Boys golf season preview

Andover
Coach: John Anderson, second season with boys’ program, 10th with Andover golf.
Outlook: The Huskies finished fifth in the Northwest Suburban Conference race last season and will be keyed by seniors AJ Oster, Davis Tollette and Derek Tollette. Look for sophomore Sam Steinwand to contribute as well. Anderson believes his group will be among the conference leaders. “In order for the squad to have success, three or four key players have to perform and we need two others to step up,” Anderson said.
Oster and Davis Tollette return as All-Conference golfers last season. Tollette finished fourth in scoring average for nine holes (37.5) and Oster was eighth (38.5).

Anoka
Coach: Doug Orr, 15th season
Outlook: The Tornadoes were Co-Northwest Suburban Conference champions and placed third in the team section race. The team returns senior Tyler Hong (75.4 scoring average) and Mitch Dorale (78.7) in what should be another successful season for Anoka. Orr said the team will need seniors to step-up and mix with a few surprises from the younger players in order to have a productive spring after graduating four main contributors from last season.
Hong was sixth in conference scoring average (38.38) to collect All-Conference honors of which he was one of four Tornadoes and the only returning honoree.

Blaine
Coach: Kevin Overgaard, sixth season
Outlook: After improving by more than 40 strokes during last season, Blaine coach Kevin Overgaard hopes to see more of that improvement again this spring as many return to the varsity line up. Junior Frank Lundquist carded a team-best 79 scoring average with senior Logan Frank returning wtih a 79.5 stroke average. Sophomore Joe Manthis improved as the season progressed (81 average) to finish fourth in the Section 5AA tournament.
The Bengals finished fifth in a tough Section 5AA tournament, carding a 320 which was a 50 stroke improvement from the start of the season.

Coon Rapids
Coach: Larry Overskei (36th season)
Outlook: The Cardinals finished eighth in the Northwest Suburban Conference and return four letterwinners including captains Sam Dulian and Derrick Ernst.

Legacy Christian Academy
Coach: Mark Yaeger
Outlook: The Lions will once again be led by senior Andrew Peterson who is coming off a 10th-place finish in the Class A state meet.

Spring Lake Park
Coach: Will Wackman
Outlook:The North Suburban Conference runners-up (and fifth-place team from sections) returns much of its top scorers including senior captains Nick Auman and Brandon Jones along with All-Conference members junior Charlie Glasser and sophomore Jack Hiemenz. Jones is a two-time All-Conference honoree while Auman returns as a three-time All-Conference team member and tied for 36th place at the Class AAA State Tournament.

Spring Lake Park's Nick Auman

Spring Lake Park's Nick Auman

Wackman, who is in his seventh season with the Panthers said the team will need to find consistent contributors at the fifth and sixth varsity positions. Look for sophomores Nick Turnquist, Tanner Ylvisaker and Brett Bolf to step into those roles on the varsity team.
Auman and Jones also served as captains on the hockey team in addition to being consistent contributors on the golf course over the last four seasons. “We hope their leadership allows us to once again contend for a [conference] championship,” Wackman said, as the last time Spring Lake Park won a conference title was when Troy Merritt was part of the team. He is a member of the Nationwide Tour and past PGA Tour member.

St. Francis
Coach: Ryan Hauge
Outlook: The Saints look to improve on a sixth-place finish in the North Suburban Conference with the likes of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Totino-Grace and Spring Lake Park. The section race doesn’t get any easier with perennial strong programs like Forest Lake and Grand Rapids at the top.
St. Francis will be anchored by a strong junior class including Brett Aldrich (82 scoring average) who was the lone All-Conference selection.
Hauge said about Aldrich’s game: “Brett is very naturally talented, has a great understanding of his swing and has the ability to go low each time he plays.”
Andrew Cullen and Mitch Zebro each averaged 85 strokes while Cullen earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“Andrew has a great golf swing and is very even keeled emotionally, not getting too high or too low,” Hauge said. “Mitch plays a lot of golf and has improved each year he has been out since his eighth grade year.”
The Saints moved to a new home course at The Refuge this spring.

Compiled by Jason Olson

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