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Golf: BBE boys blaze a new trail

Jaguars heading to state for first time after winning Section 5A title with 664

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BBE junior Brady Schwinghammer watches an approach shot on hole No. 8 at Eagle Creek Golf Club during Day 2 of the Section 5A championships Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Willmar.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — Matt Goodwin was beaming after the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys golf team broke new ground on Wednesday.

A 2010 BBE grad, Goodwin was a former golfer for the Jaguars. Now, he’s the head coach for the school’s first state team.

“I never made it as far as these guys,” Goodwin joked. “I’m glad these guys can get it done here with me.”

The Jaguars won the Section 5A championship after shooting a 326 on Wednesday and putting together a two-day total of 664 at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

The section win is the crowning achievement in the program’s turnaround. Prior to sections, BBE also won the Central Minnesota Conference championship.

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“About four years ago, we were one of the worst teams, bringing up the bottom of the pack in every meet,” Goodwin said. “A few of these guys decided to really put the work in during the summer and it paid off. Now some of those guys are bringing the younger guys along.

“They absolutely are trailblazers for BBE.”

The Jaguars knocked off defending section champion Benson, which carded a two-day 681. Dawson-Boyd was third (717), and Yellow Medicine East fourth (727).

“We’re not done yet,” said senior Gannon Walsh. The Class A state tournament takes place on June 14-15 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.

“I think we have a really good chance (at state),” Walsh added. “(We) just gotta go there and play our best and see what happens. But at least we get to go.”

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BBE senior Gannon Walsh putts toward the pin on hole No. 8 at Eagle Creek Golf Club during Day 2 of the Section 5A championships Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Willmar.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

This is the fourth BBE boys team to make the state tournament this school year, joining the football, wrestling and boys basketball teams. The baseball team is also still alive in the Section 6A tournament.

Winning on Wednesday was far from a certainty. After Day 1, the Jaguars had a slim two-stroke lead over Benson. On the ride to Willmar, Goodwin noted that it was a little quieter than usual.

“I was getting a little bit worried,” Goodwin admitted. “But after a little bit, they kind of opened up and once they got their drive off on Hole 1, they looked like they were ready to go.”

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Walsh added, “We knew if we shot our average or a little under our average that we’d have a really good shot at winning. Our third and fourth scores were solid, decent.”

As the players made the turn, their confidence swelled. BBE ended up dropping 12 strokes off its Day 1 score, shooting a 326 compared to Benson’s 341.

“Probably about halfway through when I looked, we were up decently,” said junior Brady Schwinghammer. “I was doing well and feeling good going into the back nine.”

Walsh shot a 79 on Wednesday and finished second overall with 156. Schwinghammer carded a 75 and placed third overall with 157. Seniors Spencer Lundberg (10th, 173) and Jack Paulson (12th, 178) each carded 86s on Day 2.

Said Walsh, “Once I came in and saw we had a 326, that kind of surprised me.”

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LQPV freshman Carson Besonen watches his tee shot on hole No. 9 at Eagle Creek Golf Club during Day 2 of the Section 5A championships Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Willmar.
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Lac qui Parle Valley freshman Carson Besonen secured medalist honors with a strong Day 2. Sitting in second place behind Walsh on Day 1, Besonen scored two birdies for an even-par 36 over his first nine holes. He finished the round with a 1-over 73, finishing the tournament with a 152.

“The putter was feeling nice,” Besonen said of his round. “I had a few mistakes at the beginning but I recovered well, especially in the front nine with the two birdies making up for the bogeys.

“I got more loose and got more confident with my shots. The ball was coming off better. After three-putting on two, I started focusing in and made some putts.”

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Also heading to state as individuals are: Dawson-Boyd’s Collin Swedzinski (fourth, 159); Renville County West’s Ryan Schrupp (fifth, 164); MACCRAY’s Gavin Husman (sixth, 166); and Benson’s Isaac Minchow (seventh, 167). The top five players not on the state-bound team qualify for state.

Section 5A championship

Boys
Team scoring

(1) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 338-326—664 … (2) Benson 340-341—681 … (3) Dawson-Boyd 351-366—717 … (4) Yellow Medicine East 361-366—727
Individual

TOP FIVE + STATE QUALIFIERS — (1) Carson Besonen, LQPV, 79-73—152 … (2) Gannon Walsh, BBE, 77-79—156 … (3) Brady Schwinghammer, BBE, 82-75—157 … (4) Collin Swedzinski, D-B, 82-77—159 … (5) Ryan Schrupp, Renville County West, 83-81—164 … (6) Gavin Husman, MACCRAY, 82-84—166 … (7) Isaac Minchow, Benson, 85-82—167
BBE — (2) Walsh 77-79—156 … (3) Schwinghammer 82-75—157 … (10) Spencer Lundberg 87-86—173 … (12) Jack Paulson 92-86—178 … (23) Eli Gregory 99-88—187 … (29) Matthew Walz 100-101—201
BENSON — (7) Minchow 85-82—167 … (8) Ryan Tolifson 80-88—168 … (9) Brady DeHaan 82-87—169 … (11) Charlie Goff 93-84—177 … (26) Tyler Hadfield 94-95—189 … (27) Sam Thompson 99-92—191
DAWSON-BOYD — (4) Swedzinski 82-77—159 … (19) Evan Mork 92-92—184 … (23t) Carson Stratmoen 90-97—187 … (23t) Drew Hjelmeland 87-100—187 … (33) Colin Jorgens 117-107—224
YME — (13t) Nick Moritz 91-90—181 … (13t) Nikson Knapper 93-88—181 … (16) Cooper McCosh 85-97—182 … (17t) James Peterson 92-91—183 … (34) Parker Levitz 120-123—243 … (35) Brayton Hammer 118-131—249
BOLD — (13t) Grant Pfarr 94-87—181 … (30) Riley Minkel 93-109—202
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL — (17t) Jonathan Reid 87-96—183 … (20t) Mark Arnold 89-96—185 … (22) Will Chapin 91-95—186
CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN — (20t) Seth Zwart 89-96—185 … 30t) Josh Versteeg 95-107—202 … (32) Elijah Gerdes 95-110—205
LQPV — (1) Besonen 79-73—152
MACCRAY — (6) Husman 82-84—166 … (28) Dreyer Homan 93-105—198 
RCW — (5) Schrupp 83-81—164

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