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Boys Golf: Evans shoots even for Warriors

Warrior Invite Team: Chaska shot 301 Individual: Brainerd's Jack Evans shot even-par 72 for third Next: Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley in Warrior Invite at Grand View Lodge's The Pines 8:30 a.m. Thursday. EAST GULL LAKE - On a day the Bra...

Jack Evans
Jack Evans

Warrior Invite

Team: Chaska shot 301

Individual: Brainerd's Jack Evans shot even-par 72 for third

Next: Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley in Warrior Invite at Grand View Lodge's The Pines 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

EAST GULL LAKE - On a day the Brainerd Warriors recorded its worst place finish, they posted their best team score Thursday at Cragun's Legacy Courses.

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The level of competition playing the Dutch Legacy in the 25-team invite was evident as 42 players shot 79 or better, including Chaska's Clay Kucera, who fired a 3-under-par 69 for medalist honors. Kucera led Chaska to the team title of 301. That was only 11 shots better than Brainerd, but was worth eight places as Brainerd finished ninth with a season-best 312.

"Fortunately, in the faces of the two boys that played really well it was such a huge boost in confidence with a week away from sections," said Brained head coach Brian Wallace. "The two or three players that didn't play well, they can still see as a team we were very competitive. If they play their normal rounds, we have a chance of winning it. That's the positive. If we just have a couple more rounds in the normal mid range of the 70s we are in line to win this thing. That's a great sign leading into next week."

Brainerd was led by Jack Evans and his third-place 72. Evans shot nines of 36-36 for his even par. The Warrior freshman birdied the par 4 third and par 5 ninth hole on the front nine. He opened the back with a birdie three on the 396-yard 10th hole.

"I wanted to play pretty smart for the most part," said Evans. "I didn't want to go for too many par 5s. I was playing iron off the tee most of the time. I hit very few drivers. I think I only hit three on the back nine. I was trying to get my irons close from fairly short range."

The course played at 6,034 yards, which was shorter than Evans, a Legacy Course member, usually plays at. That allowed him to play more conservatively with his club selection. It helped that his putter was in tune with the rest of his game, too.

"I was putting the ball really well," said Evans. "I made a lot of up and downs. I made some very optimal 15 footers. I left them close and I wasn't blowing them by. I haven't had that going this year."

Junior Joe Foley tied for ninth with a 2-over 74. Danny Olson, an eighth grader, shot 82 and Andy Muesing and Peter Dahl fired 84s for the Warriors 312.

"That was exciting to see Jack play like he did and hold it together through to the end," said Wallace. "Lot of times you see a kid get a good round going and they sort of fall off toward the end. He held it together and played to his capabilities.

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"Joe is capable of those scores and he showed that at last year's section tournament. With that being a week away, hopefully we can get all of our guys hitting on all cylinders."

Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson fired nines of 38-38 for his 76, which led the Cardinals to 21st. He played 3-over on the four par 3s, but 2-under on the par 5s. Teammate Finn Erholtz added an 84.

Pequot Lakes placed 19th and was led by Ethan Neitzke and his 78. Jackson Goerges shot 86 and Hunter Clement added an 87.

Seventh-grader Cayden Turk led a young Crosby-Ironton Ranger squad with his 95.

Team scores: 1-Chaska 301, 2-St. Michael-Albertville 303, 3-Eastview 306, 4-Forest Lake 307, 5-Blaine 309, 6-Totino-Grace 310, 7-Lakeville South 310, 8-Anoka 311, 9-Brainerd 312, 10-Sartell 318, 11-Elk River 319, 12-Rogers 323, 13-St. Cloud Tech 326, 14-Willmar 327, 15-Holy Angels 329, 16-Osseo 332, 17-Bemidji 333, 18-Armstrong 339, 19-Pequot Lakes 339, 20-Spring Lake Park 343, 21-Staples-Motley 350, 22-St. Cloud Apollo 355, 23-Rocori 360, 24-Brainerd B 364, 25-Crosby-Ironton 394

Individual medalist: Clay Kucera (Chaska) 69

Brainerd Blue results: Andy Muesing 84, Danny Olson 82, Jack Evans 72, Joe Foley 74, Peter Dahl 84, Zach Mohrfeld 87

Brainerd White results: Gavin Metz 85, Luke Johnson 97, Alex Stirewalt 108, Matt Fischer 104, Sam Hauge 89, Luke Anderson 93

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Crosby-Ironton results: Cayden Turk 95, Colton Turk 108, Jared Nelson 106, Nate Finnerty 104, Tyrese Dooyema 89

Pequot Lakes results: Ethan Neitzke 78, Hunter Clement 87, Jackson Goerges 86, John Marchwick 88, Tyson Kramer 89

Staples-Motley results: Andrew Israelson 78, Finn Erholtz 84, Jack Benson 102, Tyler Helling 88

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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