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Panthers reach goals in Mid-Minn finales

Dustin Bethel rolled a putt toward the cup on the No. 13 green during Tuesday's Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Headwaters Country Club. Bethel led the Panthers with a 78.1 / 2
CJ Hess chipped onto the No. 13 green during Tuesday's Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Headwaters Country Club.2 / 2

  Two solid rounds in the final two meets Tuesday helped the Park Rapids boys golf team reach a goal by qualifying for the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship.

     During Tuesday’s first 18 holes at Bears Den, the Panthers finished third with a five-player score of 399 and 34.5 points. Park Rapids also took third during Tuesday’s second 18 holes at Headwaters Country Club with a 414 and 33.5 points. Staples-Motley won both meets with rounds of 367 at Bears Den and 392 at HCC.

     “The kids played amazing on a tough 36-hole day,” said Park Rapids head coach Tadd Usher. “I’m extremely proud of the boys.”

     The Panthers finished second in the overall team standings after four meets and will advance to the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship Monday at The Legacy.

Panthers shine at Bears Den

     Another one of Usher’s goals for the season was to card a four-player score under 320.

     The Panthers accomplished that goal at Bears Den Tuesday.

     Dustin Bethel’s career-best 76 at the No. 2 spot, Wyatt Derman’s career-best 77 at the No. 5 spot, Ian Johnson’s 78 at the No. 1 spot and Ryan DeLaHunt’s career-best 81 at the No. 4 spot led the Panthers. Jamie Stewart’s 87 at the No. 3 spot rounded out Park Rapids’ five-player score of 399.

     Andrew Nelson earned medalist honors with a 71 in leading Staples-Motley to a third straight win in Mid-Minnesota play. Four Cardinals carded rounds in the 70s.

     United North Central shot a 431 and earned 24 points behind a pair of 84s by Arik Hillukka and Luke Wurdock, an 85 by Gavin Mickelson, an 88 by Noah Hendrickson and a 90 by Derek Huotari.

     Nevis finished with a 443 and 18.5 points as Gunnar Netteberg’s 83, AJ Pappas’ 87, a pair of 90s by Daniel Stacey and Jacob Jordan, and a 93 by Aaron Halik led the way.

Team scores: Staples-Motley (367) 52 points, Pequot Lakes (392) 38.5 points, Park Rapids (399) 34.5 points, Crosby-Ironton (418) 29.5 points, United North Central (431) 24 points, Nevis (443) 18.5 points, Pine River-Backus (482) 14 points, Wadena-Deer Creek (464) 10 points.

Individual results

No. 1 player: 1 (tie), Bradley Boldt, PL, and Andrew Israelson, SM, 73. 4, Ian Johnson, PR, 78. 7, Arik Hillukka, UNC, 84. 8, Aaron Halik, N, 93.

No. 2 player: 1, Tom Burgstaler, CI, 74. 2 (tie), Dustin Bethel, PR, 76. 6, Luke Wurdock, UNC, 84. 8, Daniel Stacey, N, 90.

No. 3 player: 1, Mitch Hagenson, SM, 73. 3 (tie), Gunnar Netteberg, N, 83. 5, Jamie Stewart, PR, 87. 6, Don Wurdock, UNC, 91.

No. 4 player: 1, Trent Hagenson, SM, 73. 2, Ryan DeLaHunt, PR, 81. 4, Noah Hendrickson, UNC, 88. 6, Jacob Jordan, N, 90.

No. 5 player: 1, Andrew Nelson, SM, 71. 2, Wyatt Derman, PR, 77. 4, Gavin Mickelson, UNC, 85. 5, AJ Pappas, N, 87.

No. 6 player: 1 (tie), Jackson Goerges, PL, and Matt Stone, SM, 83. 3, Derek Huotari, UNC, 90. 4, Jeff Jacobson, PR, 93. 5, Michael Babler, N, 95.

Bethel leads Panthers at HCC

     Bethel’s 78 at the No. 3 spot, Stewart’s 83 at the No. 5 spot and CJ Hess’ 88 at the No. 6 spot resulted in runner-up showings and led the Panthers on their home course.

     Johnson shared runner-up honors at the No. 2 spot with an 80 while Bailey Mueller carded an 85 to complete the Panthers’ team score.

     Andrew Israelson’s 74 led the way as the Cardinals went undefeated in conference play.

     UNC shot a 444 and scored 24 points behind Luke Wurdock’s 81, Mickelson’s 87, Don Wurdock’s 91, Hendrickson’s 92 and Huotari’s 93.

     Netteberg’s 86, Michael Babler’s 90, Pappas’ 91, Stacey’s 95 and Halik’s 100 led Nevis to a 462 and 22.5 points.

     UNC’s Luke Wurdock, Hillukka and Mickelson and Nevis’ Netteberg qualified as individuals for the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship.

Team scores: Staples-Motley (392) 53 points, Pequot Lakes (420) 36.5 points, Park Rapids (414) 33.5 points, Crosby-Ironton (436) 26.5 points, United North Central (444) 24 points, Nevis (462) 22.5 points, Wadena-Deer Creek (459) 19 points, Pine River-Backus (519) 8 points.

Final team standings: Staples-Motley 198.3, Park Rapids 143.5, Pequot Lakes 130.5, Crosby-Ironton 116.8, United North Central 96, Wadena-Deer Creek 74, Nevis 67, Pine River-Backus 57.8.

Individual results

No. 1 player: 1, Andrew Israelson, SM, 74. 5, Bailey Mueller, PR, 85. 6, Arik Hillukka, UNC, 94. 8, Aaron Halik, N, 100.

No. 2 player: 1, Dakota Waverek, SM, 76. 2 (tie), Ian Johnson, PR, 80. 4, Luke Wurdock, UNC, 81. 8, Daniel Stacey, N, 95.

No. 3 player: 1, Mitch Hagenson, SM, 76. 2, Dustin Bethel, PR, 78. 4, Gunnar Netteberg, N, 86. 6, Don Wurdock, UNC, 91.

No. 4 player: 1, Trent Hagenson, SM, 84. 3, AJ Pappas, N, 91. 4, Noah Hendrickson, UNC, 92. 7, Ryan DeLaHunt, PR, 92.

No. 5 player: 1, Andrew Nelson, SM, 82. 2, Jamie Stewart, PR, 83. 4, Gavin Michelson, UNC, 87. 6 (tie), Jacob Jordan, N, 101.

No. 6 player: 1, Trenton Beyer, PL, 85. 2, CJ Hess, PR, 88. 3, Michael Babler, N, 90. 8, Derek Huotari UNC, 93.

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