HIGH SCHOOL GOLF NOTEBOOK: DeBates brothers, Brockberg aim for state


Pipestone Area Schools sophomore Matt DeBates is set to lead the Arrows boys golf contingent for the 2023-24 season.

The season began officially on Tuesday with a home quadrangular also featuring Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton, Canby and Murray County Central at Pipestone Country Club.

PAS head coach Craig Boeddeker has penned in DeBates as the No. 1 golfer. The following golfers also are expected to form the Arrows’ top-five list: Max Taubert, Jackson Morgan, Will DeBates and Brayden Burmeister, with the last three all seniors.

Pipestone Area Schools’s golfers Will DeBates takes his swings during a mid-March practice at the Pipestone Country Club driving range. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

Boeddeker reported two more players could crack the list as promising newcomers, Toryn Schroyer and Gavyn Rowden.

Overall, 14 boys in high school and junior high are on this year’s squad.

Braxton Thompson is a key loss to graduation, having qualified for the Minnesota State High School League Class AA state tournament as a junior. He shot a two-day total of 163 at the 2023 Section 3AA meet, placing in a four-way tie for 19th, which included teammate Will DeBates.

Boeddeker discussed the strengths and the areas of development for the Arrows.

“We have some long ball hitters,” the coach commented. “We have four or five kids who can carry 260 to 275 yards. It’s a matter of these kids playing consistently.”

Club selection and course management will be the obvious keys to success.

“We have to be able to compete with Luverne and Marshall,” Boeddeker said. “We definitely need to finish in the top-five in (the Big South) conference. We are capable of doing that, or better, and we have to get into the second day of the section.”

Unlike other states, in Minnesota, golfers are cut after the first round based on performance — a jagged, little pill to swallow if you don’t golf your best right from the start.

Thanks to Minnesota’s topsy-turvy weather, practice time at the Pipestone Country Club driving range has been limited. Students must use a golf simulator indoors on their own as a means of betterment.

For the boys, the season will ramp up soon with a weekend, 18-hole tournament at Worthington on Saturday, April 20. Two days later, there is a Big South Conference South Division event on Monday, April 22, at Redwood Falls Golf Club.

Girls preview

PAS will field a golf squad of two yet again this season with sophomores Vivian Brockberg and Olyvia Weber.

Vivian Brockberg, shown here practicing during a mid-March training session, finished in a tie for seventh place last Saturday at a windy tournament in Worthington. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

It’s going to be a matter of Brockberg and Weber getting enough seasoning in possibly advancing to the second day at the Section 3AA meet.

“We just have to get back into the swing of things,” first-year head coach Grant Everson said. Everson takes over as head girls’ golf coach from Steve Rops. “ I have to learn what both girls need to be successful. I want the girls to improve on their scores from last year, and I would love for them to have a shot at making it to the second day of sections.”

Worthington Invite serves as girls opener

WORTHINGTON — Three Pipestone County girls finished among the top-10 golfers at the Worthington Invitational on Saturday at gusty Worthington Country Club.

The National Weather Service reporting station in Worthington recorded a peak gust of 49 mph during play, which affected the final scores.

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Shae O’Leary fired a 99, which was good enough for third place overall. Brynn Gustafson of Fairmont and Murray County Central’s Ava Johnson both carded 97s as the top-two medalists.

Brockberg deadlocked with R-T-R’s Teigyn O’Leary for seventh overall, with both girls shooting 108. Others competing were Izzy Thomas and Shelby Korman for the Knights, who finished third with a team total of 455.

Worthington won its own meet (437).

BOYS GOLF

Pipestone Area Schools

2024 Season Schedule

April

9, QUADRANGULAR with Canby, Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton and Murray County Central; 16, TRIANGULAR, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and Windom; 18, at Worthington; 20, at Worthington Invitational, Worthington Country Club; 22, at Big South Division Event, at Redwood Falls; 25, REDWOOD VALLEY; 29, at Big South Division Event, at Worthington Country Clu

May

4, at Big South Division Event, Worthington Country Club; 6, at Windom Invitational, 18-hole meet; 9, TRIANGULAR, Jackson County Central and Worthington; 13, at Big South Championship, Dacotah Ridge, Morton; 23, Section 3A Tournament, first day, at Oakdale Golf Club, Buffalo Lake; 29, Section 3A Tournament, second day, at Oakdale Golf Club, Buffalo Lake

June

11-12, Minnesota State High School League Class AA tournament, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan

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GIRLS GOLF

Pipestone Area Schools

2024 Season Schedule

April

6, at Worthington Invitational, Worthington Country Club; 9, QUADRANGULAR with Canby, Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton and Murray County Central; 16, WINDOM; 18, at Worthington; 22, at Big South Division Event, Marshall Country Club, Marshall; 25, REDWOOD VALLEY; 29, BIG SOUTH DIVISION EVENT

May

4, at Fairmont Invitational, Fairmont-Interlaken Golf Club; 6, at Big South Division Event, Luverne Country Club; 9, TRIANGULAR, Jackson County Central and Worthington; 13, at Big South Championship, Dacotah Ridge, Morton; 22, Section 3A Tournament, first day, at Oakdale Golf Club, Buffalo Lake; 29, Section 3A Tournament, second day, at Oakdale Golf Club, Buffalo Lake

June

11-12, Minnesota State High School League Class AA tournament, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan

Editor’s Note: All home tournaments are played at the Pipestone Country Club.