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L to R: Zach Buntrock, Colton Sicheneder, Brandon Ly, Frank Lundquist, Joey Manthis, Mitch Scrimgeour, Coach Jason Retzlaff

L to R: Zach Buntrock, Colton Sicheneder, Brandon Ly, Frank Lundquist, Joey Manthis, Mitch Scrimgeour, Coach Jason Retzlaff
Ryan Tungseth

 

Spartans Win Fourth Consecutive Region XIII and MCAC Championships

Sept. 30, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College golf team won its fourth consecutive region championship in dramatic fashion and qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Championship as they defeated Southwest Wisconsin Technical College at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.

The Spartans shot 314 on the second day of the tournament, the same score they posted Monday. Southwest Wisconsin Tech shot 307, forcing a team playoff. The Spartans also won their fourth consecutive MCAC championship ahead of runner-up Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.

Four golfers from each team played the first hole in the sudden death playoff, and Frank Lundquist's par sealed the title as the Spartans defeated the Chargers by two strokes. Lundquist also led the Spartans for the tournament with a two-day total of 150. He was runner-up in the region competition and was the individual medalist for the MCAC.

Joey Manthis (4th Region, 2nd MCAC) and Mitch Scrimgeour (5th Region, 3rd MCAC) each had two-day totals of 155. Bismarck State College's Trenton Schwehr was the region championship medalist with a two-day total of 147.

On the women's side, Bismarck State won the team Region XIII Title, and Lake Region State's Kelsey Schlenk won medalist honors (170).

Lundquist, Manthis and Mitch Scrimgeour qualified to represent the Spartans on the All-Region XIII Team. M State Coach Jason Retzlaff was named the Region XIII Coach of the Year.

M State Individual Results (Day 1 + Day 2= Total)
Frank Lundquist 75+75= 150
Joey Manthis 81+74=155
Mitch Scrimgeour 73+82= 155
Colton Sicheneder 85+84= 169
Brandon Ly 88+83= 171

"It was a very memorable day and one that was as exciting as it gets," Retzlaff said. "There are very few things more intense than a team playoff in golf, and to win a championship against an outstanding opponent under those circumstances is very special. Before the final round, as a team we talked about having patience and not giving up on any shot as it was clear it was going to be close. It ended up where every shot saved did make all the difference.

"Frank Lundquist was an absolute star for us and showed exactly the player he is. He sealed the playoff with a clutch par and was our rock for both days. By his own standards he has struggled this fall, but he had the mental toughness to shine at the most important time.

"Congrats to Coach Scott Kennedy and Southwest Wisconsin Tech on a tremendous effort. To shoot 307 today in the windy conditions was quite a feat. We were very fortunate to come out on top, as they would have been great champions as well. I can't be more proud of our team one through eight for their efforts this fall. I'm so happy that they will have the opportunity to compete in such a fantastic event at the national tournament in Chautauqua, N.Y.

"A special thanks to Rick Odden and Ryan Tungseth at Pebble Lake Golf Course for all their help in running a first-class event for our Region XIII and the MCAC. The golf course looked fantastic and was a great venue."

The Spartans will compete in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at Chautauqua Golf Course in June 2015. Dates for the tournament have not yet been announced.

 

2014 Region XIII MCAC Championship Results


Frank Lundquist hitting his approach shot on the 9th hole

Frank Lundquist hitting his approach shot on the 9th hole
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Hold Slim Lead after Day One of MCAC/Region XIII

Sept. 29, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans took an early lead by shooting a 314 on Day One of the two-day MCAC/Region XIII Championship Golf Tournament at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. Bismarck State is second with a 318, followed by Southwest Wisconsin Tech with a 321. Mesabi Range is second in the MCAC Tournament with a 329.

Trenton Schwehr of Bismarck State shot the low round of the day with a 71. M State's Mitch Scrimgeour and Frank Lundquist had the next best rounds of the day with 73 and 75 respectively.

