Spartans win Region XIII and MCAC title, Swenson medals

October 6, 2015

The M State men's golf team ran away with the Region XIII and MCAC championship, shooting a 305 on Day 2 (620 total) and defeating runner up Southwest Tech (659) by 39 strokes at The Quarry (par 72) in Biwabik.

Chris Swenson earned medalist honors for both the Region XIII title and MCAC, adding a 79 to his 72 (Day 1) for a two-day total of 151. Swenson joins Lucas Gervais and Brandon Sletmoen as Spartans who have won individual region titles in recent years for Spartan golf. Swenson is the first to win the title as a freshman.

Frank Lundquist shot the low round of Day 2 with a 74. Ryan Ames finished individually tied for second (154), and Joey Manthis finished fourth (155).

The title is the fifth consecutive Region XIII championship and MCAC championship for M State. Jason Retzlaff was named the Region XIII coach of the year.

Region XIII Team Results:
1. M State 620 (315 Day 1+305 Day 2)
2. Southwest Tech 659 (321+338)
3. Central Lakes College 669 (337+332)
4. Bismarck State College 673 (333+340)
5. Lake Region State College 674 (343+331)
6. Rochester CTC 675 (323+352)
7. Hibbing CTC 693 (354+339)
8. Mesabi Range 703 (340+363)

M State Individual Results:
Chris Swenson 151 (72+79) (Individual Champion)
Ryan Ames 154 (78+76) (T-2)
Joey Manthis 155 (79+76) (4th)
Frank Lundquist 164 (90+74) (T-7th)
Levi Soydara 166 (86+80) (T-12)

"We really played a special team round of golf today and played like champions. While most scores were higher with the tougher conditions, we dropped 10 from yesterday and played our best team round of the fall at the most crucial time," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff.

"Congrats to Chris Swenson on winning the individual Region XIII and MCAC championship. He played beautifully for two days. He wowed a lot of people with two days of great golf.

"Frank Lundquist was stellar today. It takes a lot of character to come back after struggling so much on Day 1 and shoot the low round of the day on Tuesday. Ryan and Joey gave us excellent rounds, as they have all year, and Levi really hit the ball well today. It was fun to have all five guys playing so well today."

"It was a wonderful fall season for all nine of our golfers. They are extremely talented players, but I'm even more proud of the quality young men they are. We know what a great experience competing in the national tournament has been in the past. I am thrilled that this group will get to compete for a national championship next June."

M State will compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Chautauqua, N.Y., on June 7-10. It will be the fifth consecutive appearance for M State as a team. The Spartans have finished in the top five the last four years, winning the title in 2012.

Coach Retzlaff congratulating Chris Swenson

Coach Retzlaff congratulating Chris Swenson
Jeff Haukos


Spartans lead after Round One of region championship

October 5, 2015

The Spartans shot 315 in the first round of the Region XIII/MCAC Championship at The Quarry (par 72) at Biwabik, leading Southwest Wisconsin Tech by six (321) and Rochester CTC by eight (323) .

Chris Swenson shot the low round of the day, firing an even par 72 after making a double bogey on the first hole. Ryan Ames (78) and Joey Manthis (79) also shot in the 70s.

The winning team and top five individual scores, aside from the winning team, qualify for the national tournament in Chautauqua, N.Y. next June.

Team Results (Day 1):
1. M State 315
2. Southwest Tech (Wis.) 321
3. Rochester CTC 323
4. Bismarck State College 333
5. Central Lakes College 337
6. Mesabi Range 340
7. Hibbing CTC 354

M State Individual Results:
Chris Swenson 72 (Current position: 1)
Ryan Ames 78 (4th)
Joey Manthis 79 (T-5th)
Levi Soydara 86
Frank Lundquist 90

Top 10 Individual Scores:
1. Chris Swenson- FF 72
2. Craig Halma- SWT 75
3. Aaron Schauer- BSC 77
4. Ryan Ames- FF 78
T5. Erik Hansen- SWT 79
T5. Joey Manthis- FF 79
T5. Saul Sasse- CLC 79
T5. Garret Stensgaard- RCTC 79
T9. Brady Becker RCTC 80
T9. Dillon Stevens RCTC 80

"We have put ourselves in good position but have a lot of work left tomorrow against some very good teams," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff. "We got off to a slow start, played some great golf in the middle of the round and then struggled a bit to finish. Overall, it was a solid team round of golf. The Quarry is the toughest course we play on our schedule, and it demands constant patience and concentration. Eliminating big numbers tomorrow will be very important. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity for our players to compete for a championship.

