Central Cass captures first Class B boys’ golf state team title

WAHPETON – With one more opportunity to put forth their best efforts on the links, Class B boys’ golfers from around the state competed in the final day of the 2023 Class B Boys State Golf Tournament on Wednesday at Bois De Sioux Golf Course.

Heading into the day, Central Cass, Oak Grove, and Kindred made up the top three teams following Tuesday’s action. Only one, however, would be able to claim the team title with another strong round.

On the individual side, Aidan Hall of Northern Cass and Zachary St. Aubin of South Border led all golfers with a score of 71 after Tuesday’s play as those two and many more continued to battle to be the medalist of the tournament.

Holding on to capture their first state team title in program history were the Central Cass Squirrels, who shot a 623 during the state tournament to lock up the top spot.

Rounding out the top ten behind Central Cass was Oak Grove (656), Bottineau (656), Shiloh Christian (670), Kindred (671), Dickinson Trinity (677), Grafton (684), North Border (709), Beulah (715), and Lisbon (716).

Ending their state tournament in 15th place as a team were the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers, who shot a 750 across both days. Eli Miller led the way with a total score of 174, followed by a 178 from John Renaud, a 196 from Zane Bjerklie, a 202 from Carter Eide, a 216 from Shad Wahus, and a 217 from Kaiden Vigen.

The Our Redeemer’s Knights placed 13th overall with their team score of 739. Bryce Vibeto shot a 182 to lead the way, followed by Oliver Thompson who shot a 183, Collin Swenson who shot a 188, Payten Lindbo who shot a 193, Ashton Roedocker who shot a 199, and Ethan Brown who shot a 214.

Falling just outside of the top ten were the Rugby Panthers, who shot a 717 as a team to finish in 11th place. Bryce Zietz shot a 178 to lead the team, followed by a 180 from Kiefer Fritz, a 182 from Bryce Jacobs, Jackson Brossart, and Bailey Zachmeier, and a 205 from Lucas Wentz.

Making a big jump on day two of the tournament was Bottineau, as they entered Wednesday sixth overall as a team, and finished the tournament in third place after shooting a 656 between both days.

Bottineau was led by Max Palmer, who shot a combined 153, followed by Colton Getzlaff who shot a 156, Alex Lorenz who shot a 167, Nicholas Barbot and Breckin Bohl who shot a 182, and Connor Radtke who shot a 183. Palmer’s score of 74 on day two was the second-best individual score, while Getzlaff’s 79 was the ninth best score of the day.

Taking home the medalist honors and an individual state title was Aidan Hall of Northern Cass, who shot a 148 to narrowly edge out Karsen Kulseth of Bowman County who shot a 149.

Cole Holzer of Central Cass (150), Zachary St. Aubin of South Border (150), Max Palmer of Bottineau (153), Joseph Kramlich of Edgeley-Kulm (154), Marcus Biffert of Central Cass (155), Colton Getzlaff of Bottineau (156), Jay Wanzek of Shiloh Christian (156), Carson Brown of North Border (156), Hunter Bindas of Kindred (158), Ian Oberlander of Central Cass (159), Champ Hettich of Beulah (159), Myles Jorde of North Star (160), and Rider Schmidt of Lakota (160) made up the top 15 individual scores from both days.

Those who finished in the top ten earned All-State honors. In addition to the top 15 above, there were a variety of local golfers who put together a successful two days at the state tournament.

Jordan Anderson of Glenburn shot a combined 164 to finish 20th overall among individual golfers. Gage Olson of South Prairie finished 37th overall by shooting a 172. Jett Lundeen of Bishop Ryan finished the tournament with a score of 172, which placed Lundeen 39th overall. Ethan Hanson of Nedrose wrapped up his tournament by shooting a 176, which gave Hanson a spot at 52nd among individual golfers. Jack Zimmer of Kenmare placed 78th overall by shooting a combined 185 in the tournament. Brody Nordmark of Westhope-Newburg shot a 188, which placed Nordmark at 86th overall.

With the conclusion of the state tournament comes the end of the season for the Class B boys’ golfers. Congratulations to everyone who put together a wonderful year.


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