"It was a very good start for us as Mitch and Frank both played outstanding rounds," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "They played with great poise all day long, and both putted very well. We are going to have to play even better golf tomorrow to finish the job as both Bismarck State and Western Wisconsin Tech have outstanding teams. The key is for us to have great patience and composure through the ups and downs of the day. It will certainly be a great competition and a shootout tomorrow."

The Spartans are attempting to win their fourth consecutive Region XIII championship and fourth consecutive MCAC championship.

Qualifiers for the nationals are the winning team in the region and the top five individual players outside the region winner. The NJCAA Division III National Championship will be in June at Chautauqua Golf Course in Chautauqua, NY.

 

Close Tournament at The Jewel

Sept. 22, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans finished fourth in a close tournament, only seven shots off the pace, at the MCAC golf invite hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College at The Jewel Golf Course in Lake City.

Iowa Lakes won with a team score of 311, and Mitch Scrimgeour led the Spartans with a 75.

M State Individual Results:
Mitch Scrimgeour 75
Joey Manthis 78
Colton Sicheneder 82
Frank Lundquist 83
Brandon Ly DQ
Zach Buntrock 82
Jordan Wolfe 82
Daniel Stacey 93

Team Results:
Iowa Lakes 311
Southwest Tech 312
NIACC 316
M State 318
RCTC 380

"We were very close to having a great round," said Spartan Coach Jason Retzlaff. "This is a very good event with a lot of great teams and one we have been close to winning the last few years but couldn't quite pull it off. But we have a lot of positives going into the conference/region tournament. We are going to practice up next week and play with a lot of confidence on Monday."

The Spartans next compete at the two-day MCAC/Region XIII Championship at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls on Sept. 29 and 30. The winning team and the top five individual players will qualify for the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Brandon Ly teeing off on the 7th hole

Brandon Ly teeing off on the 7th hole
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Win at the Quarry

Sept. 22, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartan golfers shot a 319 and won by 11 strokes over Central Lakes College at the Quarry at Giant's Ridge on Monday in an MCAC event hosted by Mesabi Range College.

The Spartans' Mitch Scrimgeour led M State with a 77, and teammate Joey Manthis shot a 78. Jay Jensen of Mesabi Range won medalist honors with a 75.

Team Results:

1. M State 319
2. Central Lakes 330
3. Mesabi Range 343

M State Individual Results:

Mitch Scrimgeour 77
Joey Manthis 78
Frank Lundquist 82
Colton Sicheneder 82
Brandon Ly 83
Zach Buntrock 87
Daniel Stacey 88
Jordan Wolfe 104

"It was nice to see us play better today, and I thought we were much better mentally than on Sunday," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "A number of our players got off to rough starts but really hung in there to give us some solid scores. That patience is what we will need to have at the conference and region tournament next week."

The Spartans will compete Sept. 23 at The Jewel in Lake City in a meet hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College.

Colton Sicheneder teeing off on the 12th hole

Colton Sicheneder teeing off on the 12th hole
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Win at The Wilderness

Sept. 21, 2014

Minnesota State Community and Technical College golfers began a three-day, three-tournament swing hosted by Mesabi Range at The Wilderness Golf Course in Tower, winning by three stokes over Central Lakes College with a round of 328. Mesabi Range College finished third.

Mitch Scrimgeour won medalist honors with a 75, the third consecutive tournament where Scrimgeour has won medalist honors. Tyler Genz of Central Lakes was the individual runner-up with a 76.

Team Results:

1. M State 328
2. Central Lakes 331
3. Mesabi Range 346

M State Results:

Mitch Scrimgeour 75
Colton Sicheneder 81
Frank Lundquist 84
Brandon Ly 88
Joey Manthis 88
Zach Buntrock 85
Jordan Wolfe 87
Daniel Stacey 96

"We got nice rounds from Mitch and Colton today that gave us a slim edge. Mitch putted the ball beautifully, and Colton had a very nice all-around day," Coach Jason Retzlaff said. "They were the toughest conditions we have played in this year, and as a team we need to do a better job of keeping the ball in play and avoiding the big number. The Quarry will be another great challenge for us tomorrow."

