PHS Boys Golf: Youngsters lead boys to win in 1st HOL Meet
By John George
Don't overlook the Yellowjacket boys golf team just because they are young. These guys are good.
Last year an eighth grader, Dan Cavanagh qualified for State. This year, an eighth grader, Evan Arvig, was medalist in the team's first Heart O' Lakes Conference meet.
Arvig fired a 37 on the front nine at Tipsinah Mounds G.C. as West Central Area hosted the first conference meet of the season last Thursday. Perham finished first as a team with 162 points, two points ahead of defending HOL champ Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal. Arvig shot a 43 on the back nine for a round of 80 to lead the Jackets. It was Arvig's first ever varsity meet.
Only the front nine scores at WCA counted toward the HOL standings.
Cavanagh, obviously now a freshman for Perham, finished fourth overall with a 40. He had a 41 on the back nine for a round of 81. The team's third best golfer on the day was another freshman, Zach Phelps. He had a 41 on the front and finished with a 18-hole score of 83.
"This is a fun team," head coach Jeff Tweeton said. "The top-four are all solid golfers and we will have a lot of competition to fill the 5-6 spots at each varsity meet. "They all like to play and they are all pretty close."
Perham shot a 166 in their second meet of the season, the HOL at Battle Lake, played at Balmoral G.C., but they finished second to H/U-H by five strokes. D-G-F was third with a 170.
The team played 18 holes, but this time, the back nine counted towards the HOL standings. Zach Phelps finished fourth overall with a 39. Arvig was fifth with a 41. Both had 18-hole scores of 81.
Cavanagh and junior Nick Smith each shot 43's on the back nine and 40's on the front side to finish with 83's.
Mike Hanson of H/U-H was medalist with a 36.
"There's more of a team feeling with these guys," Tweeton said. "Golf is an individual sport and in the past, it seemed like the guys on the team were competing against each other all the time. I get the sense that these guys know they are competing against the course, and they can help each other get lower scores. They pull for everyone else."
Perham was supposed to get a look at the course that will host the section tournament next month as they were scheduled to play at the W-H-A Invitational at Longbow G.C. in Walker on Tuesday. The problem was, the event was actually played on Monday.
"How we screwed that up, I don't know," Tweeton said. "First time in all the years I have been coaching here something like that has happened."
The Perham boys will play at The Legacy G.C. in Staples on Saturday, April 25. The 18-hole invite will tee-off at 9 a.m. The Jackets return to HOL action April 27 at Pelican Rapids starting at 5 p.m.
Perham will play in the 18-hole D-G-F Invitational on April 28 starting at 9 a.m. Nine holes will serve as the HOL event hosted by the Rebels. The Jackets will play closer to home on April 30 in the HOL at Lake Park-Audubon, played at Forrest Hills G.C. outside of Detroit Lakes. Tee time will be 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 16
HOL at West Central Area
Boys Team Scores
1. Perham 162, 2. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 164, 3. Barnesville 172, 4. Battle Lake 174, 5. D-G-F 176, 6. Pelican Rapids 178, 7. Frazee 194, 8. WCA 198, 9. Breckenridge 203, 10. Lake Park-Audubon 220.
Medalist: Evan Arvig (P) 37 (80).
Perham Individuals: 4. Dan Cavanagh 40 (81), Zach Phelps 41 (83), Nate Sullivan 44 (86), Cory Dykhoff 44 (87), Nick Smith 44 (88).
Monday, April 20
HOL at Battle Lake
Boys Team Scores
1. H/U-H 161, 2. Perham 166, 3. D-G-F 170, 4. Barnesville 173, 5. Pelican Rapids 181, 6. Battle Lake 182, 7. Frazee 190, T-8. LP-A, Breckenridge 203, 10. WCA 220.
Medalist: Mike Hanson (HUH) 36.
Perham Individuals: 4. Z. Phelps 39 (81), 5. Arvig 41 (81), Cavanagh 43 (83), Alex Phelps 43 (88), Smith 43 (83), Dykhoff 47 (88).
(Both events were 18-hole meets. At WCA, the front 9 counted as the HOL event. At Battle Lake, the back 9 was the HOL event.)