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Spartans swing to victory in first event of 2013

Published 9:35am Thursday, August 29, 2013 Updated 11:37am Thursday, August 29, 2013

The M State Fergus Falls boys golf team traveled to the University of Jamestown for their first event of the year, taking first place with a score of 299. The tournament featured seven teams, which included three four-year colleges.

Bismark State College came in second place, three shots back from M State with a score of 302. The home team from th University of Jamestown finished third with a score of 303.

Individually, the Spartans took the top two positions in the tournament. West Fargo native Jared Crowden took home the first place medal with a score of 71.

Following in a tie for second place was Brandon Sletmoen, who shot an even-par score of 72.

Rob Goff finished in the top 20 tied for 15th with a score of 77 and teammate Jordan Larson shot a 79. On the second team, Brady Robertson put together a solid outing, shooting a two-over-par 74.

“It was a very encouraging start for our team today,” said Spartan head coach Jason Retzlaff. “We did something different and started out the season playing in a tournament with some four year colleges knowing the competition would be steep.”

The Spartans finished with five players in the 70s. Eight out of the nine players on the squad shot 82 or under.

“To come out on top made it a great day,” Retzlaff said. “We felt depth would be a strength of this team and it was a key factor today.”

On the womens side of the competition, Spartan Kari Larson shot a 107 to finish 12th out of 20 golfers.

The Spartans are on the road for their next event at The Legend and Quarry at Giant’s Ridge, a tournament hosted by Mesabi Range College on Sept. 8 and 9.

As the team looks to grow and improve their skill, Retzlaff said the team will continue to see difficult teams at each event they participate in.

“Our next tournament will be a great test for us heading up north playing The Quarry and Legend Courses at Giant’s Ridge,” Retzlaff said. “They are two of the best, but also most difficult courses in the state so I’m looking forward to seeing how we play there.”

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