"Chris Swenson was fantastic. His mental toughness truly stood out today. After a double bogey on the first, he played the last 17 holes two under par including no bogies on the final 15 holes. To do that on this golf course is quite a feat, and he has some great momentum going into tomorrow."

The Spartans will tee off at 11 a.m. Tuesday for the final round of the championship.

Joey Manthis at The Quarry

Joey Manthis at The Quarry
Jeff Haukos


M State wins over Rochester at The Quarry

September 27-28, 2015

M State improved by six shots to post a 314 on day two of the Mesabi Invite at The Quarry (par72) in Biwabik. The two-day total was 634 to win over Rochester (672).

Joey Manthis fired the low round of the tournament on Monday (74) to take medalist honors (79-74=153) over teammate and individual runner-up Chris Swenson (78-78=156). The Spartans finish their regular season tournament schedule winning five of the six tournaments they competed in. M State had four of the top five individual scores of the tournament.

Team Results
1. M State 320 (Day 1) + 314 (Day 2) = 634
2. Rochester CTC 335 + 337 = 673
3. Hibbing CC 358 + 324 = 682
4. Central Lakes 348 + 344 = 692
5. Mesabi Range 365 + 356 = 724
6. Lake Region State 368 + 356 = 724

M State Individual Results
Joey Manthis 79 +74 = 153 (Medalist)
Chris Swenson 78 + 78 = 156 (Runner-Up)
Ryan Ames 79 + 83 = 162 (T-3rd)
Frank Lundquist 84 + 79 = 163 (5th)
Levi Soydara 85 + 86 = 171
Ryan Smith 85 + 87 = 172
Cameron Kemen 92 + 82 = 174
Will Storhaug 91 + 91 = 182
Jon Eichler 91 + 103 = 194

"We played better today and really felt it could have been a lower score on this very difficult course," Coach Jason Retzlaff said. "Joey Manthis was superb today. He has had many great rounds in his two years as a Spartan, but this round is right up toward the top. He controlled his ball with great consistency and rarely put himself in trouble. Frank Lundquist also gave us a nice round as he has been on the verge of playing some great golf.

"We found out first-hand what a challenge The Quarry will present next week at the region championship. Patience will certainly be a key as we will have to blend aggressiveness with smart play. I'm very proud of all of these young men on the great non-playoff fall schedule, but I know they are very hungry to keep it going next week. It will be a lot of fun to head back up north and tee it up next Monday against some very good teams."

The Quarry is the site of the MCAC/Region XIII Championship on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5-6.

Ryan Ames approach shot on #12

Ryan Ames approach shot on #12
Jeff Haukos


M State edges Southwest Tech by two shots

September 22, 2015

M State shot a team score of 300, edging Southwest Technical College (Wisconsin) by two shots at The Jewel Golf Course (Par 71) in Lake City during the Rochester Invitational.

Chris Swenson and Ryan Ames led the way for M State with rounds of 72, one shy of medalist honors. M State improves its team scoring average to 301 for the season.

Team Results
1. M State 300
2. Southwest Technical College 302
3. Rochester CTC 313
4. Northern Iowa Area CC 328
5. Mesabi Range 331
6. St. Mary's University (Winona) 350

M State Individual Results
Ryan Ames 72 (T-2nd)
Chris Swenson 72 (T-2nd)
Joey Manthis 78
Levi Soydara 78
Frank Lundquist 84
Ryan Smith 77
Cameron Kemen 80
Will Storhaug 95

Individual Medalist
Sam Steinwald - Northern Iowa Area CC 71

"It was a very nice team win for us in a tournament that always has excellent competition," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff. "Each year at The Jewel we seem to come up a few shot shots short, so it was nice to come out on top today. Southwest Tech has a great team and played so well. We were very happy to shoot 300 on a tough course to get the win.

"Chris Swenson and Ryan Ames were outstanding for us today, as they have been all season. Levi Soydara gave us a very nice round after getting off to a slow start. Ryan Smith also played extremely well and had his most consistent round of the year."

The Spartans compete at The Quarry (Giant's Ridge) in Biwabik for the Mesabi Range Invitational on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 27 and 28.

M State Golf Team sets school record.

M State Golf Team sets school record.
Jeff Haukos


M State wins Spartan Invitational, sets M State record

September 14-15, 2015

With a two-day total of 596, M State won the Spartan Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Club (par72) in Fergus Falls. The two-day total is a school record and the first time in school history the Spartans shot under 600 in a two-day event. M State shot a single-day 294 on Monday, one shot shy of tying the school single-day scoring record of 293.

Chris Swenson and Joey Manthis both shot two under par (70) for the low individual rounds of the day -- and the low rounds of their careers. Swenson earned medalist honors with a two-day total of 144, edging teammate Ryan Ames (147). The Spartans had six total players shoot in the 70s on Monday.

