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Boys Golf: Willmar wraps up 3rd at Cardinal/Wildcat invite

Sartell wins two-day tournament with score of 627

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Willmar junior Joey Wisocki pumps his fist as his ball is about to sink in the hole for a birdie on hole No. 18 at the Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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WILLMAR — Sitting in second place after Day 1 of the Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational, the Willmar boys golf team had plenty of excitement heading to their home course on Saturday.

“They were a little wound up yesterday, being in second place,” said Cardinals head coach Joe Kuehn. On Friday, Willmar shot 326 at Little Crow Golf Resort in Spicer.

“Everyone was happy yesterday, feeling good and excited for Day 2,” Kuehn added.

Ultimately, it was a tougher day on Eagle Creek Golf Club for the Cardinals. They shot a 335 and finished with a two-day total of 661. Willmar finished in third place behind winner Sartell (627) and second-place Bemidji (649).

“The weather worked out for us today and held off, but I don’t think we had it like yesterday,” Kuehn said. “Our short game, putting and chipping was a little bit off, which led to a little higher numbers. We were hoping to catch up to Sartell and we got off to a good start but we didn’t quite finish.

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Willmar seventh-grader Aden Jacobson watches his chip shot get on the green on hole No. 18 at the Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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“Overall through the two days, we’re very happy. We keep moving forward and our confidence keeps building. We’re just gonna keep getting better.”

The Cardinals’ top golfer of the tournament was Joey Wisocki. Carding an 84 on Saturday, Wisocki had a strong finish with three straight birdies to end his round. He was tied for seventh with a two-day total of 162.

“Joey went through a little bit of a tough stretch in the middle of his round and couldn’t get into a groove; he had a tough hole on five,” Kuehn said. “But for him to finish with three straight birdies, that leaves him with more confidence. He does a lot of data and stats and he’ll work on some of those mistakes.”

One of the Cardinals’ best rounds on Saturday belonged to one of its youngest players in seventh-grader Aden Jacobson. He shot an 81 on Saturday, bringing his two-day total to 163. That put him in a tie for ninth place.

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NLS eighth-grader Gabe Truscinski watches his putt approach the hole on No. 18 at the Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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“Aden, being a seventh-grader with four events now, he’s a very unique seventh-grader,” Kuehn said. “He’s got a very good short game. He’s just figuring things out about being a varsity member and he’s going to continue to mature and he’ll keep grinding.”

Nathan Marthaler also shot an 81 for Willmar on Saturday, bringing his two-day total to 164, good for 14th place. Deiken Carruthers rounded out the team score with a 23rd-place score of 172.

“We got eight or nine guys battling for spots right now and that’s only making everyone better,” Kuehn said. “The team’s really come together and we’re really excited about what’s coming over the next couple of weeks.”

The top area finish came from New London-Spicer freshman Blake Kath. With several of the Wildcats’ key cogs not competing with NLS’ prom this weekend, Kath put together a fourth-place total of 157, including a 79 on Saturday. As a team, the Wildcats were sixth with 689.

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Also finishing in the top 10 from the area was Minnewaska’s Zach Gugisberg, who had a 163, putting him in a tie for ninth place.

Sartell freshman Carson Andel took first place with a total score of 150. One of four golfers to lead with a 77 after Day 1, Andel took medalist honors Saturday with a one-under par 73. He had five birdies, including four on the front nine.

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CCS junior Max Arnold chips out of the rough on hole No. 9 at the Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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Cardinal/Wildcat Invitational

Boys
Team scoring

(1) Sartell 319-308—627 … (2) Bemidji 327-322—649 … (3) Willmar 326-335—661 … (4) St. Cloud Cathedral 348-334—682 … (5) Cambridge-Isanti 348-340—688 … (6) New London-Spicer 2 345-344—689 … (7) Hutchinson 341-352—693 … (8) Willmar 2 364-363—727 … (9) Dawson-Boyd 364-369—733 … (10) Community Christian School 360-382—742 … (11t) Litchfield 370-381—751; and Minnewaska 382-369—751 … (13) Lac qui Parle Valley 389-391—780 … (14) Blackduck 473-449—922
Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Carson Andel, Sar, 77-73—150 … (2) Simon Fredridckson, Bem, 77-77—154 … (3) Sam Lunde, Sar, 77-79—156 … (4) Blake Kath, NLS, 78-79—157 … (5t) Lucas Greenlun, Sar, 79-80—159; and Logan Westman, C-I, 79-80—159
WILLMAR — (7t) Joey Wisocki 78-84—162 … (9t) Aden Jacobson 82-81—163 … (14) Nathan Marthaler 83-81—164 … (23t) Deiken Carruthers 83-89—172
NLS 2 — (4) Kath 78-79—157 … (23t) Sam Hanson 84-88—172 … (35t) Gabe Truscinski 91-88—179 … (39) Palmer Dalton 92-89—181
WILLMAR 2 — (27t) Jacob Streed 83-90—173 … (45t) Tyler Bulthuis 92-93—185 … (47) Maxwell Mobley 97-90—187 … (48) Evan Ims 96-92—188
DAWSON-BOYD — (21) Collin Swedzinski 84-84—168 … (40) Carson Stratmoen 90-92—182 … (51t) Evan Mork 97-94—191 … (57t) Drew Hjelmeland 93-101—194
CCS — (23t) Jonathan Reid 80-92—172 … (37t) Will Chapin 91-89—180 … (49t) Mark Arnold 95-95—190 … (62) Eduardo Montejano 94-106—200
LITCHFIELD— (17t) Sam Tipka 77-89—166 … (41t) Ty Olson 91-92—183 … (53t) Tyler Jansky 96-96—192 … (66) Nick Kuechle 106-104—210
MINNEWASKA — (9t) Zach Gugisberg 82-81—163 … (15t) Logan Kostelecky 86-79—165 … (53t) Peyton Rooney 97-95—192 … (76) Maxwell Carlson 117-114—231
LQPV — (37t) Carson Besonen 92-88—180 … (55t) William Giese 95-98—193 … (63) Lucas Vacek 102-99—201 … (65) Charlie Ulstad 100-106—206

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