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Participation in golf on the rise for Tigers

The Nevis boys golf team is looking to card a round under 360 while the Nevis girls are looking to field a full varsity team by the end of the season.

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Olaf Netteberg is looking forward to the season as higher participation numbers will provide increased competition for starting spots for the Nevis boys and girls golf teams.

The Tigers have 25 golfers in grades 7-12 with seven returning with varsity experience.

Leading the Nevis boys squad will be senior Hunter Wright; juniors Ty Warrington and Ethan Lewis; and freshmen JohnPaul Benson and Lealan Norby. Sophomores Sofia Anderson and Sarah Boettcher return to tee it up for the Nevis girls.

Warrington and Anderson return after earning spots in the section tournament in 2019. During the first day of section play, Anderson carded a 117 to advance to the finals of the girls tournament. Anderson carded a 114 to move up to 26th place with a two-day total of 231. Warrington opened with a 91 to advance to the finals and followed with a 93 for a 184 to claim 22nd place in the boys meet.

Norby, Benson and Boettcher also return from the 2019 section teams. Boettcher carded a 137 as the Nevis girls placed sixth with a 470 on the first day while Norby’s 121 and Benson’s 124 led to a 452 for 11th place for the Nevis boys. Only the top four teams advanced to the section’s final round.

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During Northern Pines Conference play in 2019, Nevis finished fourth in the girls standings with 28 points as Park Rapids (6), Pine River-Backus (11) and Bigfork (12) led the way. Anderson carded a 51.3 average in four 9-hole meets.

For the boys, the Tigers took fourth in NPC play with 25 points to trail Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte (6), Park Rapids (11) and United North Central (13). Warrington had a 47.3 average and Norby posted a 52.3 average in four conference meets.

Rounding out the boys and girls rosters are junior Eddie Kramer; sophomores Savannah Anderson, Spencer Lindow, Blaine Leckie, Josiah Bloom, Chris Goochey, David Riehle and Tyler Ford; freshman Owen DeWitt; eighth graders Anna Crimmins, Caley Muller, Kael Netteberg and Daniel Lindow; and seventh graders Claire Isaacson, Brenna Lindow, Payton Durgin, Lily Farrington and Noah Olson.

“All of our returning letterwinners played varsity for us in the past and we look to all of them being the core of the team this year. We are very excited that our participation numbers are higher this season than they have been in the recent past and making the top 6 will be very competitive,” said Netteberg, who will be assisted by former Nevis and University of Minnesota Crookston golfer McKenzie Harris. “Sofia and Sarah are our only returning varsity girls, but we have some younger girls that will have a great time on junior high and if things go well some of them may step into the varsity lineup. We haven’t seen either of these girls since they were in 8th grade so they will definitely be turning in nicer scores. Missing last season was obviously strange, but I joked last spring that the spring and summer of 2020 would be a great time to play a lot of golf and our core group of boys did play. After just a few days of practice, I can’t wait to see what kind of team score we can create this spring. It will honestly be some of the better golf we have seen in a number of years. It has been several years since we realistically carded scores under 360 and I think we can shoot in that neighborhood right away this season.”

SEASON SCHEDULE
April 27 - Girls at conference meet at Cass Lake, 4:45 p.m. April 28 - Northern Pines Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club, 10 a.m. April 29 - Boys at conference meet at Bigfork, 5 p.m.
May 3 - Girls at Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club, 9 a.m. May 4 - Girls at conference meet at Pine River, 5 p.m. May 6 - Boys at conference meet at Bears Den, 5 p.m. May 7 - Boys at Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club, 9 a.m. May 11 - Conference meet at Castle Highlands, 10 a.m. May 17 - John Kirk Invitational at Longbow, 9 a.m.
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