Team Totals:
1. M State 302(Day 1) + 294(Day 2)= 596
2. Rochester CTC 328+307= 635
3.Central Lakes 331+305= 636
T4. Hibbing CC 336+340= 676
T4. Lake Region State 355+321= 656
6. Mesabi Range 357+331= 688

M State Individuals:
Chris Swenson 74+70=144 (Medalist)
Ryan Ames 70+77=147 (Runner-Up)
Joey Manthis 79+70=149 (T-3rd)
Frank Lundquist 80+77=157
Ryan Smith 79+83=162
Levi Soydara 89+75=164
Cameron Kemen 86+78=164
Will Storhaug 91+90=181

Women's Individual Event:
MacKenzie Olsen, Rochester CTC, 75-74=149, Medalist
Kelsey Schlenk, Lake Region State, 91-82=173, Runner-up

"It was a great two days, and our team played some outstanding golf," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff. "Going under 600 for a two-day total was a pretty cool thing for the team to achieve and something our program hasn't ever accomplished. We also had six players shoot in the 70s today, which shows the depth of our team. We also played against some good competition as Rochester and Central Lakes should both be commended for playing excellent golf today."

"Congrats to Chris Swenson on winning medalist honors. He continues to play very well and is only going to get better. It's always fun to watch Chris play because you know you will see shots that most players can't pull off, and he executes them routinely."

"Joey also played an exceptional round today. He bogeyed the first hole and played the remaining holes with three birdies and 14 pars. His irons were spot-on all day as he only missed two greens. Levi Soydara and Cameron Kemen also played very well today with their low rounds of the year."

"Thanks to Pebble Lake Golf Club and Lance Walvatne on hosting the event. The course was in great shape and is always a tough test for the players."

The Spartans will next compete Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Lake City at The Jewel Golf Course hosted by Rochester CTC.

Levi Soydara lining up a putt at The Pines

Levi Soydara lining up a putt at The Pines
Jeff Haukos


M State wins Central Lakes Invite

September 9, 2015

M State wins the Central Lakes Invite at The Pines in Nisswa (par 72) shooting a 307 on day two for a total of 608. Central Lakes finished second, shooting a 324 on their way to a total 661 over the two days. Ryan Ames won medalist honors for the Spartans shooting an even par 72 and a 146 two-day total. M State's Joey Manthis and Chris Swenson tied individually for 2nd place with two-day totals of 151. The Spartans' team scoring average through five rounds is 303.

Team Scores:
1. M State 301 (Day 1)+ 307 (Day 2)=608
2. Central Lakes College 337+324=661
3. Hibbing CC 345+332=677
4. Mesabi Range 377+345=722

M State Individual Scores:
Ryan Ames 74 (Day 1)+72 (Day 2)= 146 (Medalist)
Joey Manthis 74+77= 151
Chris Swenson 73+78=151
Frank Lundquist 80+80=160
Levi Soydara 77+86=163
Ryan Smith 80+89=169
Will Storhaug 90+86=176
Cameron Kemen 91+95=186

Head Coach Jason Retzlaff said, "It was a solid team round today on a difficult course. Congrats to Ryan Ames on earning medalist honors by shooting even par today. Will Storhaug also had his best round of the year and really hit his driver well. It will be a lot of fun to be at home for the Spartan Invite."

The Spartans compete next at home on Sunday, Sept. 13, with the Spartan Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The two-day event concludes on Monday.

Ryan Ames hitting his approach shot on the first hole

Ryan Ames hitting his approach shot on the first hole
Jeff Haukos


Ames medals, Spartans lose by single shot

Aug. 31, 2015

M State finished second at the Bismarck State Invitational Tournament with a two-day total of 605, one shot behind the University of Jamestown. The Spartans had the low round of the day on Monday, shooting a team score of 309. Windy conditions made it a more difficult course Monday, the second day of the tournament.

Ryan Ames of Wahpeton, N.D., claimed medalist honors for the Spartans by shooting a -1 round of 71 on Monday for a two-day total of 143. Chris Swenson finished tied for third individually by shooting a 75 on Monday for a two day-total of 148.

