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M State team: (From left to right)  Brady Robertson, Matt Wagner, Brandon Sletmoen, Jared Cowden, Rob Goff

M State team: (From left to right) Brady Robertson, Matt Wagner, Brandon Sletmoen, Jared Cowden, Rob Goff
Jeff Haukos


Spartan Golfers Three-peat as Champions

Oct. 1, 2013

In extremely windy conditions, the M State Spartans men's golf team won its third consecutive Region XIII title and MCAC championship at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The Spartans shot a 305 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 607, 45 shots ahead of runner-up Rochester Community and Technical College. M State's Brandon Sletmoen was the medalist, shooting a two-day total of 144 (71-73), seven shots better than individual runner-up Rob Goff.

This is the second consecutive year the Spartans have had the individual champion (Lucas Gervais in 2012). The Spartan men had the top three individual scores with Sletmoen, Goff and Jared Cowden. All five M State players were named to the 10-player All-Region XIII Team. Spartan Head Coach Jason Retzlaff was named the Region XIII Coach of the Year.

M State will make its third consecutive trip as a team to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament on June 4-7, 2014, in Chautauqua, N.Y. The Spartans won the national championship in 2012 and finished fourth in 2013.

Men's Team Results:

1. M State 302+305=607
2. Rochester CTC 321+331=652
3. Mesabi Range 331+345=676
4. Central Lakes 361+361=722
5. Hibbing CC N/A M

State Individual Results:

Brandon Sletmoen 71+73=144 Medalist
Rob Goff 74+77=151 Individual Runner-up
Jared Cowden 75+77=152 3rd
Matt Wagner 84+78=162
Brady Robertson 82+80=162

Five Individuals Qualified for National Tournament:

Matt Kesanen, Mesabi 76+78=154
Garret Stensgard, Rochester 80+80=160
Tanner Villiard, Rochester 77+87=164
Jordan Rolstad, Rochester 78+88=166
Joel Van Hazinga, Rochester 88+78=166

Coach Retzlaff said, "I couldn't be more proud of this great group of young men. We played our two best days of golf the last two days when it mattered most. Our score of 305 was fantastic with the way the wind was blowing today. We've been very fortunate to go the national tournament the past few years, and I'm thrilled that this team will get to experience its own trip next June. Although only five players got to play the last two days, all nine of our players should be very proud.

"We also want to send out many thanks to Ryan Tungseth and Rick Odden for preparing a wonderful venue for the championship at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. Our course was in great condition while posing a major challenge to the players.

"Brandon Sletmoen won individual champion honors. He is a remarkable golf talent, as he has taken his game to new heights this fall, and it's been a great pleasure to coach him. As an All-American a year ago and winning the individual region and conference titles this year, he has certainly taken his place as one of the best golfers we have had at M State."

Women's Golf: Team Champion:
Bismarck State College 370+369=739

Women's Individual Champion:
Alex Leidholm-Bismarck State 87+82+169

Women's Coach of the Year:
Michael Herzog- Bismarck State

M State Individual Score: Kari Larson 99-112=211

"Kari had a very nice season for us," Retzlaff said. "She improved as the year went on and hit a lot of nice shots throughout the season. We hope she will be back next year."

Brandon Sletmoen teeing off on 1

Brandon Sletmoen teeing off on 1
Jeff Haukos


Spartan Men Lead After First Day of Region Tourney

September 30, 2013

The M State Spartan men's golf team took a 19-shot lead going into day two of the MCAC/Region XIII Championship at Pebble Lake Golf Course with a score of 302. The Spartans were led by Brandon Sletmoen with the low round of the day, one under par 71. The Spartans also had the next two lowest scores of the day with Rob Goff at 74 and Jared Cowden at 75.

M State is aiming to win its third straight Region XIII and MCAC championships. The winning team qualifies for the NJCAA Division III national championship played in June in Chautauqua, NY. The top five individuals, aside from the winning team, qualify for nationals as well.

Team Scores:

1. M State 302
2. Rochester CTC 321
3. Mesabi Range 331
4. Central Lakes 361
5. Hibbing N/A

M State Individual Scores:

Brandon Sletmoen 71
Rob Goff 74
Jared Cowden 75
Brady Robertson 82
Matt Wagner 84

Other notable scores from other teams:

Matt Kesanen - Mesabi 76
Tanner Villiard - Rochester 77
Jordan Rolstad- Rochester 78
Zack Morehouse - Hibbing 80
Garret Stensgard - Rochester 80
Jay Jensen - Mesabi 81
Tim Thorsen - Central Lakes 82
James Cragun - Central Lakes 82

On the women's side:

Bismarck State shot a team score of 370

Alex Lindholm - Bismarck 87
Katie Johnson - Rochester 89
Lindsay Reede - Bismarck 89
Kari Larson - M State 99

The men's and women's teams both had a long drive contest. Brandon Sletmoen of M State won the men's division with a drive of 326 yards. Matt Wagner of M State was second at 297 yards. Alex Lindholm of Bismarck State won the women's division with a drive of 215 yards.

