Forest Lake hosted its first citywide golf tournament to find the best area golfer in a field of 31 over the weekend.
Tournament coordinator Max Stephens said the event went according to plan, thanks to each of the three Forest Lakes golf courses (Castlewood, Tanners Brook and Forest Hills) that hosted an 18-round day as part of the competition.
“It went great, everybody loved it,” Stephens said. “They (golf pros) did a great job of sending everyone off at the start and scorekeeping — it was a very professionally run tournament.”
St. Cloud State sophomore Drew Massey claimed the title, finishing four strokes over par with scores of 76-74-74.
Thirty-one golfers competed in the three-day, three-course tournament, each representing one of the three Forest Lake golf courses. Play was at Castlewood on Friday, Tanners Brook on Saturday and Forest Hills on Sunday.
Massey represented Tanners Brook Golf Course. Taking second place was fellow Tanners Brook golfer, Gary Lawson, at 78-74-74. Bill Lawson of Castlewood took third with scores of 74-79-76.
Forest Hills golfers Jeremy Tetrault and Travis Galleberg tied for fourth overall with a cumulative score of 231.
Tanners Brook golfers averaged 81.27 on the weekend, while Castlewood competitors averaged a score of 81.38, followed by Forest Hills representatives (82.67).
“This just shows how challenging our area courses are, because we have good golfers around here — this is some amazing golf,” Stephens said.
Stephens said the tournament is the start of a strong tradition for Forest Lake and he hopes to expand the event to include senior, women and junior divisions next year given the amount of participators and spectators that ventured out this weekend.
“Things don’t always go as planned, but in this case it did,” Stephens said. “Next year we’ll be even bigger and better.”