My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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Jim Blocker took his first selfie. It required a special occasion and Blocker's Father's Day was just that. At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Blocker was on the No. 2 tee box at Emily Greens Golf Course. Blocker took out his 6 iron for the 132-yard par 3 and watched as he recorded his first hole-in-one.
Ken Allee couldn't wait to tell his girlfriend about his first ever hole-in-one. Nicole Gustafson didn't have to wait to tell him about hers. She screamed it about five minutes later. The couple was golfing Monday on the Dutch Legacy at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake. They weren't playing together, however, as they were paired with different partners for Ernie's League, which plays Monday afternoons at the resort course. Allee was playing one group ahead of Gustafson with Chris O'Day, while Gustafson was playing with her mother Sue Mandt.
It's an avid golfer's dream come true. Play 18 holes on Deacon's Lodge, The Classic at Madden's, The Pines at Grand View Lodge and one of the two championship courses at Cragun's Legacy Courses for $50. That's less than a dollar a hole and still Master PGA instructor Chris Foley is begging junior players to take up the offer. Foley is the founder of the area's Junior Lakes Cup—a four-week traveling golf league for junior golfers age 13 to graduating seniors.
Class 3A What: Class 3A state tournament Who: Brainerd's Gavin Metz When: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14 Where: Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Gavin Metz admitted he's going to be more nervous this year. As an upstart freshman playing in his first state tournament last year, Metz had no idea how big the Class 3A state tournament is. He knows now, but heading into his second state tournament Metz has a goal and a plan.
Title defenses will be in effect. Three individual state titles, two state records and a state championship relay will all be defended by area athletes when the Class 1A meet kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday and concludes starting 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Staples-Motley's Millie Klefsaas will have two titles to defend, including her state-record pole vault.
With one year of experience under his belt, Tanner Lundberg is ready for the next step. The problem for the Brainerd Warriors' junior is which step to take. He'll make his decision prior to 8 a.m. Thursday. That's when Lundberg begins his second Class 2A state singles tournament at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Brainerd's Julia Wallace shaved off seven strokes to finish 10th Team highlight: Warriors place fifth PEQUOT LAKES—Julia Wallace went to bed with a clear conscience. Her goal of advancing to the Class 3A state tournament didn't materialize Thursday despite shooting a final-round 84 at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge during the Section 8-3A tournament. It was one stroke too many and kept her out of a playoff for the fifth and final individual spot to advance to the final tournament of the school year.
PEQUOT LAKES—Gavin Metz is headed back to state. And while he's glad to return to the state's final tournament, he's not happy. For the second straight year, Metz will have to play Bunker Hills alone as the Brainerd Warriors were unable to mount a charge against first-round leader Alexandria and finished third in the Section 8-3A tournament.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Maren Pelowski shot 90 for the Warriors Team highlight: Brainerd sits fifth Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A final round at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge, Pequot Lakes 9 a.m. Thursday PEQUOT LAKES—If grouping was a thing, then the Brainerd Warriors would be all-stars. All six Brainerd scores were within nine strokes of each other during Wednesday's opening round of the Section 8-3A tournament at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Jack Evans shot a 4-over, fourth-place 76 Team highlight: Warriors land in second 12 shots off lead Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A final round at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge, Pequot Lakes, 9 a.m. Thursday, June 1 PEQUOT LAKES—Jack Evans broke the big picture down into smaller pieces Wednesday. Following the opening round of the Section 8-3A tournament, the Brainerd Warriors found themselves in second place, but 12 shots off the lead, which is held by Alexandria.