Boys Golf: Pequot’s Seeling so close to breaking out: Warriors grab a top 10 finish
Brainerd and Pequot Lakes hit the links Wednesday.
EAST GULL LAKE — Tyler Seeling is right there.
He can feel it, but he’s also getting a little frustrated.
The Pequot Lakes senior carded six birdies, but still couldn’t break par shooting a 1-over 71 Wednesday, May 25, to tie for fifth in the Brainerd Invite at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.
“I had six birdies and just the fact that I’m still able to shoot over par is kind of, I don’t know, it definitely says something,” Seeling said. “Usually it’s been my putting, but my putting was actually pretty good today. Today was my first time using this new putter and I surely liked it.”
Seeling was 1-under after the front nine. He made birdies on the 411-yard par 4 fourth hole, the 132-yard eighth hole and the 515-yard par 5 ninth hole to combat a double bogey on the fifth hole.
The six-year variety veteran got to 2-under-par after a birdie on the 366-yard 11th hole, but then went bogey, double, bogey to give back four shots. He rebounded with back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16, before a bogey 5 on the closing hole.
“I just have to make good choices out there,” Seeling said. “When I’m playing well and things are clicking, I just need to make sure I’m not trying to get too aggressive so I throw it all away.”
As for tackling the new Legacy Courses, Seeling said he wanted to play it hole-by-hole. A few of the holes, like the par 4 18th, were just recently opened so most players hadn’t played it before.
“I feel like my confidence is pretty good,” Seeling said. “I’ve had these rough spots or whatever, but I feel like if I can just get one day I’ll be able to go really low. If I can get everything to click.”
Seeling’s 71 coupled with Anthony Armstrong’s 78, Tollef Birkeland’s 79 and Ethan Thomas’ 84 helped Pequot to a 13th-place 312. That was five places behind host Brainerd, which fired a 304 to tie for eight with Bemidji.
The Warriors were just three shots out of fifth place. Eastview ran away with the team title with a 289 on the par 70 course.
Brainerd received a pair of 74s from Ryan Kennedy and Turner Person. Kennedy was especially pleased with his round Wednesday. The sophomore shot nines of 36-38 to tie for 16th individually.
“I was hitting a lot of fairways and playing very smart,” Kennedy said. “I hit a couple of really nice shots to get a couple of birdies and it was pretty easy the first eight holes.
“I”m really hitting my irons well and I’m starting to find more fairways and that’s going well for me.”
After opening with a bogey, Kennedy birdied holes 2 and 4 to move to 1-under. He was even through eight holes but went bogey and double on holes 9 and 10. The sophomore then carded seven pars and one bogey to close out his back nine.
“I played very well today. I just hit a few bad shots at bad times,” Kennedy said. “It was the first time in a while that we played with no wind. I knew it would be pretty gettable with the soft conditions. I came in with high expectations.”
Person matched Kennedy’s nine-hole scores, but needed three birdies to do it. The senior birdied 7, 9 and 12, but closed his round with three bogeys on his last four holes.
Junior Dawson Ringler shot 76 as he posted matching 38s. Ringler couldn’t manage a birdie, but stayed away from anything larger than a bogey.
Sophomore Marty Timmons and junior Max Holmstrom both shot 80s for Brainerd’s fourth score. Lance Zemke rounded out Brainerd’s roster with an 84.
Team scores: 1-Eastview 289, 2-Spring Lake Park 293, 3-Cloquet 295, 4-Chaska 298, 5-Buffalo 301, 6t-Detroit Lakes 303, 6t-Chanhassen 303, 8t-Brainerd 304, 8t-Bemidji 304, 10-Sartell 305, 11t-Centennial 307, 11t-Prior Lake 307, 13-Pequot Lakes 312, 14-Willmar 314, 15-Moorhead 318, 16t-Waconia 319, 16t-Grand Rapids 319, 18-Osseo 323, 19-Fergus Falls 325, 20-Sauk Rapids 332, 21-Academy of Holy Angels 351, 22-Zimmerman 354, 23-St. Cloud 355, 24-Rocori 374
Individual medalist: Joey Rohlwing (Eastview) 68
Brainerd results: Ryan Kennedy 74, Turner Person 74, Dawson Ringler 76, Marty Timmons 80, Max Holmstrom 80, Lance Zemke 84
Pequot Lakes results: Tyler Seeling 71, Anthony Armstrong 78, Tollef Birkeland 79, Ethan Thomas 84, Cooper Johnson 86, Michael Oseland 91
Next: Brainerd hosts Triangular at Headwaters Golf Course 9 a.m. Friday, May 27; Pequot Lakes in Cardinal Open at Cragun’s Legacy Courses 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.
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