Brainerd's Tyler Monda shot a 2-over-par 74 to win the Apollo Invite Monday and land the Warrior boys' golf team in second at the Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud.
It's the second straight victory for the senior, who carded three bogeys, one birdie and 14 pars.
"I finally found out how to golf," Monda said with a laugh. "I logged on to E-Bay and bought a new golf game. I don't know what happened, but I'm hitting the ball well."
And consistently. Monda shot nines of 37-37 to tie Chris Tobkin of New London-Spicer after 18 holes. Monda won the tournament in a playoff.
"My short game, and especially my putting, were very good," said Monda. "My driver wasn't as consistent as it was last Thursday, but I didn't hit too many bad shots. When I did hit a bad shot I was able to recover."
Tyler Monda shot a 74 for the win.
Sean Halverson carded a 77. Michael Foley shot 82 and Ethan Sweet 87 for Brainerd's 320. Fergus Falls won with a 313. The Staples-Motley Cardinals tied Minnewaska for eighth with a 339 and Little Falls shot 357 for 12th.
The tournament was delayed two hours because of cold temperatures. Monda said he wore gloves, a heavy winter hat and a sweater. He said the cold didn't bother him as much as the wind.
But not even the wind could hold down Monda's confidence.
"These last two tournaments have really helped my confidence," he said. "I went to the driving range (Sunday) and hit some golf balls and I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I was last week. That made me a little nervous, but I started out well on the first hole and that gave me confidence for the other 17."
Izaak Berglund carded a 79 to lead the Flyers.
Zach Israelson shot 82 and Josh Ulring 83 for the Cardinals.
Team scores - Fergus Falls 313, 2-Brainerd 320, 3-St. Cloud Cathedral 323, 4t-Sartell 328, 4t-Sauk Rapids 328, 6-Milaca 331, 7-St. Cloud Tech 335, 8t-Staples-Motley 339, 8t-Minnewaska 339, 10-New London-Spicer 343, 11-St. Cloud Apollo 352, 12-Little Falls 357, 13-Albany 360, 14-Osakis 397, 15-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 433
Individual medalist - Tyler Monda (Brd) 74
Brainerd results - Sean Halverson 77, Michael Foley 82, Ethan Sweet 87, Michael Monda 91, Jackson Ronnei 92
Little Falls results - Izaak Berglund 79, Ethan Mustonen 89, Aaron Johnson 90, Sam Klinker 99, Alex Scott 100, Nick Andringa 106
Staples-Motley results - Zach Israelson 82, Josh Ulring 83, Nick Forsberg 85, Michael Strain 89, Ben Duhn 93, Travis Myers 99
Next meet - Brainerd hosts Brainerd Invite at Grand View Lodge's Pines Golf Course in Nisswa Wednesday.
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