The Osakis boys golf team did not advance to the second day of the Section 5A meet after the opening round on Wednesday, but the Silverstreaks did advance two individuals.
Sophomore Jacob Uhl and freshman Logan Lipke both accomplished that as Uhl shot a 96 on day one, good for a tie for 16th. Lipke carded a 98 over 18 holes to tie for 22nd and advance to the second round at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar that finishes up today, Thursday.
“Overall, the boys played well,” Osakis head coach Chris Grove said. “It is exciting to see Jacob and Logan advance to day two. The other boys were right there and they all kind of had one rough hole they would have liked to have a do-over, but that is the way it goes.”
Osakis shot a team score of 396 to finish sixth in a section that is represented by 15 programs. Seventh-grader Chase Triebenbach and senior Owen Rajdl both shot 101 as Osakis’ third and fourth scores. Eighth-grader Isaac Maddock carded a 103 and senior Tanner Mathews shot a 107.
“It's tough when it is the last one for the seniors,” Grove said. “Tanner had a nice career. Good, solid player and a great kid. I'm glad Owen came out as a first-time golfer this year. He turned in a nice season and is just another good person. We have a young team, so it was nice to have those two giving us a senior leader presence.”
The top four teams from day one advance to day two of the section meet to compete for a spot at state. Lac qui Parle Valley is well on its way to securing that after shooting a 329 on Wednesday. Lakeview was a distant second at 364. Yellow Medicine East was third at 379, and Minneota was fourth at 386.
The top 25 percent of individual scores for players not qualifying for day two through one of those four teams also make it to the second round of sections.
The West Central Area boys golf team also competed in the Section 5A meet and finished 12th with a team score of 442.
Tate Christenson shot a 105 to lead the way for WCA. Mitch Dewey shot a 108, Jacob Warde a 114 and Devon Benson had a 115 to round out the team scoring. Peyton Hanson and Trenton Getzlaff carded 117s to finish off the Knights’ lineup.
“Tougher day on a course with a lot of trees for a young team, but we are looking forward to moving to Section 6A next year and playing in Perham and returning our whole team,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said.
Christenson, a sophomore, made the all-conference team this season and also won the team award from the Knights for the lowest scoring average. Hanson was named the Knights’ rookie of the year. Benson was most improved, Dewey most dedicated and Getzlaff earned the Shining Knight Award as WCA handed out its team awards for the spring season.