Trojan golfers overcome the weather in tourney

Sports Editor

April showers cannot deter Wayzata boys

The weather for the Holy Family-Wayzata Invitational boys golf tourney was much less than ideal April 19, but the Wayzata boys didn’t seem to mind.

Senior Van Holmgren was the medalist with a 73 as the Trojans took the title at Wayzata Country Club. Junior Tristan Nelko also had a good day with a 75, and senior Ben Frazzini got hot at the end of the round to shoot a 79.

“Ben was one over par for the last eight holes,” said Wayzata head coach Allan Christopherson.

As usual, Wayzata has a deep team this season. The same is true for the Trojans’ main Lake Conference rivals, Edina and defending state Class 3A champion Minnetonka.

“We’re going to have some battles with Edina and Minnetonka,” Christopherson predicted. “These are three of the best high school teams I’ve seen in a long time. We all go at least six deep with players who can score 75 or lower. We will see Minnetonka five or six times this year counting tournaments and Lake Conference matches.”

In its first Lake match of the season last week, the Trojans easily defeated Hopkins, 301-363. Senior Ian Mackenzie-Olson was the medalist for Wayzata with a 73.

“A lot of our guys went down to golf down south during the offseason,” said Christopherson. “They had some good rounds, and Ben Frazzini won a tournament in Phoenix about two months ago. We have great captains, and they organized some really good captains’ practices.”

In addition to seniors Holmgren, Mackenzie-Olson and Frazzini and junior Tristan Nelko, the Trojans’ varsity team includes senior Peder Larson, junior Matthew Johnson, sophomore Brendan Lee and eighth-grader Dylan Nelko.

“The guys are playing themselves into condition right now, trying to keep their drives on the fairways and trying to make every putt from 6 feet or less. We could see some really special things as we go forward.”

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