If tune-up rounds for the upcoming Section 8AA North golf tournament are any indication, the Park Rapids girls made a statement while the Park Rapids boys have some work to do.
Seven boys teams competed in a pre-subsection meet at Crookston’s Minakwa Golf Club on Tuesday, May 25. The Panthers ended up placing sixth with a 365 as Roseau topped the field with a 308 while Hawley (334) and Thief River Falls (344) followed. East Grand Forks carded 353 and Crookston carded a 354 to also finish ahead of Park Rapids. The top three teams in the Section 8AA North tournament and the top six individuals not on those three qualifying teams will advance to the Section 8AA tournament at the Bemidji Town & Country Club on June 7-8. Crookston is hosting the Section 8AA North tournament on Tuesday, June 1.
The same seven teams tuned up for the Section 8AA North girls tournament by playing a round at Bagley’s Twin Pines Golf Course on Wednesday, May 26. The Panthers led the way with a 378, which was a season best. Bagley will host the Section 8AA North tournament on Tuesday, June 1. The top three teams and the top six individuals not on those three qualifying teams will advance to the Section 8AA tournament at the Bemidji Town & Country Club on June 7-8.
Boys place sixth
Tate Usher’s 87 and Nolan Eckmann’s 91 led the Panthers in this meet that had steady winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
Alec Nordin’s 92 and Kenton Klein’s 95 rounded out the team score while Isaiah Phillippi carded a 99 and Quincy Squires had a 117 in his first varsity match.
Markus Nelson and Max Wilson shared medalist honors with 76s on the par-72 course as Roseau easily led the field.
Team scores: Roseau 308, Hawley 334, Thief River Falls 344, East Grand Forks 353, Crookston 354, Park Rapids 365, Warroad 371.
Medalist: Markus Nelson, R, and Max Wilson, R, 76. 3, Judd Ginther, R, 77. Park Rapids scores: Tate Usher 87, Nolan Eckmann 91, Alec Nordin 92, Kenton Klein 95, Isaiah Phillippi 99, Quincy Squires 117.
Girls top field
Anna Eckmann earned medalist honors with an 81 while Mady Maninga tied for second with an 82 on the par-72 course to lead the Panthers to the team title.
Natalie Backmann’s 107 and Lexi Usher’s 108 rounded out Park Rapids’ team score. Emily Schulz carded a 113 and Emma Vrieze had a 116 for the Panthers.
East Grand Forks finished second with a 381 and Hawley was third with a 388.