Boys golf: Glorvigen secures top 5 finish, Jackets finish 4th at home conference meet
The Perham boys golf team had only two of six golfers break 90 against some familiar foes at Lakeside Country Cub on May 15.
PERHAM – Mother Nature kept the skies clear and the sun glistening as the Perham boys golf team hosted a Heart of Lakes Conference meet at Lakeside Country Club on May 15.
The Yellowjackets finished fourth with 356 team points and had a couple of their star golfers finish in the top 15. Hawley took first place with a team score of 330. Second-place Barnesville ended the day with 352 team points.
Perham’s head coach Peder Butenhoff hoped that the home course advantage would be a great opportunity for his team to showcase their skills in front of conference opponents.
“We are in the heart of the conference,” he said. “We have our conference meet today and one more before the big conference tournament next Monday at Wildflower. We are in the heart of the season when guys are playing their best golf. I am excited to see where our guys are at. We have been climbing slowly and getting better with each meet. I hope today that they post some good scores on their home course.”
Junior Brayden Glorvigen finished with the top Perham score of 83 and placed fifth. Glorvigen has been the steady leader on the team for most of the season.
“Brayden (Glorvigen) came into the season as our No.1 golfer,” Butenhoff said. “He went to sections as freshman and sophomore and now he’s a junior. I suspected he has a good chance of going to sections again. He hasn’t played to his full potential. Brayden finally broke the 80 mark at a meet which is where we thought he would be at the start of the season. I think he is at that point where he is going to shoot in the high to lower 70s on any given day.”
Sophomore Cole Reuter placed 11th with a final score of 88. Senior Ethan Guck and Joshua Kalina failed to break 90 with a final score of 91 and shared 16th place. Tait Bormann completed his round tied for 21st with a final score of 94.
Junior Dylan Ralston placed 28th with a score of 98. Senior Grant Wiser rounded out the Yellowjacket scores with a 100 and a 30th-place finish.
The weather was a major factor in delaying the start of the season. Butenhoff believed that the late start contributed to early season woes.
“The delayed season was a downer with trying to get our swings going and fixing a few things,” he said. “Our top guys in Glorvigen and Guck didn’t start off very well – and shooting rounds they don’t normally shoot. Other guys have picked it up. It hasn’t been a good or bad season and it certainly hasn’t been a disappointment. We had hoped to be near the top at the beginning of the season but I see us finishing things out on a high note.”
With the conference tournament right around the corner, the Yellowjackets are aiming for a top-three finish in the Heart of Lakes Conference.
“Conference-wise we are sitting around third place,” Butenhoff said. “Hawley has a very strong, young team led by junior Jack Justesen who went to state last year. Barnesville is right behind them led by Tate Inniger. We are about tied with Pelican Rapids for third because we haven’t played to our potential. I am hoping these last couple of meets we play to our potential and secure third place in the conference.”
HEART OF LAKES MEET- PERHAM TEAM SCORES- 1- Hawley 330, 2- Barnesville 352, 3- Pelican Rapids 353, 4- Perham 356, 5- Breckenridge 392, 6- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 396, 7- Frazee 411
HEART OF LAKES MEET- PERHAM TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL SCORES- 1st- Jack Justesen (Hawley) 79, T-2nd- Brady Petznick (Pelican Rapids) 80, T-2nd- Dane Hinkle (Hawley) 80, 4th- Dawson Wienbar (Breckenridge) 82, 5th- Brayden Glorvigen (Perham) 83, T-6th- Brayden Aldiner (Hawley) 84, T-6th- Tate Inniger (Barnesville) 84, 8th- Jarett Stetz (Pelican Rapids) 85, 9th- Ayden Hauck (Barnesville) 86, 10th- Cadin Pederson (Hawley) 87