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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What started 14 years ago, has turned into a summer highlight for many Golden Gopher fans. The Gopher Golf Gathering hosted by Dutch Cragun is scheduled for June 26-27 at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake. The annual fundraiser for University of Minnesota athletics was expanded four years ago to accommodate all former alumni and fans, especially those that do not golf. The Thursday night coaches dinner is open to everyone. The cost is $25 and will begin with a 5:30 p.m. silent auction and social hour followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Saul Sasse said he needs to hit the ball more consistent. The Pine River-Backus senior couldn't have scored more consistently. Sasse hit back-to-back 85s for a two-day 170 tying him for 31st place in the Class 1A state tournament at Pebble Creek in Becker. The state tournament rookie started well on the first four holes Wednesday, but struggled on holes 5 through 9. "He played pretty well and started out absolutely perfect for the first three or four holes," said PR-B head coach Steve Heslop. "Then things started to slip.
Maggie Heggerston and the Pequot Lakes Patriots turned goals into reality Wednesday. Andrew Israelson did exactly what he planned on doing. Heggerston followed up her opening-round 73 with a her third under-par round of the postseason. The Pequot junior shot a 2-under 70 Wednesday for a two-day 143 and a share of the girls Class 2A state individual title. Virginia's Andrew Sederlund and Mankato East's Carter Haley matched Israelson's 144. Israelson said he wanted to shoot even par after opening the tournament with a 1-under 71.
Class 3A Golf Who: Brainerd's Thomas Stoxen Where: Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids Thomas Stoxen was tired of it. After shooting an opening round 80 and then starting the final round with three straight bogeys, the Brainerd Warriors senior had enough. Stoxen turned things around and shot 75 Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Club to finish with a two-day 155 in the Class 3A state tournament. He tied for 33rd place in his first state meet. "I was not hitting the ball very well," said Stoxen. "Then I came around the fourth hole and I was tired of it.
Class 2A Golf Girls: Pequot Lakes team, Pierz's Jessica Hawks, Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson, W-DC's Heather Theisen Boys: Staples-Motley team Next: Final round of 2A state golf at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for girls, noon for boys Maggie Heggerston and her Pequot Lakes teammates are going hunting for birdies, eagles and other featured fare Wednesday. The Patriots are two shots behind second-place Red Wing after the first round of the Class 2A state tournament Tuesday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.
Class 3A Golf Who: Brainerd's Thomas Stoxen tied for 49th Where: Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids Next: Final round of Class 3A state golf at Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Noon Wednesday He's frustrated and disappointed, but Thomas Stoxen is not done. Stoxen fired nines of 40-40 to shoot a first-round 80 in the Class 3A state tournament Tuesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. The Brainerd Warriors senior isn't accustomed to shooting in the 80s during warmer weather.
Jenna Pettit has improved from last year and Saul Sasse improved mid-round. Pettit shot nines of 49-45 Tuesday for her first round 94, which has her sitting tied for 24th after the first round of the Class 1A state tournament at Pebble Creek in Becker.
Six new teams along with Marshall will try to prevent the Staples-Motley Cardinals from repeating as Class 2A state boys team champions. The Cardinals will begin their title defense Tuesday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. The final round will be Wednesday.
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