RICE — After a cold, miserable morning 18, the threesome of Tommy Olson, Aaron Rich and Thomas Stoxen rebounded with 78s for tri-medalist honors that led to the Brainerd Warriors 17-stroke victory in Monday’s Central Lakes Conference meet at Oak Hill Golf Course.
TJ Perpich shot an 80, but incurred a four-stroke penalty for having too many clubs in his bag. His 84 still helped Brainerd to a conference opening 318.
The Warriors played 18-holes Monday morning at the TPC Golf Course in Blaine for the Blaine Invite. The team then rushed the hour and 20 minutes to Oak Hill. The players were rushed off to their tee boxes as soon as they arrived to the second course.
“These guys were worn out from the morning round, which was extremely cold and a very difficult course,” said Warriors head coach Brian Wallace. “To come back and to play as well as they did was a phenomenal thing. It was still really cold when we teed off the second time. I think it was 37 degrees at Oak Hill. They got out of the van and got on to carts that took them to their first tee box. They had no warmups after sleeping in the van.”
In the season opener earlier Monday, Stoxen and Rich shot 88s as the Warriors finished 14th in the Blaine Invite at TPC Golf Course. Nik Helland’s 89 was the Warriors’ next-lowest score.
Central Lakes Conference meet
Team scores: 1-Brainerd 318, 2-Fergus Falls 335, 3-Alexandria 336, 4-St. Cloud Tech 340, 5-Willmar 344, 6-Satell 360, 7-Sauk Rapids 365, 8-Rocori 397, 9-St. Cloud Apollo 402
Individual medalist: Tommy Olson (Brd) 78, Aaron Rich (Brd) 78, Thomas Stoxen (Brd) 78
Brainerd results: TJ Perpich 84, Nik Helland 88, Thor Linnerooth 103
Next: Brainerd at Alexandria Invite 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Team scores: 1-Hastings 328, 2-Forest Lake 335, 3-Elk River 338, 4-Andover 340, 5-Centennial 340, 6-Duluth East 344, 7-Armstrong 348, 8-Spring Lake Park 348, 9-Blaine 349, 10-Legacy 351, 11-Cambridge 353, 12-Maple Grove 354, 13-Anoka 355, 14-Brainerd 356, 15-Osseo 361, 16-Totino Grace 367, 17-Coon Rapids 372, 18-Champlin Park 384, 19-Blaine (II) 389, 20-Park Center 393
Brainerd results: Thomas Stoxen 88, Aaron Rich 88, Nik Helland 89, Tommy Olson 91, TJ Perpich 91, Thor Linnerooth 92