"We played very well today and got off to a great start," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "To have three rounds at 75 or less puts our team in a great position. Brandon, Rob and Jared all played fantastic golf today. Our team has put itself in position to accomplish our goal. We just need to stay patient and play well for one more day."

The final round is Oct. 1 with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. from Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.

Matt Wagner putting on the 17th hole at The Legend

Matt Wagner putting on the 17th hole at The Legend


Spartans Finish Regular Season with a Win

Sept, 24, 2013

M State finished the regular season with a score of 316 and a first-place finish at The Legend Golf Course in Biwabik, hosted by Mesabi Range Community & Technical College.

Brandon Sletmoen was the medalist with a 73, the third time he has won medalist honors this season. The Spartan men golfers have won six of the seven tournaments they entered this year and have had the medalist in every event.

The Spartans will attempt to win their third straight MCAC/Region XIII title and national tourney birth next week at the MCAC/Region XIII championship.

Team Results:
1. M State 316
2. Mesabi Range 328

M State Individual Scores: Team:

Brandon Sletmoen 73
Jared Cowden 77
Matt Wagner 81
Jordan Larson 85
Matt Koster 86

Rob Goff 83
Austin Pulczinski 86
Chris Widme 86
Brady Robertson 89

"It was a beautiful day to play golf. Brandon and Jared were our anchors and had very consistent rounds. Mesabi had a nice round, and it would have been close if they could have posted a better fourth score," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "Overall, it's been a great regular season. I'm very proud of our team and what they have accomplished. We feel like we are prepared to play well at the region tournament next week. It will be a great experience to host it at Pebble Lake Golf Course. It's unfortunate that region rules allow only five players to compete, as all nine of our guys deserve to be in there."

The Spartans will next compete at the Region XIII/MCAC Championship, hosted by M State at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Tee times begin both days at 10 a.m.

Jared Cowden tees off on 17 at The Wilderness

Jared Cowden tees off on 17 at The Wilderness


Spartans Win at The Wilderness

Spartan golfers claimed first place in the MCAC Golf Tournament hosted by Mesabi Range Community & Technical College at The Wilderness Golf Course in Tower on Sept. 23.

Team Results:
1. M State 327
2. Mesabi Range 365

M State Individual Results:
Brandon Sletmoen 80
Matt Koster 80
Matt Wagner 83
Rob Goff 84
Brady Robertson 84

Jared Cowden 79 (Medalist)
Jordan Larson 80
Austin Pulczinski 94
Chris Widme 96

M State Women's Individual Score

Kari Larson 116

"It was the toughest conditions we've had this year, so the scores were a little higher," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "We struggled on the front nine but steadied as we got to the back nine. Jared Cowden had a very good round, winning medalist honors. He hit the ball very well. We also had nice performances from Matt Koster, Jordan Larson and Matt Wagner."

The Spartans will compete Tuesday, Sept. 24, at The Legend Golf Course in Biwabik.

Matt Koster Chipping on the 18th

Matt Koster Chipping on the 18th


Spartans Win at Home, Sletmoen Medals at Under Par

September 15-16, 2013

The M State Spartans hosted the two-day Spartan Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls on Sept. 15 and16, with the Spartan men shooting 313 on day two, en route to a 34-shot victory. Brandon Sletmoen took medalist honors and shot 71 on Monday, scoring a minus two for the two days and posting a 142 (11 shots better than the next competitor). Matt Koster shot an even par 72, and Matt Wagner had the low round of his Spartan career with a 77.

Team Results (Monday scores listed first):

1. M State 313+307= 620

2. Rochester CTC 327+327= 654

3. Mesabi Range 353+340= 693

4. Central Lakes College 355+345= 700

M State Individual Results:

1. Brandon Sletmoen 71+71=142

2. Matt Koster 72+81=153

3. Matt Wagner 77+80=157

4. Rob Goff 80+78= 158

5. Brady Robertson 81+78=159

6. Chris Widme 80+80= 160

7. Jared Cowden 81+80=161

8. Jordan Larson 86+76=162

9. Austin Pulczinski 82+84=166

Women's Results:

1. Kari Johnson (Medalist) Rochester CTC 91+88=179

2. Kari Larson M State 112+96= 208

"I thought today was another nice display of depth for our team," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "Matt Koster had a fantastic round shooting even par. He has been close all year long and really put it together today. Matt Wagner also played some great golf and really had some nice iron shots. Brandon Sletmoen put on a dominant performance, shooting under par during both days. It's great to see his confidence soaring like it is. As a team, it's good to see a number of our players continue to improve. Our goal is to stay focused and peak at the region championship in a couple of weeks."

