“This was quite a good way to end a high school sporting career,” said Aitkin assistant golf coach Mike Statz speaking about Gobbler senior Sam Sadlowsky, who shot a remarkable one-under-par 71 to place fourth among the best seniors in the state at a tournament staged by the PGA of Minnesota at Bunker Hills on Tuesday, June 9.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, which canceled the 2020 high school golf season, the annual Minnesota State High School League sponsored State Golf Tournaments were also shelved.
But the state PGA decided to host a state tourney of their own, inviting 111 of the best seniors in the state to Bunker Hills Golf Course for a one-day event.
Calling it the “Minnesota PGA Senior Showcase,” the tourney also featured the health protocols set forth by the state government concerning such events during the coronavirus pandemic. Those protocols included no caddies, no crowds, no touching the pins and scores being tabulated electronically instead of on a hand-held scorecard.
Sadlowsky’s 71 placed him fourth among the best senior boy golfers in the state and ostensibly made him an All-stater.
Speaking of this unique golf experience, Sadlowsky said, “The whole set-up by the state PGA was so well done. And to be able to tee it up with the best in my graduating class from around the state was really special.”
Sam’s father, Dave, is a graduate of Albany High School and is presently the head PGA Golf Professional at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.