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Boys Golf: Muesing's 2 lands Brainerd in contention

EAST GULL LAKE - Andrew Muesing may have carded the most improbable double eagle of this year's golf season. On a cold, windy, miserable Wednesday, playing from the blue tees on Bobby's Legacy at Cragun's Legacy Courses, Muesing hit driver into a...

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EAST GULL LAKE - Andrew Muesing may have carded the most improbable double eagle of this year's golf season.

On a cold, windy, miserable Wednesday, playing from the blue tees on Bobby's Legacy at Cragun's Legacy Courses, Muesing hit driver into a 25 mph wind then hit 4-iron into a cross wind for a 2 on the par 5 18th.

Muesing's double eagle helped him to a first-round 78, which landed Brainerd in second place heading into the second round of the Pequot Lakes Invite.

"That's got to be the most unlikely double eagle ever," said Warriors head coach Brian Wallace. "Being from the blue tees and hitting your drive straight into the wind. Then his second shot had a huge left to right wind and he just puts it in the hole."

Muesing's 78 along with Zach Mohrfeld's 79 have them both in contention for individual honors behind first-round leader Henry Venuta of Hill-Murray, who shot a first-round 75. It's Morhfeld's first time breaking 80 in a varsity round.

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"It was a very nice showing and a good team score under those type of conditions," said Wallace. "It looks like the team is getting a little bit better each time we play. We didn't even count our No. 1 scorer and we're still sitting in second place. That's pretty good from a team standpoint."

The tournament moves from Bobby's par 73 layout to the par 72 Dutch Legacy Thursday.

Tom Burgstaler's 82 powered the Crosby-Ironton Rangers into ninth place. Pequot Lakes, led by Ethan Neitzke's 85, is in 11th place.

Andrew Israelson struggled to an 85 and Tyler Helling shot 86 for the 15th-place Staples-Motley Cardinals. Pine River-Backus is in 18th place.

The odds of making a hole-in-one are 12,700 to 1. The odds of making a double eagle are estimated at six million to 1.

Team scores (first round): 1-Hill-Murray 315, 2-Brainerd 327, Roseau 339, 4-Duluth Marshall 341, 5-Buffalo 346, 6-Crookston 352, 7-Farmington 353, 8-Bemidji 354, 9-Crosby-Ironton 355, 10-Hermantown 357, 11-Pequot Lakes 359, 12-Detroit Lakes 362, 13-East Grand Forks 353, 14-Grand Rapids 372, 15-Staples-Motley 386, 16-Fergus Falls 390, 17-Monticelllo 393, 18-Pine River-Backus 475

Individual medalist: Henry Venuta (Hill-Murray) 75

Brainerd results: Peter Dahl 88, Andrew Muesing 78, Joe Foley 83, Zach Mohrfeld 79, Jack Evans 92, Sam Haug 87

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Crosby-Ironton results: Tom Burgstaler 82, Matt Donovan 86, Brett Midthun 93, Tyrese Dooyema 94, Brendan Knox 111, Zach Spalj 113

Pequot Lakes results: Ethan Neitzke 85, Jackson Goerges 89, Levi Puetz 91, Jack Keiffer 107, Tyson Kramer 104, John Marchwick 94

Staples-Motley results: Andrew Israelson 85, Tyler Helling 86, Finn Erholtz 102, Jacob Bendson 114

Pine River-Backus results: Nate Brasel 101, Keenan Dahl 115, Beau Broom 135, Troy Staples 123, Brady Raph 142, Evan Koering 173

Next: Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pine River-Backus, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek in Pequot Lakes Invite, Day Two, Cragun's Legacy Courses Noon Thursday.

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