The Spartans will next compete on Monday, Sept. 23, at The Wilderness Golf Course in Tower, hosted by Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.

Brandon Sletmoen walks up 11 at The Jewel

Brandon Sletmoen walks up 11 at The Jewel


Sletmoen Fires 69, Spartans Finish 2nd at The Jewel

Sept. 12, 2013

With winds gusting at 20 to 25 miles an hour, the Spartan men golfers finish second with a score of 320 at The Jewel in Lake City, hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College. Brandon Sletmoen shot a college career low of 69, the second-lowest score a Spartan has posted in the last 10 years, and won medalist honors by four shots. Sletmoen's round consisted of 15 pars, one eagle, one birdie and one bogey. In M State's first four tournaments, four different Spartans have been medalist: Jared Cowden, Brady Robertson, Rob Goff and Brandon Sletmoen.

Team Results:

1. Southwest Technical College 315
2. M State 320
3. Rochester CTC 328
4. Northern Iowa Area CC 330
5. Central Lakes College 437

M State Individual Team Results:

Brandon Sletmoen 69 (Medalist)
Rob Goff 81
Jared Cowden 85
Jordan Larson 85
Brady Robertson 89

Individual Scores:

Matt Wagner 79
Matt Koster 85
Austin Pulczinski 85
Chris Widme 90

"We were disappointed not to pull off a victory, but Southwest Tech played great," Coach Jason Retzlaff said."Brandon's round was phenomenal and one of the best rounds a Spartan has ever had. It seemed liked he was playing a different course, and he hit the ball so well that the wind didn't bother a thing. Since last year he has taken his game to another level, and we look forward to watching him get better and better. It's also pretty to cool to have four tournaments and have four different Spartans earn medalist honors."

"As a team we struggled to keep the ball in play, and the penalty strokes really cost us. The Jewel is a course that is open, and if the wind blows, it's very difficult. Considering the conditions, it was a solid score, but we felt we left some out there. Individually, Matt Wagner had his best round of the year and hit a lot of quality shots."

The Spartans will next compete at home in the two-day Spartan Invitational, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.

Rob Goff

Rob Goff


Spartans Win at The Quarry

Sept. 9, 2013

The M State golf team won its third consecutive tournament of the season at The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik during extremely rainy conditions on Sept. 9. The Spartans shot 311 for the second day in a row. Rob Goff was a co-medalist, shooting a 74 (including an eagle on the par-four 13th hole). Four Spartans shot in the 70s.

Team Results:

1.M State Fergus Falls 311
2.Central Lakes College 337
3.Mesabi 354
4.Hibbing N/A

Fergus Falls Individual Scores:

Rob Goff 74 (Co-medalist)
Jared Cowden 79
Brady Robertson 79
Brandon Sletmoen 79
Austin Pulczinski 87
Matt Koster 85
Jordan Larson 86
Matt Wagner 86
Chris Widme 87

Cole Bliss of Central Lakes was the co-medalist with Goff shooting a 74.

Matt Kesanan of Mesabi was 3rd individually with a 77.

"I thought it was another solid performance by our team," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "This is the fourth year we traveled here, and it was the lowest score we have put up. Rob had a great round today. Both he and Brady have improved from last year and have been very consistent for us. Jared Cowden did a great job hanging in there after struggling on his first nine holes by shooting under par on the back 9."

The Spartans will next compete Sept. 12 at The Jewel in Lake City hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College.

Brady Robertson

Brady Robertson


Spartans Win at Giant's Ridge

Sept. 8, 2013

The Spartan golfers won by 20 shots over Rochester Community and Technical College at the MCAC Golf Tournament hosted by Mesabi Range Community and Technical College at The Legend at Giant's Ridge (Par 72) in Biwabik. M State's Brady Robertson was the medalist with a 75, and three other Spartans shot in the 70s. M State women's golfer Kari Larson shot 106.

Team Results:

1. M State 311
2. Rochester CTC 331
3. Central Lakes 335
4. Mesabi Range 355

M State Individual Results:

Brady Robertson 75
Rob Goff 76
Brandon Sletmoen 78
Austin Pulczynski 78
Jordan Larson 81
Jared Cowden 82
Matt Koster 82
Matt Wagner 85
Chris Widme 93

Women's Individual Results:

Kari Larson M State 106

"We played a solid round on a great golf course," said Coach Retzlaff. "A few too many big numbers kept us from going lower, but overall we did a pretty good job of keeping the ball in play. Brady Robertson played an excellent round of golf with very few mistakes. Rob Goff made four birdies on his way to 76. Austin Pulczinski also was very steady for us as well."

Jared Cowden

Jared Cowden


M State Men's Golf Team Wins Season's First Event

Aug. 28, 2013

The M State men's golf team won its first event of the year in Jamestown, N.D., shooting a 299 in extremely warm conditions. The seven teams in the tournament included three four-year colleges (University of Jamestown, Valley City State University and Presentation College).