The Spartans compete Sept. 22 at The Quarry at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik.

Mitch Scrimgeour

Mitch Scrimgeour
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Golfers Take Second in Spartan Invitational

Sept. 14-15, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans finished in second place with a two-day total of 629 after shooting a 320 on Monday in the Spartan Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.

M State's Mitch Scrimgeour was the medalist for the event with a two-day total of 148, and Bismarck State College won the invitational.

"We didn't play well enough to beat an outstanding Bismarck team," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "Our players struggled to get much of anything going throughout the day Monday, and the golf course did play tough as scores were up from Sunday. We got a firsthand view of the play that will be required to have a shot at the region tournament in a couple of weeks. I think our guys will respond well and continue to improve.

"Congrats to Mitch Scrimgeour on earning medalist honors with two very solid rounds. Jordan Wolfe also had a very good round on Monday."

Men's Team Results: Day 1 Day 2 Total
1. Bismarck State #1 305 312 617 (Champion)
2. M State 309 320 629
3. Bismarck State #2 306 333 639
4. Mesabi Range College 338 320 658
5. Central Lakes College 328 342 670
6. Rochester Community and Technical College 351 357 708

M State Individual Scores

Mitch Scrimgeour 72+76=148 (Medalist)
Joey Manthis 78+76=154
Brandon Ly 75+88=163
Colton Sicheneder 80+84=164
Zach Buntrock 84+84=168
Frank Lundquist 85+84=169
Jordan Wolfe 89+82=171
Daniel Stacey 84+93=177

The Spartans will compete next on Sept. 21 at The Wilderness Golf Course in Tower, hosted by Mesabi Range College.

Mitch Scrimgeour

Mitch Scrimgeour
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Win at Giant's Ridge

Sept. 8, 2014

The Spartans won their third consecutive event with a team score of 308 at the MCAC event hosted by Mesabi Range College at the Legends at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik.

Mitch Scrimgeour shot 73 to win medalist honors. Joey Manthis shot under par on the back nine, and Brandon Ly had his second consecutive round in the 70s.

Central Lakes College's James Cragun was the individual runner-up with a 75.

Team Scores:
1. Minnesota State Community and Technical College 308
2. Central Lakes College 317
3. Mesabi Range College 345
4. Rochester Community & Technical College 375

M State Individual Scores:
Mitch Scrimgeour 73 (Medalist)
Joey Manthis 76 (3rd)
Brandon Ly 78 (5th)
Frank Lundquist 81
Zach Buntrock 81
Colton Sicheneder 83
Jordan Wolfe 83
Daniel Stacey 86

"Although it wasn't as flashy a score as yesterday, we played another nice round. Credit to Central Lakes as well, as they played a great round on a windy golf course. Mitch Scrimgeour played with very few mistakes today, and his medalist honors were well-deserved. It was great to see Brandon Ly have back-to-back solid rounds for us, and Jordan Wolfe shot his best round as a Spartan. It was exciting to see improvement the last two days as this young team's confidence continues to grow," said Coach Jason Retzlaff.

The Spartans will compete at home next in the Spartan Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The two-day event begins Sunday, Sept. 14..

Frank Lundquist

Frank Lundquist
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Break School Scoring Record in Win at Virginia

Sept. 7, 2014

Minnesota State Community and Technical College broke the team school scoring record by firing a team round of 293 at an MCAC tournament hosted by Mesabi Range College at the par-71 Virginia Golf Course in Virginia.

The Spartans won the tournament by 27 shots over Central Lakes College. M State had five players shoot in the 70s.

M State's Frank Lundqduist and Joey Manthis and Central Lakes golfer Jackson Gregory were medalists, all shooting rounds of 72.

Team results:
1. M State-Fergus Falls 293
2. Central Lakes College 320
3. Mesabi Range 326
4. Rochester 338

Fergus Falls individual scores:
Frank Lundquist 72
Joey Manthis 72
Mitch Scrimgeour 73
Brandon Ly 76
Zach Buntrock 78
Colton Sicheneder 82
Daniel Stacey 84
Jordan Wolfe 87

"It was a very special and memorable day for our golf program. Our team can be very proud of shooting a 293 for a school record," said Coach Jason Retzlaff. "It's rare to have a number of players put it together on one day, but we were able to do that. There were a lot of positives with Frank Lundquist and Brandon Ly breaking through to give us some great scores. Zach Buntrock has also been improving and posted his best round of the season.

