Aitkin’s Sadlowsky finishes high school with style

Sam Sadlowsky (third from left) is shown here with his family after finishing in a tie for fourth at the Minnesota PGA Senior Showcase in Coon Rapids. Sadlowsky, a recent Aitkin High School graduate, shot a 1-under 71 at the tournament. Also shown here is his brother Bennett, father Dave and mother Jill.

It may not have been the exact ending that Sam Sadlowsky had been hoping for, but it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Sadlowsky was one of scores of Minnesota high school seniors to participate in the Minnesota PGA Senior Showcase June 9, tying for fourth after shooting a 1-under par at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

The boys’ tournament took place June 9, while the girls’ senior event was a day later.

Sadlowsky, who would have been part of the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin co-op team this spring had COVID-19 not canceled the spring Minnesota State High School League season, competed against some of the top golfers in the state, said coach Rich Aulie.

“Sam had one birdie, an eagle and two bogies to go along with 14 pars,” Aulie said.

The winner of the tournament was Gunner Broin of Chanhassen, who shot a 5-under 67 for medalist honors.

Cole Nasby of Edina was two shots back at 69, while Tony Asa of Eagan shot a 70.

Sadlowsky tied for fourth with Gavin Cronkhite of Lakeville, Ben Warlan of Hill-Murray and Joseph Thomas of Lakeville.

Warlan was the Class AA individual champion at last year’s MSHSL state tournament.

Sadlowsky said he was thrilled with the round.

“It was a great round,” he explained. “It was my career best and super fun. I had never played Bunker Hills before, but it was a great course.”

Sadlowsky started golfing when he was 3 years old, playing in his family’s backyard in St. Louis Park.

The family moved to Blue Lake in 2014, and Sadlowsky continued improving his game. As a junior, he missed qualifying for state by one stroke, and that became his senior-year goal – to make the MSHSL state tournament.

“I said, ‘I got next year, but ... not really,’” he explained about how the pandemic ended his season before it started. “This was a cool tournament to make up for it.”

Sadlowsky isn’t done with career. He will join the Concordia College team in Moorhead in the fall, and will play the Junior PGA tour events this summer to keep his game going.

In fact, the day before the Senior Showcase, Sam carded a 74 at Crosswoods in Crosslake, winning his age bracket (16-18) at the Junior PGA event.

“Just keep swinging is the biggest thing,” he said. “Playing these tournaments are going to keep me sharp and prepare me for college golf this coming year.”

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