Spartan sophomore Jared Cowden won medalist honors with a 1 under par 71, and Brandon Sletmoen tied for second individually with an even par 72. The Spartans had five players shoot in the 70s and eight of nine players shot 82 or under.

M State has nine men on its roster and one woman, Kari Larson.

Men's Team Results:

1. M State 299
2. Bismarck State College 302
3. University of Jamestown 303
T4. University of Jamestown (2nd Team) 309
T4. Valley City State University 309
6. Valley City State University 310
7. M State (2nd team) 328
8. United Tribes Tech. College 342
9 . Presentation College 370
10. Lake Region State College 382

M State Individual Scores:

Jared Cowden- 71 (Medalist-1st place)
Brandon Sletmoen- 72 (T-2nd)
Rob Goff- 77 (T-15)
Jordan Larson- 79
Austin Pulczinski- 81

Team 2:

Brady Robertson-74
Matt Wagner-81
Matt Koster-82
Chris Widme 91

Trent Hagenson of the University of Jamestown shot 72 to tie for second in the individual competition.

"It was a very encouraging start for our team today," said Spartan Coach Jason Retzlaff. "We did something different and started out the season playing in a tournament with some four-year colleges knowing the competition would be steep. To come out on top made it a great day. We felt depth would be a strength of this team, and it was a key factor today. Jared Cowden was outstanding today and was solid in all aspects of his game. Brandon Sletmoen had a great ball striking round, and Brady Robertson was steady all day."

"Our next tournament will be a great test for us heading up north playing The Quarry and Legend courses at Giant's Ridge. They are two of the best but also most difficult courses in the state, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we play there."

Spartan woman golfer Kari Larson shot a 107 to finish 12th out of 20 golfers on the women's side. University of Jamestown's Emily Larson shot a 79 to earn medalist honors, and Jamestown won the team title with a 345.

The Spartans will compete at The Legend and Quarry at Giant's Ridge hosted by Mesabi Range College on Sept. 8 and 9.


Spartan Golfers Repeat as Champions

Oct. 2, 2012

The M State Spartan golf team defended its Region XIII and MCAC Championships by winning the titles for the second consecutive year. With the victory, the Spartans qualified as a team for the NJCAA Division III National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Course in Chautauqua, N.Y., on June 4-7. The Spartans are the defending NJCAA national champions and will defend their title in June.

The Spartans shot 325 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 646 to win the championship by 16 shots over Southwest Technical College (Fennimore, Wis.). The tournament was at Bobby's Legacy Course at Cragun's Resort in Gull Lake.

Lucas Gervais was the individual MCAC and Region XIII champion by eight shots with a two-day total of 150. Spartan head coach Jason Retzlaff was named the Region XIII Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Team Results:

1. M State 321+325 = 646 (Day 1+ Day 2 = Total)
2. Southwest Technical College 329+333 = 662
3. Mesabi Range CC 339+336 = 675
4. Bismarck College 341+337 = 678
T5. Central Lakes College 346+351 = 697
T5. Hibbing CC 348+349 = 697
7. Rochester CTC 366+349 = 715
8. Lake Region 389+377 = 766

Fergus Falls Individual Scores:

Lucas Gervais 74+76 = 150 (MCAC and REGION XIII INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION)
Brandon Sletmoen 82+81 = 163 (5th Overall)
Brady Robertson 80+86 = 166 (6th Overall)
Rob Goff 85+85 = 170 (10th overall)
Taylor Shuck 88+83 = 171

Top 10 Individuals:

1. Lucas Gervais FF 74+76 = 150
T2. Matt Kesanan Mes 79+79 = 158
T2. Zach Rickers CL 77+81 = 158
4. Aaron Rondon SWT 83+76 = 159
5. Brandon Sletmoen FF 82+81 = 163
6. Brady Robertson FF 80+86 = 166
7. Kyran Kree SWT 78+90 = 168
T8. Jeff Hesse SWT 86+83 = 169
T8. Zach Morehouse HI 84+85 = 169
10. Rob Goff FF 85+85 = 170

"It was a fantastic two days and a great accomplishment for our golf team." said Head Coach Jason Retzlaff. "After last year season, there were some heightened expectations, and these young men stepped in and performed the entire season with great poise. The Legacy is a course that demands that you keep the ball in play, and our players executed the game plan very well. All seven of our players were great contributors and can be very proud. I am thrilled that this group will get an opportunity to go to New York to defend our national title."

"Lucas was a cut above the rest of the field this week. He put on a spectacular ball-striking display and made the game look easy, which is pretty tough to do in this sport. It's quite an honor to be the Spartan's first conference individual champion in recent history. He made us very proud."

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