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Boys Golf: Perham runners-up to Hawley at HOL Championship

Perham's Nick Kalina was the HOL Championship Medalist with a low round of 80 on Tuesday. Robert Williams/FOCUS

DETROIT LAKES — Perham’s Nick Kalina shot a low round of 80 to take Medalist honors at the Heart O’ Lakes Conference Championship at Wildflower Golf Course Tuesday, but it was not enough to keep Hawley from sweeping the HOL, defeating Perham by 10 strokes for the title.

The Nuggets carded a team score of 328 to 338 from the Yellowjackets, thanks to four golfers finishing in the top six. Nick Carpenter tied Kalina with an 80; Cody and Andrew Cook both shot 82 for fourth and fifth place; Cody Curry was sixth with an 84.

Jordan Bruns of West Central Area was third with an 81.

Kalina led all year and was joined by four other Perham golfers finishing in the top 15 in season scoring average to earn All-Conference honors. Kalina was third in the HOL, Nick Bahls fifth, Blake Kunza sixth, Matt Hanson eighth and Brandon Olson 14th.

Bahls and Olson were second on the team Tuesday shooting 85. Hanson shot an 88. Kunza and Nate Bormann both shot 89.

Wildflower plays host to the 8AA Subsection meet Wednesday, May 29, followed by the Section 8AA championship meet at at Long Bow, in Walker, June 3.

HOL golfers battled gusting winds and consistent rainfall during the whole of Tuesday’s meet. The 10-day forecast for Subsections on May 29 are for temps in the mid-70’s and clouds, with a wind around 14 mph, which should allot for lower tallies. Wildflower is tough enough on a nice day; in the slop it provides plenty of difficulties.

Heart O’ Lakes Conference Championship

Wildflower Golf Course, Detroit Lakes

Tuesday, May 21

Team Results: 1. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 328, 2. Perham 338, 3. Barnesville 355, 4. West Central Area 373, 5. D-G-F 390, 6. Frazee 411, 7. Breckenridge 432, 8. Pelican Rapids 436.

Individual HOL scores1. Nick Kalina (P) 80 (Medalist), 2. Nick Carpenter (HUH) 80, 3. Jordan Bruns (WCA) 81, 4. Cody Cook (HUH) 82, 5. Andrew Cook (HUH) 82, 6. Cody Curry (HUH) 84

Perham scores: Nick Kalina 80, Nick Bahls 85, Brandon Olson 85, Matt Hanson 88, Blake Kunza 89, Nate Bormann 89.

HOL Conference Standings (FINAL)

1. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 9, 2. Perham 17, 3. Barnesville 27, 4. Frazee 48, 5. D-G-F 50, 6. West Central Area 52, 7. Breckenridge 53, 8. Pelican Rapids 66

Perham’s All-Conference golfers: Nick Kalina  No. 3; Nick Bahls No. 5; Blake Kunza No. 6; Matt Hanson No. 8; Brandon Olson No. 14.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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