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Red Wing's John Wedrickas watches a chip shot drop on the green on hole No. 18 at Red Wing Golf Club during Thursday's home triangular. Wedrickas tied teammate Zach Sachen for medalist honors after shooting a 77. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Boys Golf: Red Wing gets by Farmington, Northfield

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Even if things aren’t going right on the course, the Red Wing boys golf coaches drive home the point: don’t give up on your round.


“Our goal is we’re not going to quit,” said Wingers’ assistant coach Kris Hager. “We’re going to play ‘til the 18th hole and it is what it is.”

And led by rounds of 77 by senior co-medalists Zach Sachen and John Wedrickas, Red Wing won its home triangular at the Red Wing Golf Club, beating Missota Conference rivals Farmington and Northfield. The Wingers walked away with a team score of 320, beating the Tigers’ 335 and the Raiders’ 354.

“We kind of needed this because we haven’t really played well as of late,” Hager said. “We got a couple kids to shoot 77 in not-perfect conditions. Zach and Johnny did well.”

Early on for Wedrickas, Thursday’s round looked like it would be a disaster as he was five-over par on his first four holes.

“After that, I was pretty angry with myself,” he said.

But after getting a chance to calm down, Wedrickas’ putter provided the kind of spark he needed. After shooting a 41 on the front nine, he carded a one-over 36 on the final nine holes to put himself in a tie for first with Sachen.

“After I calmed myself down, I ended up taking 12 pars in my last 14 holes,” Wedrickas said. “I was putting really well. Twenty-eight putts on 18 holes.”

Wedrickas added, “It was crazy, honestly. I got to the green and I had so much confidence, it was like, ‘OK, I’ll go make this one.’ All my confidence was built up and I believed in myself on the green, which I haven’t been able to do the whole year.”

While Wedrickas recovered on the back nine, Sachen was strong on the front half, carding a 37-40—77.

Apart from Sachen, the Wingers’ varsity played better on the back nine. Cole Siewert had a 43-39—82, which tied for fourth overall, and Cecil Belisle put together a 42-42—84. Fritz Belisle carded a 47-39—86, and Andrew Petterson finished with 47-46—93.

Siewert and Cecil Belisle’s rounds stood out for Red Wing.

“We had a couple of JV kids that have played well in Cecil and Cole; they played JV and had two of the top scores. They play varsity today and they did pretty well, and that’s big,” Hager said.

Farmington was led by Lucas Berg’s third-place round of 40-39—79, and Jake Jensen tied with Siewert for fourth with 42-40—82. Northfield’s top scorer was JP Knutson, who carded a 43-43—86.

On Friday, all three teams are teeing off again for a Missota Conference meet at Southern Hills Golf Course in Farmington.

Joe Brown
Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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