"We also had a number of guys start poorly, but they stayed patient and still posted good rounds. Patience is something we talk about a lot, and it was great to see that come through today. Hopefully, we can keep the good play going tomorrow at the difficult Legend course at Giant's Ridge."

The Spartans compete in an MCAC event hosted by Mesabi at the Legend at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik on Sept. 8.

Joey Manthis

Joey Manthis
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartans Win at Legacy, Manthis Shoots Under Par

Sept. 1-2, 2014

The dual Metal Match Play event between Minnesota State Community and Technical College and Central Lakes College was held at the Bobby's Legacy at the Cragun's Resort (Par 73).

Format: Metal Match Play (Nassau style) - two days. A player from Central Lakes and Fergus Falls play an 18-hole match against each other each day. In each individual match, the players play stroke play against each other. The front nine is worth one point, the second nine is worth one point and all 18 holes are worth one point.

Spartans won the two-day event by a point total of 31.5 to 16.5. Joey Manthis led the way, winning all three points on Day 2, shooting under-par 72. Manthis had a five-hole stretch where he made four birdies.

Fergus Falls results for Day 2:

Joey Manthis 72 (3-0)
Mitch Scrimgeour 76 (2-1)
Zach Buntrock 84 (1-2)
Frank Lundquist 86 (3-0)
Colton Sicheneder 88 (.5- 2.5)
Brandon Ly 90 (1-2)
Daniel Stacey 91 (1-2)
Jordan Wolfe 97 (3-0)

"It was a nice two-day event and good for the guys to taste some success," said coach Jason Retzlaff. "As a team, we struggled a bit today to keep the ball in play, and it led to some big numbers in the middle of the round. The Legacy Courses demand accuracy, and we will have to do a better job of keeping the ball in play.

"Individually, I can't say enough about Joey Manthis' performance. He was in total control of his game and rarely in any sort of trouble. To shoot under par at this course is really a great accomplishment. It was one of the better two-day performances we have had in our program."

The Spartans will next compete at the Virginia Golf Course in an event hosted by Mesabi Range Community and Technical College at 1 p.m. Sept. 7.

Mitch Scrimgeour

Mitch Scrimgeour
Jeff Haukos

 

Spartan Golfers Finish Third in Opener

Aug. 27, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College all-freshman golf team opened the season with a third place finish in the Fall Kickoff hosted by the University of Jamestown and the Jamestown Country Club in Jamestown, N.D.

Mitch Scrimgeour and Joey Manthis led the Spartans with 74s, tying for third individually.

Team Results:
1.University of Jamestown 302
2.Bismarck State College 303
3.M State 310
4.Dickinson State 318
5.Bismarck State #2 320
6.Valley City State 321
7.University of Jamestown #2 336

Individual Medalist: Michael Stram of Jamestown 67

M State Individual Results:
Team Score:
Joey Manthis 74
Mitch Scrimgeour 74
Frank Lundquist 80
Brandon Ly 82
Colton Sicheneder 85

Individuals:
Jordan Wolfe 83
Zach Buntrock 86
Daniel Stacey 86

"It was great to get the season going on a beautiful day for golf," said M State golf coach Jason Retzlaff. "We are a team of inexperienced freshman and although we were up and down throughout the day, there was a lot of promise out on the course. It was a tournament with excellent competition, and our guys did a nice job.

"With two very good teams in Jametown and Bismarck ahead of us, it shows our players where we need to be. Mitch Scrimgeour was solid all day, and Joey Manthis really had his putter going to lead us. It should be another fun season of Spartan golf."

The Spartans will next compete in Brainerd at the Legacy Golf Course for a two-day Labor Day event on Monday and Tuesday.

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