Zack Lundbohm finished the 2003 boys' golf season with a flourish, qualifying for the Class 2A state golf tournament and placing 58th.
This spring Lundbohm appears to have put his game together at midseason rather than in the postseason. He earned medalist honors at Monday's Central Lakes Conference meet at St. Cloud Country Club, becoming Brainerd's first medalist in a CLC meet since Ben House on May 11, 2001.
"I hit the ball very solid, everything was constant," Lundbohm said. "I hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation so I didn't have to do much up and down. I hit a lot of good wedge shots and a lot of my irons were very straight."
Lundbohm's 72 helped the Warriors to first place, their first team title in a conference meet since April 27, 1998, at Willmar.
Warriors coach Brian Wallace said the victory at the challenging St. Cloud Country Club course should boost Brainerd's hopes. The Warriors shot 306, seven shots fewer than runners-up St. Cloud Tech and Alexandria.
"Going into (Monday) I knew we've had this potential all year," Wallace said. "I've told (the team) that over and over. Going into that course I knew it would be a real test. My expectations for the day were not where we wound up. That course can beat you up. To come in with a 306 team score just blew me away."
In 14 rounds this season, Lundbohm has averaged 81. In his last six meets, however, Lundbohm has discovered his game, averaging 77.2.
Weight: 160 pounds
Other sports: Hockey
Memorable sports achievement: Playing in 2003 Class 2A state golf tournament
Grade-point average: 3.7
Favorite subject: Chemistry
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite TV show: The Simpsons
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing
Parents: Deb and Orv Lundbohm
"Last year Zack didn't come on until the end," Wallace said. "He's getting an early start this year. I think it comes down to the fact that Zack, like our other players, is hitting the ball well. What it comes down to is confidence and your short game, and putting is so crucial. It you keep it between 30 and 35 putts a round you will score well.
"Zack hits the ball well. He gets from tee to green well. His short game has made a difference."
Lundbohm said simply practicing has made the difference lately.
"I've been improving all year," he said. "Now, I'm beginning to peak. I'm becoming more consistent.
"I started off a little rocky. Now I'm beginning to get where I want to be. I hope I can be this consistent until the end of the year."
Lundbohm has the perfect personality for a golfer. He doesn't get overly excited and doesn't get too down on himself.
"Zack's on a pretty even keel as far as his demeanor goes," Wallace said. "A lot of kids you can tell when you see them on the course, just by their body language, how they're playing. Zack's not like that. It's very hard to read whether he's doing well or doing poor. That's kind of an interesting way to go about golf. You've got to have control of those emotions.
"For Zack to play that well (Monday) on a course that has length, out of bounds, hazards, it's one of the hardest we play. For him to play that well was an incredible accomplishment."
Lundbohm hopes to add another trip to state in June to this season's list of accomplishments.
"There's probably a little pressure," Lundbohm said of being a returning state entrant. "But I want to do it again. There's also more confidence, knowing I can do it. That's my goal when the section comes."
Other notable efforts:
Tommy Boyer, boys' golf, was medalist in the Patriot/Ranger Invitational.
Justin Grunewald, boys' track and field, won the 1600-meter run with a school-record time of 4:20.48 at the Hamline Relays.
Maria Swanson, girls' track and field, won the shot put with a school-record distance of 42-8 at the Hamline Relays.
Lindsey Jourdan, softball, was 3-for-3 against Little Falls.
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