On the boys’ side, Kingsland took on Pebble Creek Golf in Becker. The state meet probably won. Brent Kohn’s Knights came in as the 7th highest scoring team at sections. They had their work cut out for them to make it a great experience. Kingsland couldn’t keep up with their section pace. Third time state entrant, senior Simon Broadwater, stayed in the neighborhood of his most previous work at Becker last year (165 > tied for 16th place). Broadwater was the Knights top golfer, going 43, 43, 42, and 41 for a two-day 169. He tied for 32nd place of 85 golfers. The field was better this year than last, as 17 golfers notched under 160 scores. Only eight did so last year. Sleepy Eye United’s Ben Laffen (34, 37, 36, 37 > 144) topped Section 1A champion Khrystjan Petersen (32, 36, 36, 41 > 145) of Faribault B.A. for the individual state championship. Laffen led Sleepy Eye (641) to a share of the Class-A team title with Mounds Park Academy (641). Kingsland (765), in its first ever state meet as team double-K, finished in 8th place (of 8). The Knights other four golfers, Wyatt Pruter (44, 49, 55, 39 > 187), Nick Wernimont (49, 50, 54, 47 > 200), Nathan Lund (47, 58, 56, 54 > 215), and Gregg Hubka (50, 75, 52, 51 > 228) all finished in the bottom third of the field. The Knights as a team were 70 strokes better at the Section 1A meet, when they posted a 695. Broadwater was 11 strokes better (158), Pruter 23 strokes better (164), Wernimont 19 strokes better (181), and Lund 23 strokes better (192). A 695 at state would’ve put them in fifth place.
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