Panthers card a 332 on home course
At the beginning of the season, Jim Weinzierl said the Park Rapids boys golf team had the potential to have four golfers shoot rounds in the low 80s at the same meet.
That's what the Panthers did at Headwaters Country Club Monday as an 82 by Bailey Mueller, a pair of 83s by Ed Carlson and Dustin Bethel, and an 84 by Ian Johnson led to a 332 team score and third place at the Mid-State Conference tournament.
The 332 was the Panthers' best team score at the conference tournament since carding a 331 for runner-up honors in 1999.
Detroit Lakes won the team title with a 306 while Staples-Motley was second with a 315.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Tyler Fix and Detroit Lakes' Austin Rusness led the field by shooting rounds of 3-over par 75. The other all-conference golfers were Tanner Lane of Detroit Lakes (76), Crosby-Ironton's Mitch Gutzman (77), Staples-Motley's Nick Forsberg and Zach Israelson (77s), and Detroit Lakes' Conner Hedstrom (77).
Mueller earned all-conference honorable mention honors with his 82.
Team scores: Detroit Lakes 306, Staples-Motley 315, Park Rapids 332, Crosby-Ironton 337, Pequot Lakes 341, Wadena-Deer Creek 348.
1, Tyler Fix, W-DC, 39-36-75. 1, Austin Rusness, DL, 35-40-75. 3, Tanner Lane, DL, 38-38-76. 4, Mitch Gutzman, C-I, 39-38-77. 4, Nick Forsberg, S-M, 37-40-77. 4, Zach Israelson, S-M, 37-40-77. 4, Conner Hedstrom, DL, 39-38-77.
Park Rapids results
Bailey Mueller 42-40-82, Ed Carlson 42-41-83, Dustin Bethel 42-41-83, Ian Johnson 41-43-84, Jamie Stewart 45-48-93, Nate Carlson 48-48-96.
Mueller leads way at Warroad
Mueller tuned up for the conference meet by carding a career-best 81 at last Friday's Warroad Invitational.
Johnson's 90 and a pair of 91s by Bethel and Nate Carlson led to Park Rapids' seventh-place score of 353.
Roseau topped this 10-team field with a 315, eight shots ahead of Warroad. Warroad's Casey Anderson earned medalist honors with a 76.
Team scores: Roseau 315, Warroad Gold 323, Crookston 324, East Grand Forks 332, Thief River Falls 346, Bagley 350, Park Rapids 353, Warroad Black 374, Lake of the Woods 382, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 429.
Medalist: Casey Anderson, Warroad, 76. 2, Brock Amundson, EGF, 77. 3, Andy Czeh, Roseau, 78.
Park Rapids results
Bailey Mueller 81, Ian Johnson 90, Dustin Bethel 91, Nate Carlson 91, Ed Carlson 99, Jamie Stewart 102.