar/Litchfield Boys Golf Invitational.

The Huskies' 304 score leads second-place Litchfield by six. Becker is another nine strokes back in third place.

Montevideo, Willmar, New London-Spicer and Benson are each a stroke apart starting with the Thunder Hawks at 324.

Josh Polingo, a sophomore, leads the Dragons with a 76; Phillip Ward of Montevideo is also in at 76. The Thunder Hawks are new to this annual event (canceled by weather last April) and it was Ward's first tour of the Litchfield Golf Club.

Conditions were outstanding considering the wild weather that usually grips one or both days of the event, which continues at 9 a.m. in Willmar at Eagle Creek GC today. Last year's scrub of both rounds was a first.

Hunter Schneider was the only Willmar Cardinal to shoot under 80 on the par 70 layout, which was very good shape after the mild winter. Schneider had 9s of 38 and 40.

Reid Johnson leads the NLS Wildcats with a 37-40-77; Joey Dreier, the 2010 runner-up as a freshman, had a tough front (44) and ended up at 82.

Sam Peterson, Benson's No. 1, was also displeased with his opening 79, matched by his teammate Zach Mauer.

Also for Litchfield, Michael Waataja shot 77, Cameron Sundmark 78 and Zach Whitchurch and Bryce Manning each 79.

The Huskies top four all broke 80: Jones 72, Johan Fraudsen 76, Tyler Jenkins 77 and Ted Urch 79.

Area results

BENSON/KMS - Sam Peterson 79, Zach Maurer 79, Jordan Burns 81, Brody Gimberlin 81

LQPV - Riley Sigdahl 86, Hunter Lind 100, Matt Bornhorst 110, Lucas Strand 125

LITCHFIELD A - Josh Polingo 76, Michael Waataja 77, Cameron Sundmark 78, Zach Whitchurch 79, Bryce Manning 79, Jordan Redepenning 80

LITCHFIELD JV - Brady Meyer 87, Max Hyberger 91, Dillon Storm 88, Keats McGraw 110

MONTEVIDEO - Phillip Ward 76, Mike Moritz 81, Grant Tufto 83, Ryan Knudson 84

NLS - Reid Johynson 77, Joey Dreier 82, Kellen Bergh 83, Ethan Bohlsen 84

WILLMAR A - Hunter Schneider 78, Cody Magnuson 81, Tony Kallevig 81, Hunter Mottinger 85

WILLMAR JV - Brady Damhof 84, Zach Bergot 85, Austin Dahlberg 87, Jackson Dickerson 89