Male Area Athlete of the Week: Seeling starts senior year strong
Pequot Lakes senior gets male area athlete of the week
Tyler Seeling keeps racking up wins.
The Pequot Lakes senior has been winning on the golf course his whole career and he added to it last week with a win at Blackberry Ridge where he shot a 74 and a win at The Vintage at Staples where he fired a 73.
“His mental play is just so strong,” Pequot Lakes head coach Steve Stoxen said. “No matter if he hits a big shot or not he’s able to come back.”
Seeling carded three birdies in his 2-over round at Blackberry Ridge which was a Section 6-2A PreSection meet. He tallied three birdies at the Vintage which was also the Staples-Motley Mid-Minnesota Invite.
“My wedges are probably the best of my game right now I’d say,” Seeling said.
Last year, Seeling compiled a two-day score of 155 to finish 23rd at the Class 2A State Tournament. He shot 79 on Day One and 76 on Day Two.
“He carries himself extremely well,” Stoxen said. “The best part about Tyler is he leads by example. Even at practice, the kid doesn’t have to say much. He just practices the right way. Works on his weaknesses and it’s nice to have a leader like that in practice because the rest of the kids just follow. You don’t see that very often in high school which is very cool.”
Despite the early success, Seeling is a tough critic of himself.
“I wouldn’t say my game is in a place where I like it to be,” he said. “It’s just about staying mentally strong, so that way I can put the whole round together and post a good score.”
It’s what Stoxen calls Seeling’s competitive spirit.
“He’s a guy you want leading your golf team by the way he carries himself,” Stoxen said. “When he gets out there you can tell he loves to compete and wants to play well. He competes hard.”
Seeling plays in summer tournaments which helps calm his nerves with the poor weather and cancellations of early meets.
“I feel like I have more confidence thinking into the future,” he said. “Once I get to the point where I’m happy with my game I feel like I can be more dangerous on the course. Finally, it’s starting to warm up, but earlier in the year it was kind of tough because we probably got a month cut off in our season.”
According to Stoxen, accuracy off the tee is a big reason why Seeling can win any tournament he plays.
“And just his overall demeanor on the golf course when he’s having difficulties,” Stoxen said. “He stays even keel and focuses his energy on the next shot.”
Seeling’s goal is to win the state title, something he thinks he can do if his game is hitting on all cylinders. He plans to play golf at South Dakota State next year.
“I don’t feel a lot of pressure, I would just say I’m still trying to go out there and win every tournament I can,” Seeling said. “Nothing has really changed.”
Other notable performances:
Baseball: Payton Rondestvedt, Wadena-Deer Creek, pitched five innings and struck out five while also hitting a triple against Menahga.
Josh Dykhoff, Wadena-Deer Creek, hit a double and a three-run home run against Menahga.
Owen Bode, Little Falls, went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Carson Kullhem, Aitkin, went 6-for-10 with two doubles and three RBIs against Pequot Lakes.
Landon Janzen, Aitkin, homered twice against Pequot Lakes.
Chance Abraham, Pine River-Backus, went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs against Bagley.
Josh Kossan, Staples-Motley, went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles against Park Rapids.
Golf: Logan Herold, Pierz, won the individual title at the Elk River Golf Club.
School: Pequot Lakes
Highlights: He won the individual title at Blackberry Ridge with a 74 and the Staples-Motley Invite with a 73.