Spartan golfers wrap up successful season

October 20, 2020

In a decidedly unusual season, the M State golf team returned to its traditional winning ways by earning top honors in four of its five meets this fall. The team’s season wrapped up Oct. 6.

The Spartans, who had their planned June trip to the 2020 national tournament cancelled by the pandemic, will now compete in the Region XIII championship in May with hopes to qualify for the 2021 national tournament. Prior to the pandemic, regional tournaments were played in October, at the conclusion of the regular fall season.

Carter Justesen (Hawley) and Wyatt Blomseth (Detroit Lakes) led the Spartans this fall. Justesen, with an outstanding scoring average of 75, earned medalist honors at the M State Triangular. Blomseth finished the season with a scoring average of 77 and earned medalist honors in the Spartan Invitational and the Valley City State dual meet in Detroit Lakes.

Rounding out the team were Grant Inniger (Barnesville), Jon Vall (Eau Claire, Wis.), Mike Vall (Eau Claire, Wis.), Hunter Burnside (Detroit Lakes), Drew Schwann (Detroit Lakes) and Canaan Kugler (Underwood). Sara Butler (Coon Rapids) competed for the women’s Spartan golf team.

“While there was nothing normal about the circumstances of this season, we are very thankful to have had the opportunity to compete this fall,” said coach Jason Retzlaff. “The last seven months put in perspective what a privilege it is to play competitive sports, and we’re grateful we could enjoy the game of golf this fall.”

The Spartan golf team was the only M State athletic team that had a fall season after the Minnesota College Athletic Conference cancelled football and volleyball due to the pandemic.

“This has been a tremendous group to coach and work with,” Retzlaff said. “They are very good players but even better young men and women to work with on a daily basis.  We look forward to coming back in the spring to compete for a national tournament trip.”

The M State golfers have qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Tournament for nine consecutive years and finished in the top five at every national tournament since 2012.