Wolves try to shake off rust at home and away meets

The first week of the boys golf season has been a bit of an adventure for Milaca head coach Doug Geetz.

Geetz and the Wolves return several experienced players this season, but in the first week, players have been suspended or had other commitments, meaning

Wolves junior Leif Larson chips onto the green on April 22 in Milaca.

Wolves junior Leif Larson chips onto the green on April 22 in Milaca.

younger players hit the course.

“I have eight players that are hopefully competing for varsity spots, so that’s a lot of experience,” Geetz said. “But we haven’t been too consistent.”

The Wolves finished in sixth place in their turn to host a Granite Ridge Conference meet on April 22, the first meet of the season.

St. Cloud Cathedral won the tournament with a 160, while the Wolves totaled 185.

Scorers for the Wolves included: Luke Dillan, who shot a 45, and Sam Johnson, Jared Gould and Leif Larson each had 48.

Leading Milaca was No. 5 golfer junior Bennet Lerud with a 44.

“Bennett has been a nice surprise,” Geetz said. “He had the best score on Tuesday, but he shot 54 in the sloppy weather.”

That 54 was the worst score for the six Wolves players in the second conference meet of the year in Becker last Thursday.

Milaca again finished in sixth place and Cathedral again totaled 160 to take first.

In the Becker meet Larson had the best score for the Wolves with a 44. Noel Flor and Luke Dillan each finished with 45, and Sam Johnson had a 48.

Michael Nelson, the Wolves’ No. 1 golfer last season, will return from suspension this week.

Geetz said that there will be a lot of intersquad competition throughout the season to see who plays from meet to meet, and he hopes that will fuel better scores for the Wolves moving forward.

Milaca’s top finisher in the home nine-hole meet was Bennett Lerud, who shot a 44.

Milaca’s top finisher in the home nine-hole meet was Bennett Lerud, who shot a 44.

 

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