ALHS golfers win 1982 state title

Published 11:02 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Albert Lea Tiger golf team captured the state 1982 championship in a 2-day spring format at Majestic Oaks Golf Club, rally past first-day leaders to win the title by eight strokes over 2nd place Edina.

This state title represents the 2nd team win for Albert Lea in a 30-year span, the first being the 1952 championship.

Winning players for the tigers were juniors Jon Christian, Bill Blanton sophmore Jon Montei and senior Rich Nelson.

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The championship was truly a team win over the wind-swept Twin Cities course. The lowest scoring Tiger was 14th in individual ranking by Banton and Christian at 159 each, followed by Nelson at 163 and Montei at 166.

With the state title, the Tiger golfers’ journey included first place finishes in the sub-region, region 1AA, then followed by the state team victory.

Coach Ken Ulman has a strong nucleus of linksmen for the 1983 year. He previously had an individual state champion with Mark Knutson in 1973 and another individual title holder with Chad Adams in 1989.

Ulman’s golf coaching career for 28 years, from 1963 through 1991, included 205 wins and 110 losses.

During this year’s inagural hall of fame event for Albert Lea High School, both an induction banquet on July 9 and a best-shot team tournament July 10, will be held at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. Banquet tickets at $35 and team four-some sign up at $80 per person are available online at

The banquet and golf tournament forms can be printed out, completed online, or sent with checks to: ALHS Athletic Hall of Fame, C/O Education Foundation, P.O. Box 828, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Banquet and golf registration must be in by June 25.

This fundraiser is established to hopefully reduce the participation fees for student athletes and encourage boys and girls to get involved in ALHS athletic programs.