Warriors’ boys golf earns 1st state bid

Nathan Eaton

FORT DODGE, Iowa — North Union mentor Ken Sabin and the Warriors boys golf lineup made school history during Thursday’s Iowa Class 1A district tournament in Fort Dodge.

Nathan Eaton and Parker Oleson each broke 80 at the Lakeside Golf Course to engineer North Union’s runner-up team total of 333 — seven strokes behind district champion Boyden-Hull.

Both North Union and Boyden-Hull earned bids to the Class 1A state tournament next Friday and Saturday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, Iowa. Tee times for both days will be determined.

“I’ve had a number of people associated with the golf program research it, and I believe it’s the first time in any of the schools’ histories that we’ve had a team qualify for the state golf tournament,” Sabin said in reference to the former school districts of Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral which comprise North Union.

Eaton and Oleson continued their low-scoring ways by carding 18-hole rounds of 36-39–75 and 39-37–76, respectively, to earn top-three individual accolades for the Warriors.

Eaton, who produced nine pars and a team-leading four birdies, outdueled Boyden-Hull golfer Davis Van Roekel — who penciled in a 38-37–75 — for the district individual championship.

Oleson, who generated a team-leading 12 pars to complement one birdie, captured third-place individual honors with his 76 to merit his third consecutive trip to the state meet.

Brady Anderson connected for six pars to pace his 18-hole total of 42-44–86 for North Union, while Preston Brandenburg completed the Warriors’ counting scores by penciling in a 46-50–96, including four pars.

Hayden Nicoson shot a 50-48–98, including two pars, while Marvin Rezac fired a 50-61–111 to round out the Warriors’ district performance.

Sleepy Eye United 169, Madelia 171, Mountain Lake Area 220, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial incomplete (boys) — Jared Henry and Carson Wihlm marked co-medalist scores of 39 in the Blackhawks’ runner-up meet performance on Thursday at Madelia Golf Course.

Colin Wihlm shot a 46 and Matt Baumgartner was a stroke behind with a 47 for the Blackhawks. Cade Lunz marked a nine-hole score of 49, while Joe Fenske ended the meet with a 51 for Madelia.

Caleb Christensen led Sleepy Eye United’s winning effort with a 40. Ben Laffen and Parker Landkammer both shot 42s, and Thor Weiss rounded out the team’s tally with a 45.

Ryan Pedersen shot a Wolverines-leading 51. Maleek Stewart penciled a 54 and Dima Hanson totaled a nine-hole score of 55. Tommy Richert handed in a score card of 60.

Derek Krumwiede shot a 53, while Chris Kumoltz and Jacques Lemay recorded a 72 and 75, respectively, for LCWM.

Madelia competes in the Valley Conference Meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Fox Lake Golf Course in Sherburn.

Madelia 222, Sleepy Eye United 235, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial incomplete (girls) — Jude Frelich netted medalist honors, while teammate Ally Missling had the second-lowest score in the Blackhawks’ meet victory on Thursday at Madelia Golf Course.

Frelich shot a 53 and Missling was one stroke behind with a 54. Angelica Garcia added a 57 and Alayna Champlin shot a 58.

Cortney DeVlaeminck and Taylor Tierney recorded a 59 and 71, respectively, for Madelia.

Megan DeMaris led Sleepy Eye United with a 56. Ashtyn Tauer and Sarah Rossback both shot 59s, while Bailey Rutscher rounded out the team’s counting score with a 61.

The Blackhawks girls team plays in the Valley Conference Meet following the boys’ tournament on Tuesday at Fox Lake Golf Course in Sherburn.