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Tom Mix and Chris Murphy / The Forum, Published April 13 2014

Metro high school golf preview capsules

BOYS

Moorhead

Coach: Eric Tollefson (10th year).

Last season: Fourth place in Class 3A, Section 8.

Who’s gone: Tyler Olsgaard.

Key returners: Dane Sethre-Hofstad, Jr., (state qualifier in 2013); Landon Olson, Jr.; Derek Ambrosie, Sr.; Nick Paulson, Sr.; Cal Werth, Sr.

Coach’s comments: “(Class 3A, Section 8) will likely be highly competitive in 2014, as many teams will return loaded with veteran players. This list includes Alexandria, Brainerd, Buffalo, St. Cloud Tech, Sartell-St. Stephen, Willmar, and Moorhead. To come out on top and return to the state tournament, the Spuds will have to put together two sold days of competition.”

Moorhead Park Christian

Coach: .Brett Harmelink (fourth year)

Last season: Qualified one individual for the state tournament.

Who’s gone: No one.

Key returners: Gage Stromme, Jr. (placed 33rd at the state tournament); Duncan Hannestad, Sr.; Jared Olsgaard, Sr.; Bryce Payne, Jr.; Noah Moberg, Jr.; Jordan Kerr, So.

Coach’s comments: “We are returning everyone from last season, which should give us confidence going into this year. The boys have put in a lot of work in the offseason and we are looking forward to a great year.”

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

Coach: Mike Clark (ninth year).

Last season: Finished fifth in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference.

Who’s gone: Tyler Schumann.

Key returners: Mason Bjerke, Sr.; Michael Cook, Sr.; Travis Kuhn, Jr.; Alex Ochoa, Jr.; Dalton Roll, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “Mason Bjerke and Michael Cook will lead the team this year and provide some much-needed experience and consistency. We also have a few juniors who have meet experience, but a majority of our roster will be very young and inexperienced. It will be a rebuilding year, but I’m excited about the number of younger players we have. It should provide for a stable and bright future.”

Fargo Davies

Coach: Adam Gronaas (first year).

Last year’s finish: Fourth at Class A state meet, East Region champions.

Who’s gone: Aaron Pallen, Tucker Windels, Trevor Swangler.

Key returners: Bryan Pallen, Sr.; Tanner Kretchman, Sr.; Sam Hendricks, Jr.; Max Restemayer, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “Having four of our top players from last year’s team returning should be a big advantage for us. Those players have a lot of experience playing on the varsity and we also have a few guys that will be able to step up and fill those last two spots in our lineup. We won the East Region team championship last season, and we are hoping some of that success carries over into this season.”

Fargo North

Coach: Ray Callaghan (33rd year).

Last year’s finish: Seventh place at East Region tournament.

Who’s gone: Austen Strom, Sawyer Jaeger, Stephen Espel.

Key returners: Hunter Halvorson, Sr.; Zach Sklebar, Sr.; Grayson Klein, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “We have a good group of kids and once the courses dry up a bit, we will find out exactly where we are at. I feel confident about our top three players, but we will have to find out who will fill out the final three spots in our lineup.”

Fargo South

Coach: Josh Dunnell (fourth year).

Last year’s finish: Ninth place at East Region tournament.

Who’s gone: Alex Hagen.

Key returners: Chase Fliginger, Sr.; T.J. Rostad, Sr.; Logan Rhode, Jr.; Cooper Opheim, Fr.; Jack Magness, Fr.; Reiley Donahue, Sr.; Alex Brant, Jr.; Logan Bjore, Fr.; Devin Gilbertson, Fr.

Coach’s comments: “We have a really fun group and I think we’ll be improved from last season. We should get better each tournament and that is what I’m looking forward to.”

Fargo Shanley

Coach: Don Johnson 30th year).

Last year’s finish: Second place at Class A state meet.

Who’s gone: Michael Storandt; Grady Meyer; Ben Wolbaum.

Key returners: Tyler Bossart, Jr.; Pat Traynor, Soph.; Lucas Johnson, Fr.; Jack Olson, Soph.

Coach’s comments: “We are going to be a young squad, but we’ll be all right. A few of the younger golfers got some varsity experience last year, but our main focus will be finding out who will fill the fifth and sixth spots in our varsity lineup.”

Fargo Oak Grove

Coach: Jon Erickson (14th year).

Last year’s finish: Seventh place at Class B state meet .

Who’s gone: Ben Goehring, Sr.

Key returners: Nick Card, Sr.; Coulton Dangerfield, Sr.; Carter Kretchman, Jr.; C.J. Johnson, Sr.; Cole Hill, Jr.; Brody Davidson, Soph.; Jackson Adams, Fr.; Alex Fairfield, Sr.; Bryce Bakkegard, Fr.

Coach’s comments: “Five of our six varsity players are back, so we’ll have a lot of experience. We are looking to continue the tradition of Oak Grove boys golf and one of the things that will motivate this group is our seventh-place finish at state a year ago. We want to improve on that finish.”

West Fargo

Co-coaches: Chuck Gad (38th year) and Dan Wolf (first year).

Last year’s finish: Seventh place at Class A state meet.

Who’s gone: Todd Dent, Tyler Crouse, Chase Pulczinski.

Key returners: Riley Johnson, Sr.; Cole Johnson, Fr.; Nathan Kapaun, Sr.; Drew Conzemius, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “We have a good bunch of freshmen and sophomores, but it is just so hard to tell how they will perform this year. If we get two or three from that group to step up, we should be in really good shape. This year, we would like to get back to the state tournament and place in the top five. We are optimistic.”

GIRLS

Moorhead Park Christian

Coach: Dan Doeden (first year.)

Last season: This is the first year for the girls golf program at Park Christian.

Who’s gone: No one.

Key returners: No one.

Coach’s comments: “We will have a young squad in 2014; five 7th-graders and one freshman. What we lack in experience will be made up with hard work. These girls have the opportunity to build the PCS golf program from the ground up, and I can’t wait to watch them develop as players. The future is bright at PCS.”

Moorhead

Coach: Karin Schumacher (9th year).

Last season: Finished in bottom half of the section.

Who’s gone: No one.

Key returners: Mandy Boyle, Jr.; Megan MacFarlane, So.; Allison Overby, Jr.; Madi Brenamen, Jr.; Kaydee Amundson, So.; Claire Farwell, So.

Coach’s comments: “All six of our section kids are back and we have some newcomers that will challenge them. I think this will be the best team I’ve had since my first year in 2006. To me, the thing that excited me the most is they did a lot of golfing during the summer and that’s always been our hardest challenge. That’s where you’re going to improve.”

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

Coach: Matt Endreson (6th year)

Who’s gone: No one.

Key returners: Devinne Anderson; Jordal Hanson; McCall Grosz.

Coach’s comments: “We have many girls coming back to swing the club this year. We continue to strive to improve and gain confidence on the course. Other returning girls such as Adreana Molina, Ashley Osbjornson, Emily Opatril will continue to add to our team. We also have a group of new golfers coming that are very excited to get out and learn.”

Fargo Oak Grove

Coach: Dan Martinson (seventh year)

Last year’s finish: Sixth at Class B state meet

Who’s gone: Alexis Martinson, Sr.

Key returners: Jordan Cain, Sr.; Taylor Lang, Sr.; Courtney Martinson, Soph.; Amber Muir, Fr.; Lauren Cain, eighth grade.

Coach’s comments: “The returners all have a few years of playing experience. If we can find some consistency we will be fine.”