SARTELL-Staples-Motley's Beck Erholtz and Ethan Ballou of Little Falls both fired 77s to land in a three-way tie for the first round lead after the opening round of the Section 6-2A Tournament Monday, June 3, at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club.
Erholtz led the Cardinals into the second round as they finished fifth-10 shots off of first-round leader Rocori.
Crosby-Ironton will also play Tuesday, June 4, as they tied for third. The Rangers, led by Casey Finnerty's 79 trail by six strokes. Cayden Turk fired an 83. Will Meyer shot an 85 and Colten Turk an 86.
Ballou, Aitkin's Sam Sadlowsky and Pierz's Lance Otremba and Alex Poster all advanced to the second round.
The top four teams and those teams 10 strokes back of the leader advance along with the top eight individuals not on those teams.
Sadlowsky is sitting tied for fifth individually after firing a 79. Otremba is 12th with his 82. Poster Shot an 85 for 21st place.
Team scores: 1-Rocori 327, 2-St. Cloud Cathedral 331, 3t-Crosby-Ironton 333, 3t-Melrose 333, 5-Staples-Motley 337, 6t-Albany 342, 6t-Little Falls 342, 8-Pierz 347, 9-Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins 350, 10-Milaca 353, 11-Paynesville 393, 12-Sauk Centre 394, 13-Aitkin 432, 14-Foley 433, 15-Pillager 462
First-round leader: Beck Erholtz (SM) 77, Ethan Ballou (LF) 77, Tucker Haakonson (Rocori) 77
Aitkin results: Sam Sadlowsky 79, Jacob Espeseth 109, Tyler Bill 120, Nathan Sather 124, Thomas Gustin 128, Logan Crowther 137
Crosby-Ironton results: Casey Finnerty 79, Cayden Turk 83, Colten Turk 86, Frank Meyer 93, Joe Stokman 92, Will Meyer 85
Little Falls results: Adam Beack 87, Ethna Ballou 77, Lucas Rekstad 90, Max Dempsey 88, Nick Stevens 90, Nolan Bjorge 93
Pierz results: Alex Poster 85, Alex Wilson 101, Isaac Stangl 102, Lance Otremba 82, Logan Herold 88, Nick Scholl 92
Pillager results: Ethan Thomsen 106, Jack Burm 115, Evan Imgrund 116, Owen Pantzke 125, Ethan Kocur 129
Staples-Motley results: Beck Erholtz 77, Finn Erholtz 84, Jack Benson 87, Adam Oberlander 89, Alex Giza 93, Alex Rosenthal 99
Next: Section 6-2A final round at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Sartell, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4.
Pequot sitting 5th
BEMIDJI-Henry Neva's 80 led the Pequot Lakes Patriots into the fifth spot after the opening round of the Section 8-2A Tournament Monday, June 3, at Bemidji Town and Country Club.
Brodie Olson and Tyler Seeling both fired 84s as the Patriots trail first-round leader Detroit Lakes by 29 strokes.
The top team and the top five individuals not on that team after the final round Tuesday, June 4, will advance to the Class 2A State Tournament.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kade Woods fired an opening-round 95,
Team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 311, 2t-Crookston 331, 2t-Roseau 331, 4-Fergus Falls 337, 5-Pequot Lakes 340, 6-Warroad 366
First-round leader: Grant Inniger (Barnesville) 78
Pequot Lakes results: Henry Neva 80, Brodie Olson 84, Tyler Seeling 84, Luke Tangen 92, Ben Golden 96, Quady Bernu 92
Wadena-Deer Creek results: Kade Woods 95
Next: Section 8-2A Final Round at Bemidji Town and Country Club Tuesday, June 4.