Doose Fires 67, While Simonich Carries Team into Lead at Jr. Team Championship; Hicks Paces Girls' Field
August 12, 2019
By Nick Hunter
OWATONNA, Minn. – Led by 2019 Minnesota State Junior Boys’ champion Ian Simonich, the foursome of Braeden Sladek, Logan Hamak and Grant Rebrovich combined for an opening-round 5-over par 218 Monday to take an early lead at the 59th Minnesota Golf Association Junior Team Championship at Owatonna Country Club.
Carding an even par 71, Simonich paced his team by carding one birdie during his opening nine before playing his final nine holes at 1-over despite rolling in a pair of birdies. Sladek rolled in a late birdie Tuesday to post a round of 2-over 73, while Hamak played his final nine holes to shoot a 3-over 74.
Helped by Monday’s individual leader Carter Doose’s 4-under 67 Monday, the team of Braden Gudahl, Manning Lane and Kendall Nicolai combined for an 8-over 221 and will begin the final round three shots off the lead when the final round begins Tuesday.
Doose posted a bogey-free 67 by rolling in a pair of birdies on each side, including his final two holes Monday to pace the field by three strokes individually. Gudahl got off to a fast start by turning in 3-under, but struggled during his final nine to post a 4-over 75. Lane contributed by carding an 8-over 79, stumbled over the final nine holes as well.
The defending champion team comprised of Gavin Cronkhite, John Langlois, Tim Berger and Kaleb Johnson went wire-to-wire a year ago at Fox Hollow Golf Club, earning a six-stroke victory. The foursome fired a combined total of 222 during the first round of play Monday and will begin Tuesday’s final round in third place, four shots off the lead.
Madi Hicks, who won the Minnesota PGA Girls’ Junior Players Tour Tournament of Champions Friday at St. Cloud Country Club, fired a 7-over 78 Monday to take a slim lead in the individual competition, while helping her foursome of Courtney Wedin, Tricia Hemann and Emily Renner to a nine-stroke lead following the opening round of play.
Individually Wedin will begin the final round one shot off the lead in a tie for second place with Molly Albrecht after the two posted rounds of 8-over 79. Hemann helped her team’s cause Monday by carding a round of 89.
Hicks, Wedin and Hemann were a part of the championship team from last season, coming from behind to earn a four-stroke victory at 16-over 304 at Fox Hollow Golf Club.
Albrecht’s round of 79 helped her team of Taya Kwiatkowski, Francesca Otterson and Trinity Sundbom to a combined total of 24-over 166 Monday as they will begin the second round in second place.
The final round of the 59th MGA Junior Team Championship is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Owatonna Country Club.