May 21, 2022

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Knights boys golf looks to make a splash in new conference

The WCA boys golf team won conference and Section titles last year, finishing fifth at the State Tournament.

Like the rest of West Central Area sports, the Knights boys golf team will be joining a new conference this season. The Knights will actually be a part of two conferences – the West Central Conference and the Quad County Conference.

“Quad county will be really balanced. We are new to the West Central Conference, so we don’t know the favorites,” said Kraig Hunter, who enters his 16th year as head coach of the WCA boys golf team.

For the past several years, Minnewaska, BOLD and Morris/C-A have claimed the top three spots in the West Central Conference.

The Knights are looking to continue their tradition of success as the WCA boys took fifth place at the Class A State Boys Golf Meet in 2021.

“We won every meet we played in last year through the section meet. We were Quad County Conference Champions and Section 6A Champions and took 5th place at State Class A,” Hunter said of last year’s highlights.

The Knights move up a class and will compete in Section 3AA, which was won by New London-Spicer last season. The Wildcats return all but one of their top six from 2021.

The Knights top returner is sophomore Mitch Dewey, who placed fourth at the Section 6A meet last season. He was all-conference along with Peyton Hanson, Sam Hanson, and Marshall Dewey.

“Mitch Dewey was our low scorer last year and Peyton Hanson was also very consistent for us. They will serve as team captains,” Hunter said. “Sam Hanson and Marshall Dewey were both young, but both made all-conference and both played a lot in the summer as well. We look for them to be steady players for us as well.”

Senior Devon Benson and junior Brett Amundson will be newcomers to the varsity team. Benson was an alternate for the Knights last year, Hunter said.

“We look for those two to be the top prospects for filling out our six-man roster,” Hunter said.

The goal is to compete within the conference and hopefully within Section 3AA come the end of the season.

“Be strong in the mental game, keep a good attitude, and demonstrate good course management,” Hunter said of the goals of the season. “We want to compete for the conference titles and see what we can do in Class AA come playoff time.”

The Knights boys golf team is slated to open the season at its own invitational Tuesday, April 12, at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course in Elbow Lake. Always check <pheasantconference.org> for all schedule changes and postponements during the spring season.