Golfers battle adverse conditions
Jim Weinzierl has seen the Park Rapids boys golf team play in some adverse conditions during his time as the Panthers' head coach.
Nothing compared to the conditions during Friday's Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Country Club.
The 20-team tournament started in a light rain before being called at the midway point because of snow. When snow started staying on the greens, turning putted golf balls into snowballs, the tournament was called off.
Since all the golfers played different holes, scoring was based on shots over par on the first nine holes played. Shane Omdahl of Roseau ended up winning the tournament with a coin toss after shooting a +3. Casey Ristau of East Grand Forks was second with a +3 while Hayden Tim of Warroad took third with a +3.
East Grand Forks ended up winning the team title with a +21. Roseau was second with a +24 while Warroad was third with a +45. Park Rapids' Black team of Gairett Johnson, Bailey Mueller, Ian Johnson Ed Carlson, Nate Carlson and Sterling Lindahl shot a +48 to tie for 14th place. Nevis was 16th with a +49. Park Rapids' Orange team of Tony Schmid, Ben Breitweser, Dustin Bethel and Jamie Stewart finished 19th at +73 while United North Central finished 20th with a +78.
Panthers card 469 at Whitefish
Zach Israelson's 75 led Staples-Motley to a 401 team score and 54 points in the third Mid-Minnesota Conference boys golf meet at Whitefish Thursday.
Park Rapids finished sixth with a 469 and 22 points while Nevis was seventh with a 489 and 16 points and United North Central took eighth with a 498 and 12 points.
Mueller's career best of 86 was good for a share of third place at the No. 3 player position and Ed Carlson's career low of 91 led to a share of second place at the No. 4 spot for the Panthers. Gairett Johnson's 95, Ian Johnson's 98, Nate Carlson's 99 and Lindahl's 105 rounded out Park Rapids' team score.
Hunter Schroeder's 81 was good for third place at the No. 1 spot for Nevis' best score. Rounding out the Tigers' team score were Kyle Magnuson with a 97, Aaron Halik with a 102, Matt Halik with a 104, Daniel Stacey with a 105 and Brett Johnson with a 124.
Leading UNC were Brad Johnson with a 96, Lane Hillukka with a 98, Drake Anderson and Aaron Paulson with 101s, and Tyler Meech with a 102.
Staples-Motley extended its lead to 143.5 points. Park Rapids remained in fifth place with 63.5 points while Nevis is sixth with 62 points and UNC is eighth with 52.5 points.
Team scores: Staples-Motley (401) 54 points, Pequot Lakes (440) 36.5, Wadena-Deer Creek (429) 32, Crosby-Ironton (452) 27.5, Pine River-Backus (464) 24.5, Park Rapids (469) 22, Nevis (489) 16, United North Central (498) 12.
Overall standings after three meets: Staples-Motley 143.5, Pequot Lakes 129.5, Crosby-Ironton 84.5, Wadena-Deer Creek 83, Park Rapids 63.5, Nevis 62, Pine River-Backus 58, United North Central 52.5.
No. 1 player: 1, Michael Wing, W-DC, 76. 3, Hunter Schroeder, N, 81. 6, Gairett Johnson, PR, 95. 8, Tyler Meech, UNC, 102.
No. 2 player: 1, Zach Israelson, S-M, 75. 6, Kyle Magnuson, N, 97. 7 (tie), Ian Johnson, PR, and Lane Hillukka, UNC, 98.
No. 3 player: 1, Mike Strain, S-M, 80. 3 (tie), Bailey Mueller, PR, 86. 5 (tie), Brad Johnson, UNC, 96. 8, Matt Halik, N, 104.
No. 4 player: 1, Tanner Roberts, S-M, 84. 2 (tie), Ed Carlson, PR, 91. 6, Aaron Halik, N, 102.
No. 5 player: 1, Wes Johnson, PL, 89. 5, Nate Carlson, PR, 99. 6, Drake Anderson, UNC, 98. 7, Daniel Stacey, N, 105.
No. 6 player: 1, Trent Hogenson, S-M, 84. 6, Aaron Paulson, UNC, 101. 7, Sterling Lindahl, PR, 105. 8, Brett Johnson, N, 124.