Area Notebook: Two local golfers do well in Florida college event
Liberty University's Brett Reid and Florida Gulf Coast's Brady Madsen compete at Sea Best Invitational. Reid's a former Community Christian Eagle. Madsen is a former MACCRAY Wolverine. Also: former Card Leah Hansen earns a national academic honor for South Dakota State cross-country.
Two former area high school golfers got to compete against each other’s college teams this week at the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
They are former Community Christian star Brett Reid and former MACCRAY star Brady Madsen.
Reid, playing for Liberty University, tied for 41st after shooting a third-round 75 Tuesday and posting a three-day total of 219. Liberty finished second behind the University of Florida, which shot an 846. Liberty had an 852.
Madsen, playing for Florida Gulf Coast University, shot a 73 on the third day and finished tied for 57th with a 223. Florida Gulf Coast tied for ninth with an 866 in the tournament that featured 13 teams.
The overall champion was North Florida’s Nick Gabrelcik, who shot a third-day 65 for a 203 total.
Reid was Mr. Minnesota Golf at Community Christian, finishing second in the state in Class A his senior year after winning the state title as a sophomore. There was no state meet his junior year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s a business administration major at Liberty and is the son of Syna and Christopher Reid.
Madsen is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast. He transferred to the Fort Myers, Fla., school after his junior year at Winona State.
Former Willmar star Leah Hansen has been honored for her academics. Hansen, a sophomore at South Dakota State, was named an NCAA Division I Cross-Country Women’s All-Academic Athlete.
Hansen was the only Summit League athlete recognized. She’s one of 114 women from 58 colleges recognized. She has won two consecutive Summit League individual titles and was an all-region performer last fall.
South Dakota State’s men’s and women’s teams also were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association.
South Dakota State’s women’s team has a 3.776 grade-point average, best in the Summit League ahead of North Dakota State’s 3.609, Omaha’s 3.55, St. Thomas’ 3.545, South Dakota’s 3.54 and Western Illinois’ 3.51.
The Jackrabbits men’s team has a 3.369 GPA. In the Summit League, North Dakota is tops at 3.605, followed by South Dakota 3.55 and South Dakota State. St. Thomas has a 3.275 GPA and Western Illinois is at 3.17.
It’s a rare week. No Willmar athletes were selected as Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week.
Other top performers were:
- From St. Cloud, girls hockey player Liz Bell and girls basketball player Keiara Anderson;
- From Brainerd, boys basketball player Johnny Pecarich and Nordic skier Eli Knapp;
- From Sartell, girls basketball player Megan Driste and diver David Binsfeld;
- From Alexandria; girls Nordic skier Jaelyn Miller and gymnast Dylan Witt;
- From St. Cloud Apollo, boys swimmer Eric Malmanger;
- From Sauk Rapids, gymnast Carley Weisenbeck and wrestler Ethan Anderson;
- From Rocori, wrestler Austin Moscho.
West Central performers
West Central Conference Performers of the Week include three Morris/Chokio-Alberta athletes: Girls basketball player Lakia Manska, boys basketball player Jackson Loge and wrestler Dallas Walton.
Also honored by the conference are Melrose athletes: Gymnast Meghan Pundsack and dance team member Ruth Montanez.