State Class A Boys Golf: BBE Brings Home Gear – West Central Tribune


BECKER — Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys’ golf coach Matt Goodwin didn’t even know his best golfer could even play golf until last year.

Goodwin coached Gannon Walsh on the B-quad boys basketball team a few years ago and Walsh, who moved to the BBE district his freshman year, was already playing tennis.

Everyone involved is happy to have understood. The guy is also a golfer.

The Jaguars, led by Walsh, finished third in the state’s Class A Men’s Golf Tournament Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

Walsh finished eighth overall, earning all-state honors. Fertile-Beltrami won her second straight Class A title, with a two-day total of 632. Duluth Marshall took second place with a 662, followed by BBE’s 680.

Cole Witherow of New Life Academy in Woodbury finished state champion with a two-day total of 146 after identical rounds of 73. He edged out defending state champion Rylin Petry of Fertile-Beltrami, who finished with a 147 after carding a 72 on Wednesday.

The real challenge for the Jaguars was staying ahead of Lakeview, who finished fourth with a 682.

“We knew coming in that we were one of the top four teams,” Walsh said. “Beating Lakeview by two shots was pretty special.”

BBE’s No. 2 golfer Brady Schwinghammer finished with a 165. Spencer Lunderberg finished third with a 183, hitting an 82 on Wednesday, 19 better than his round of 101 on Tuesday. The Jaguars’ fourth scorer was Jack Paulsen, who had a 184.

BBE’s Brady Schwinghammer competes in the State Class A Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

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Goodwin was delighted with the result. BBE, after qualifying for state for the first time, returns home with a third-place plate.

“Guys are extremely excited about this,” Goodwin said. “We have a very good group of guys here. We have four or five guys, who if they played their average round, we knew we would be there (in the mix for a top three spot).

It’s the last high school honor for Walsh, who has been extremely busy this spring. Golf at Pebble Creek was his second state tournament in two weeks.

His rounds of 75 and 80 for a total of 155 tied for eighth, of course. But that was all after spending the past week at the state’s Class A men’s tennis tournament, where he played singles for Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Minnewaska/BBE finished sixth in the state.

And it’s a family affair for Walsh. Head coach Tara Reichmann is his aunt. 1 singles player Tate Reichmann is his first cousin.

“I shot a really good round (Tuesday) other than two bad holes,” Walsh said. “Today was a very average day.”

Hearing what Walsh said, Goodwin chimed in. “He’s going to teach me lessons after this,” Goodwin said.

Walsh said he grew up playing tennis and golf with his family and decided to focus on tennis until he decided to try out for the golf team last season. His second season in 2020, like everyone else in Minnesota, was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I played baseball in eighth grade,” he said.

He was also a starter on the men’s basketball team that took second place in the Class A state tournament in March. You could say that these three months have been really good for Walsh, but it has been a special school year for the sports teams at BBE.

The football team made the state tournament. The wrestling team was also in the state tournament. Count the Men’s Tennis Co-op and BBE hosted five state tournaments this school year.

“It’s amazing,” Goodwin said. “In football, they hadn’t even won in three years and it was amazing to do that. The winter teams were really good. The wrestling team was ranked second coming into the state. And the boys’ basketball team was there.

BBE's Gannon Walsh hits his ball down the fairway as he competes in the State's Class A Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
BBE’s Gannon Walsh hits his ball down the fairway as he competes in the State’s Class A Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

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The golf team loses three seniors: Walsh, Paulson and Lundberg. Three juniors will be back on Wednesday: Schwinghammer, Eli Gregory and Matthew Walz.

Walsh said he was heading to Alexandria Technical & Community College to pursue his golf career. He is considering a major in computer information systems. He’ll walk up to Alex knowing that his high school career was pretty special, especially the last three months.

Team Score

(1) Fertile-Beltrami 323-309—632 … (2) Duluth Marshall 332-329—662 … (3) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 339-341—680 … (4) Lakeview 346-336—682 … (5) Moorhead Christian Park 355-347—702…. (6) United South Central 361-341—703 . (7) Woodbury New Life Academy 360-354—714 … (8) Rushford-Peterson 391-366—757


TOP EIGHT — (1) Cole Witherow, New Life Academy, 73-73—146 … (2) Rylin Petry, FB, 75-72—147 … (3) Noah Cullard-Bender, DM, 73-75—148 … (4) Hunter Schmidt, Martin County West, 76-73—149 … (5t) Tucker D’Allaird, DM, 79-75—154 … (5t) Tony Carlin, Fosston, 78-76—154 … (5t) Trevor Swonger, Underwood , 81-73—154 … (8t) Gannon Walsh, BBE, 75-80—155 … (8t) Jake Fishbaugher, Fillmore Central, 81-74—155
BBE — (8t) Walsh 75-80—155 …. Brady Schwinghammer 81-84—165 … Spencer Lundberg 101-82—183 … Jack Paulson 89-95—184 … Eli Gregory 94-97—191 … Matthew Walz 99-114—213
DAWSON-BOYD — Collin Swedzinski 89-75—164
TALKING LAKE VALLEY — Carson Besonen 81-84—165
MACCRAY — Gavin Husman 86-85—171
WEST RENVILLE COUNTY — Ryan Schrupp 85-86—171
BENSON— Isaac Minchow 95-87—182


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