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Knudson wins first meet of career to lead Grand Forks Central to East Region golf title

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East Region meet champ Ethan Knutson blasts out of a sandtrap on hole 4 at the Grand Forks Country Club as second place finisher Cole Johnson of West Fargo Sheyenne looks on Tuesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Grand Forks Central senior Ethan Knudson had never been a meet medalist.

His team, the Knights, hadn't won the East Region meet for as long as anyone at the Grand Forks Country Club on Tuesday could remember.

Those streaks were stopped at the region meet, where Knudson shot a meet-low 72 to lead the Knights to a team title—topping Grand Forks Red River by a single stroke.

"It's amazing," Central coach Josh Cichy said. "I'm so proud of him. He's come a long way. If I could pick one kid to win, it would be him."

Knudson, who worked at the Country Club this past summer, shot a 34 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine.

Knudson had taken second at a meet at Village Green in Moorhead to start the year, but that was as close to medalist honors as he has come.

"I didn't make a lot of mistakes today, and I putted pretty well," Knudson said. "I have been playing better the whole year. I could feel it coming. Yesterday, I just felt my putts were going to drop for me today."

Knudson beat out West Fargo Sheyenne's Cole Johnson by one stroke. Red River's Adam Van Raden was two back with a 74 and Van Raden's teammate Keaton Wolf was three back in fourth with a 75.

"(Knudson's) mental game keeps him playing well throughout a round," Cichy said. "He has a smile on his face no matter how he's playing."

The region meet featured light rain and winds—a typical local spring day, Cichy said.

"It's nothing new," he said. "They play the same stuff every spring. It's a tough course. The scores won't be lights out here. We have to stay steady and cam and plod your way around the course."

Central's other scorers included Cole Hanson's 78, Brady McGarry's 79 and Carson Seng's 81.

Red River, meanwhile, was led by Van Raden and Wolf, as well as an 80 from Gavin Loscheider and an 82 from Zach Hinchberger.

Fargo Davies finished five strokes behind Red River in third with 316. West Fargo Sheyenne was fourth with 319 strokes.

The Grand Forks Country Club hosts the North Dakota state Class A meet next Monday and Tuesday.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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