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Golf roundup: Minnewaska Lakers do fine at Benson

Prep golf report for Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Minnewaska’s boys shoot a 162 to win Benson Invitational. Meanwhile, Minnewaska/BBE's girls win the Minnewaska Invitational.

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Minnewaska Area High School golfer Blake Nelson tees off during the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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BENSON — The plan was to have Benson Invitational and the Minnewaska Invitational run so that one group could play in the morning at one venue, then move to the other in the afternoon.

The boys golf teams of the West Central Conference began Wednesday with a 10 a.m. tee time while the WCC girls teed off at the same time at Minnewaska Golf Club. Each group played nine holes.

Then, the boys would travel to Minnewaska and the girls would head to Benson for 2 p.m. starts.

As has been the case all spring, the weather got in the way.

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Benson golfer Sam Thompson eyes his upcoming putt during the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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The girls’ portion of the Benson Invitational scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was postponed because of lightning and rain, as was the boys’ portion of the Minnewaska Invitational.

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In Benson, Minnewaska’s boys led the way, shooting a 162. The Lakers were led by Zach Gugisberg, Logan Kostelecky and Riley Larson, who all finished in the top five.

Gugisberg shot a 38 to earn medalist honors. Kostelecky was right behind with a 39 and Larson shot a 42.

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BOLD golfer Andy Bahl hits his golf ball onto the putting green during the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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Benson took second with a 170, led by Tyler Hadfield’s 40, which tied for third place with Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Charlie Hanson.

The Braves’ Ryan Tolifson tied for fifth with a 42.

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Cole Augeson of Montevideo High School tees off during the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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Morris/CA was third with a 184. The Tigers were followed by West Central Area (186), Melrose 196), Montevideo (199), BOLD (200) and Sauk Centre (211).

Montevideo’s Camden Helgeson tied for fifth with a 42.

BOLD was led by Grant Pfarr, who shot a 47 to finish in 18th place. Teammate Andy Bahl tied for 19th place with a 48.

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Minnewaska Area High School golfer Peyton Rooney competes in the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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Benson Invitational

Boys
Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 162 … (2) Benson 170 … (3) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 184 … (4) West Central Area 186 … (5) Melrose 196 … (6) Montevideo 199 … (7) BOLD 200 … (8) Sauk Centre 211

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Zach Gugisberg, Minn, 38 … (2) Logan Kostelecky, Minn, 39 … (3t) Tyler Hadfield, Ben, and Charlie Hanson, MCA, 40 … (5t) Ryan Tolifson, Ben, Marshall Dewey, WCA, Riley Larson, Minn, and Camden Helgeson, Mont, 42
BENSON — (3t) T. Hadfield 40 … (5t) Tolifson 42 … (6t) DeHaan 43 … (9t) Logan Hadfield 43
BOLD — (18) Grant Pfarr 47 … (19t) Andy Bahl 48 … (26t) Riley Minkel 50 … (37t) Mav Kaufenberg 55
MINNEWASKA — (1) Gugisberg 38 … (2) Kostelecky 39 … (5t) Larson 42 … (9t) Hunter Kostelecky 43
MONTEVIDEO — (5t) Helgeson 42 …. (19t) Jayson Nichols 48  … (28t) Luke Sachariason 51 … (43t) Cole Augeson 58 … (43t) RJ Haas 58
MORRIS/CA — (3t) Hanson 40 … (12t) Mason Erickson 44 … (19t) Grady Erickson 48 … (33t) Kaedan Fischer 52

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BOLD golfer Mav Kaufenberg tees off during the Benson Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benson Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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Minnewaska Invitational

The Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa girls took their portion of the invitational at Minnewaska Golf Club in Glenwood.

Melrose/BBE shot a 177 to beat BOLD by 29 strokes. Montevideo took third with a 230 and Benson was fourth with a 242.

Benson senior Alissa Maurer earned medalist honors with a 38, enabling her to win by three strokes.

The next four golfers were all from Minnewaska/BBE. Ava Kollman shot a 41, followed by 45s from Berkley Steffen and Alissa Thorfinnson. Arivia DeBoer and Anika DeBoer each shot 46s.

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BOLD’s top golfer was Kenna Hendriksen, who shot a 47 to place in a tie for 12th. Teammate Leslie Snow was right behind with a 48.

Montevideo’s Lana Rongstad also shot a 47.

Girls
Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 177 … (2) BOLD 206 … (3) Montevideo 230 … (4) Benson 242 … (5) Melrose and Morris/Chokio-Alberta, incomplete
Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Alissa Maurer, Ben 38 … (2) Ava Kollman, Minn, 41 … (3t) Berkley Steffen, Minn, and Alissa Thorfinnson, Minn, 45 … (5t) Arivia DeBoer, Minn, and Annika DeBoer, Minn, 46
BENSON — (1) Maurer 38 … (29) Molly Jones 65 … (31) Gracie Ness 69 … (32) Adeline DeToy 70
BOLD — (7t) Kenna Henriksen 47 … (9) Leslie :Snow 48 … (14t) Tori Osterfeld 55 … (16t) Peyton Sander 56
MINNEWASKA/BBE — (2) Kollman 41 … (3t) Steffen 45 … (3t) Thorfinnson 45 … (5t) Ar. DeBoer, Minn., and An. DeBoer, Minn, 46
MONTEVIDEO — (12t) Lana Rongstad 53 … (12t) Lauren Dehne 53 … (23t) Isabelle Teichert 62 … (23t) Taylor Viessman 62
MORRIS/CA — (22) Whitney Bruns 60 … (26) Emily Jacobson 63 … (34) Katlin Gibson 83

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