Team Results:
1. Jamestown #1 Rd1-292, Rd2-312=604
2. M State 296-309=605
3. Valley City State 307-310=617
4. Jamestown #2 315-315=630
5. Dickinson State 319-323=642
6. Bismarck State 321-328=649
7. Lake Region State 334-350=684

M State Individual Scores:
Ryan Ames Rd 1- 72, Rd 2- 71=143 (Medalist)
Chris Swenson 73-75=148
Joey Manthis 77-80=157
Frank Lundquist 74-85=159
Levi Soydara 82-79=161
Ryan Smith 83-83=166
Cameron Kemen 82-87=169
Will Storhaug 91-90=180

Other Notable Finishes:
Zach Miller, Dickinson State 74-40=144 (2nd)
Nolan Frank Jamestown 72-76=148 (Tied 3rd)

"It was a bittersweet day," said Spartan Coach Jason Retzlaff. "As a competitor, it's difficult to take losing by one shot, and all of our players and coaches felt that way. We had another great chance to beat a very good four-year university in Jamestown again and coming up a fraction short stings a little. It illustrates a perfect lesson for our players to stay focused on every shot, as it can literally be a difference at the end of the day.

"There were many positives. We shot the low round on Monday despite a much more difficult wind situation. Ryan Ames was awesome, and shooting under par over a two-day stretch is some great golf. He consistently drove the ball long and straight and gave himself many birdie chances. Chris Swenson was also very solid and finished strong both days. He is very close to putting up some special rounds."

The Spartans will next compete in Brainerd on Sept. 7 and 8.

Chris Swenson

Chris Swenson
Jeff Haukos


Spartans in 2nd Place after Day 1 at BSC Invitational

August 30, 2015

The M State Spartans landed in second place after Day 1 at the Bismarck State College Invitational at Prairie West Golf Course (Par 72) in Mandan, N.D. M State shot 296, right behind Jamestown College's 292.

Ryan Ames led the Spartans with an even par 72. The Spartans had three other players in the 70s: Chris Swenson (73), Frank Lundquist (74) and Joey Manthis (77). Jamestown had three players shoot even par.

M State Individual Day 1 Scores:
Ryan Ames 72
Chris Swenson 73
Frank Lundquist 74
Joey Manthis 77
Ryan Smith 83
Levi Soydara 82
Cameron Kemen 82
Will Storhaug 91

Notable Individuals:
Zach Miller- Dickinson State 70
Nolan Frank- U of Jamestown 72
Trent Hagenson- U of Jamestown 72
Brandon Stahlhut- U of Jamestown 72

Team Results Day 1:
1. U of Jamestown 292
2. M State Fergus Falls 296
3. Valley City State 307
4. U of Jamestown 2 315
5. Dickinson State University 319
6. Bismarck State College 321
7. Lake Region State College 334

"I'm very pleased with our performance," Coach Jason Retzlaff said. "It was a course none of the guys have ever played on, and we came in with a sub-300 team score in 90 degree heat. As a team we didn't make a lot of birdies, but more importantly we didn't make many bogies. We were very steady overall.

"Ryan Ames played great to lead us, while Chris Swenson and Frank Lundquist struck the ball beautifully today. Jamestown is an excellent team that played very well this afternoon. It will be a great challenge and a lot of fun to try to chase them down tomorrow."

The Spartans teed off at 9 am, Monday morning for Day 2.

Joey Manthis rolling in a putt at Jamestown Country Club

Joey Manthis rolling in a putt at Jamestown Country Club
Jeff Haukos


Golfers Open Season with Five-Shot Victory Over Jamestown

Aug. 26, 2015

The M State men's golf team opened the season with a five-shot victory over Jamestown College, shooting a team score of 302. Sophomore Joey Manthis (returning 2nd team All-American) earned medalist honors with a one-under-par round of 71. Manthis shot a five-under-par back nine of 31.

Spartan freshman Ryan Ames was the individual runner-up, shooting a 73. Chris Swenson finished 7th with a 77.

Team Results:

1. M State 302
2. University of Jamestown 307
3. Valley City State University 325
4. University of Jamestown (2nd team) 327
5. Bismarck State College 334
6. Dickinson State 357
7. M State (2nd team) 364

M State Individual Results:

Joey Manthis 71 (Medalist)
Ryan Ames 73 (Runner-Up)
Chris Swenson 77
Levi Soydara 81
Frank Lundquist 83
Josh McLaughlin 83
Ryan Smith 88
Will Storhaug 96
Cameron Kemen 97

"It was a great start to the season coming out on top against some excellent competition including a number of more experienced four-year universities," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff. "The opening round jitters were evident early in the round, but we really started to hit some quality shots as the day progressed.

"We have only two players with college golf experience, and I felt we showed some nice poise after a slow start to the day. Although it was great to come out on top, we know we can play better and look forward to working hard as a group to improve as the season moves forward."

Retzlaff said Manthis' was "outstanding today as his putter caught fire on the back nine," and Ryan Ames had a "great" Spartan debut.

The Spartans next compete in Mandan, N.D., on Aug. 29-30 in a two day tournament hosted by Bismarck State College.

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.

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