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Perham sneaks into Section 8AA Championships

Perham's Ben Nelson chips onto the green during the South Subsection 8AA Championships at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids. Jason Groth/FOCUS

It was a struggle for the Perham boys golf team, but they snuck into the Section 8AA Championships with a third place finish at the South Subsection 8AA Championships at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids.

The Heart O’Lakes Conference Champions did not have their best day on the course, yet fought their way into the Section 8AA Championships by the narrowest of margins. The Yellowjackets advanced by two strokes when they finished third, ahead of HOL runner-up, Hawley. The Yellowjackets finished the day with a score of 336, while Fergus Falls was second with a round of 332. Detroit Lakes came in first place, finishing the day with a 317.

Hawley’s Satchel Tickel was the medalist. He finished with a 76, earning top honors on the day. Detroit Lakes’ Ryan Paskey came in second, finishing with a 77. Carter Justesen, Ben Unruh and Adam Tonsfeldt rounded out the top five.

The Lakers, Otters and Yellowjackets will be joined by Crookston, Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks in the Section 8AA Championships. Crookston won the North half of the section, finishing with a 325 on the course in Thief River Falls.

Ben Nelson was the top Yellowjacket finisher. He finished seventh overall, finishing the day with an 80.

Isaac Guck closed out with an 81 for the Yellowjackets. Charlie Rasmussen finished with an 85. Marcus Belka came into the clubhouse with a round of 90. Philip Guck finished the tournament, carding a score of 98. Leighton Rach finished the day with a 137.

The Yellowjackets will compete at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on June 5 and 6 in the Section 8AA Championships.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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