Staples-Motley’s Nick Forsberg shaved three strokes off his first-round score but still had to settle for second place in the final round of the Pequot Lakes Invite at the Preserve on Wednesday.
Forsberg, who shot 77 in Tuesday’s first round at the Pines, carded a 74 on Wednesday but Hermantown’s Tray Sundbom shot a 70 Wednesday after a 79 Tuesday to grab medalist honors at 149.
“I felt like my putting was better today,” Forsberg said. “(Tuesday) was kind of a struggle. I could have been quite a few strokes lower but that’s golf, I guess.”
Forsberg’s teammate, Michael Strain, finished sixth with a 156. He shot 79 the first day, 77 on Wednesday, as the Cardinals placed sixth as a team.
Brainerd, which placed 11th, was led by Will Feyder’s 168.
“It just shows how young and inexperienced we are with playing the game,” Warriors coach Brian Wallace said of his team’s 696 total. “Our team is in a serious rebuilding mode. We look forward to hopefully seeing improvement the rest of this year.”
Pequot Lakes, led by Alex Goerges’ 82-82-164, was the highest area finisher, other than Staples-Motley, in ninth place.
“We got some good scores from our young guys,” Patriots coach Steve Stoxen said. “I was surprised by the play of our young kids, and Goerges is always steady. He’s just been solid the last two years. If I can get my veterans to come around with their short games we should be in good shape.”
The tournament started almost two hours late Wednesday because of frost on the course.
“We waited for the frost to get out,” Stoxen said. “It went well once the weather cooperated. We lucked out. We were supposed to get a bunch of snow.”
Forsberg thought the conditions were “pretty good.”
“They were a lot better than I thought they would be,” he said. “The sun actually came out for about nine holes. It wasn’t too windy, it was good golf conditions for this early in the year.”
Other leading scores by area individuals included James Cragun, Crosby-Ironton, 178; Dustin Herold, Pierz, 175; Saul Sasse, Pine River-Backus, 185; and Tyler Fix, Wadena-Deer Creek, 171.
Team scores: 1-Hermantown 622, 2-Detroit Lakes 634, 3-Roseau 636, 4-Duluth East 648, 5-Grand Rapids 649, 6-Staples-Motley 652, 7-Crookston 660, 8-Bemidji 673, 9-Pequot Lakes 679, 10-East Grand Forks 692, 11-Brainerd 696, 12-Wadena-Deer Creek 719, 13-Crosby-Ironton 726, 14-Park Rapids 746, 15-Pine River-Backus 760, 16-Esko 765, 17-Pierz 766
Medalist: Tray Sundbom (Hermantown) 79-70-149
Brainerd results: Will Feyder 87-81-168, Nik Helland 87-88-175, Zach Meyer 95-93-188, Alex Hill 96-97-193, Jake Ellingson 104-97-201, Thomas Stoxen 82
Crosby-Ironton results: James Cragun 92-86-178, Andy Sorben 95-88-183, Mitch Gutzman 90-93-183, Johnny Melenich 100-87-187, Tom Burgstaler 95-95-190, Gage Hartman 109-110-219
Pierz results: Dustin Herold 91-84-175, Brandon Meyer 89-106-195, Nick Gangl 101-96-197, Evan Woitalla 107-95-202, Mike Meyer 107-103-210, Kyle Fuhrman 116-119-235
Pine River-Backus results: Saul Sasse 91-94-185, Cody Mager 96-89-185, Brandon Mager 103-89-192, Adam Barstow 103-96-199, Jace Loge 102-97-199, Austin Stockman 112-114-226
Pequot Lakes results: Alex Goerges 82-82-164, Levi Espeseth 85-87-172, Cole Bliss 93-83-176, Kevin Beltz 86-92-178, Nevin Greer 89-91-180, Bradley Boldt 101-85-186
Staples-Motley results: Nick Forsberg 77-74-151, Michael Strain 79-77-156, Andrew Israelson 89-85-174, Mitch Hagenson 92-85-177, Trent Hagenson 86-99-185, Dakota Waverek 100-95-195
Wadena-Deer Creek results: Tyler Fix 90-81-171, Michael Wing 91-85-176, Bryan Silvers 97-81-178, Nick Letourneau 99-98-197, Jacob Goeden 102-97-199, Duke Harrison 105-95-200
Next: Brainerd at Alexandria Invite 9 a.m. Thursday.