My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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Abby Pohlkamp was the model of consistency. The Brainerd senior matched her opening round 85 with another 85 to lead the Warriors to seventh place after the final round of the Class 3A State Tournament Wednesday, June 12, at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Pohlkamp opened with a 9-over 45 on her first nine holes and added a double bogey on her 10th hole, the par 4 first. Six pars and two bogeys were marked on her scorecard the rest of the way for a back nine 40. That helped her finish her final prep golf tournament in 40th place individually with a two-day 170.
It wasn't what he wanted, but Brady Raph still posted a top 10 finish after the final round of the Class 1A State Tournament, Wednesday, June 12, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. The Pine River-Backus junior carded a second-round 79 to finish with a two-day 160 that tied him with four other players. Raph was one of just six players to break 80 Wednesday.
Pequot Lakes head coach Steve Stoxen said it before the tournament began. Despite being a freshman, Tyler Seeling's best quality as a golfer is his composure and mental toughness. Seeling showed that as he rebounded from an opening round 80 to post a 75 in the final round of the Class 2A State Tournament Wednesday, June 12, at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. His two-day 155 topped the area players and landed Seeling in 15th place in his first ever state tournament.
Izzy Olson was three double bogeys away from a spectacular round. The Brainerd Warriors eighth grader still posted an impressive 81 in the opening round of the Class 3A State Tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Olson's 81 has Brainerd sitting in fifth place in the team standings. Chanhassen leads the field after its first-day 309. Roseville shot 313 and Edina 316. Anna Krieger fired an 82 followed by 85s from Katie Foley and Abby Pohlkamp for Brainerd's 333.
Brady Raph was cruising. The Pine River-Backus junior parred his first five holes, but five bogeys, a double and a triple has Raph sitting in a tie for 14th with an opening-round 81 in the Class 1A State Tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. After his string of pars to open his round, Raph carded two bogeys and a double on his ninth hole to fire a first nine 40. A triple bogey on the second hole, his 11th, was followed by back-to-back bogeys and the four-year state veteran was reeling.
Casey Finnerty proved to be the most consistent of the five area boys golfers in the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. The Crosby-Ironton junior shot a 7-over 79 in his first ever state round to find himself seven shots off the first-round lead and in a tie for 25th. Finnerty was one of the few players to shoot par or better on the 530-yard opening hole. A birdie on the 404-yard eighth hole helped offset four bogeys on the front.
The last time the Brainerd Warriors were at the state tournament they won it all. Unfortunately, none of the girls on this year's squad were born yet as the Warriors were last in a state tournament in 1999. Still Brainerd will find itself in a similar situation as the 1999 state champion team when it tees off in the Class 3A State Tournament noon, Tuesday, June 11, at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.
Twenty years ago Jean Martin and six girls were the talk of the Brainerd lakes area. Now the wife, mother of two and teacher talks about what really happened back in 1999 when the Brainerd Warriors girls golf team shocked the state and won the Class 2A State Golf Tournament. ****Q: Tuesday will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Brainerd Warriors' last appearance at the state girls golf meet. Does it feel that long ago?
ST. PAUL—Ethan Hebert secured another podium finish and Gabbie Smith enjoyed another successful state experience Friday, June 7, in the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University. Hebert placed fifth in the pole vault with a 14-foot-3 effort. The senior tied for fifth last year with a 13-6 effort. As a sophomore he was 16th with a 12-0. East Ridge's Alec Wittman repeated as state champion. He went 15-0 this year.
Desera Engholm and Matthias Algarin proved that seedings do matter Friday, June 7, at the Class 1A State meet at Hamline University, St. Paul. Engholm, a Pequot Lakes senior, and Algarin, a Pierz junior, each collected a state title after both being seeded No. 1 one heading into Friday's finals. Engholm threw a 131-4 on her final attempt to win the discus throw. She was sitting at 124-7 as her best throw before her final attempt. That had her sitting behind state runner up Elizabeth Pahl of Osakis.