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NW golfers start strong

David Colburn
Posted 5/5/21

FIELD TWP- The members of the North Woods boys golf team had high expectations going into the 2021 season, and so far they’ve delivered, both as a team and individually.The Grizzlies opened the …

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FIELD TWP- The members of the North Woods boys golf team had high expectations going into the 2021 season, and so far they’ve delivered, both as a team and individually.
The Grizzlies opened the season on April 21 by winning a five-team tourney in Virginia, with Ian Olson taking top medalist honors with a 1-over-par round of 36. Sam Frazee carded a 40, Davis Kleppe had a 42, and Eli Smith scored a 43. The Grizzlies’ 161 total was one stroke better than runner-up International Falls. Virginia-MIB, Hibbing, and Mesabi East rounded out the field.
On Wednesday, April 28, the Grizzlies picked up their second East Range Conference tourney victory in a field of six teams. Sam Frazee and Ian Olson tied for team low score with 39, just one stroke off of top medalist Connor Willard, of Hibbing. Davis Kleppe came in with a 41, and Eli Smith had a 44. Together, their 163-stroke total was 19 strokes better than second-place Hibbing. The remaining teams in order of finish were Virginia-MIB, International Falls, Eveleth, and Mesabi East.
The same six teams plus Hermantown and Cass Lake-Bena gathered Tuesday at Fortune Bay Resort for The Wilderness Golf 18-hole Invitational tournament.
Once again, a North Woods golfer was the cream of the crop. Davis Kleppe’s round of 80 tied with two other golfers, but Kleppe was declared the winner in a scorecard playoff.
Ian Olson and Sam Frazee tied for 15th with scores of 88. Eli Smith landed in 25th place with a score of 92. The Grizzlies tied for fourth overall with International Falls.

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