Lakeville’s Doeden Captains the Course
Justin Doeden of Lakeville South High School class of 2013 is ready to captain Cardinal Stritch University to a Colgate Invitational championship. Doeden who plays for Stritch in Milwaukee, says that he hopes to finish in the top 10 at the upcoming Colgate Invitational Tournament. Doeden is the team’s newest captain (as a sophomore) and they are expecting big things from the youngster. Doeden goes from being a freshmen with little responsibility – only needing to keep his GPA at a 3.0; to a captain that must maintain GPA and also pick 5 team members to attend tournaments.
Doeden has never been one to shy away from competition or ambition. Lakeville South and Lakeville North were often rivals, playing in the same tournaments as one another. The Albert Lea Invitational in 2012 hosted both schools with South finishing first and North finishing 3rd. North finished 5 shots off the winning pace. Doeden led his club with a tournament low 68 (-4). Lakeville North, Doeden recalls, “had two of the top players in the state.” Doeden is referring to Lakeville North’s twins Freddy and Bobby Thomas. Both competed in the Minnesota State Tournament and were both considered part of the “Top 5 players in the state” according to Lakeville North coach Steve Sabetti.
Justin Doeden believes ice is in his veins; the twins didn’t faze him. Neither did the Mankato State University head golf coach. Justin was playing at a course in Alexandria Minnesota with the Mankato State head coach and they were all even going into a par 5. Justin launched a tee shot down the fairway and proceeded to knock a 3 wood (2nd shot) within 8 feet of the cup. Doeden rolled the putt in and the Mankato coach offered him a scholarship as the ball made that sweet bottom of the cup sound. Justin is not afraid of the moment; he lives for it.
Doeden is an accomplished all-around athlete. He had Division 1 offers to play hockey but says golf has been his passion since his father (Dean Doedon) took him under his wing.
Currently Cardinal Stritch is ranked 25th among the Division 2 schools and heading into his first season as captain Doeden is looking to shrink that number. He posted a 73.8 shooting average as a freshman and says he will set his sights on 72 as his shooting average at the end of the ’14-’15 season. The first tournament happens to be at Seven Oaks in New York. Doeden says the upcoming 14-hour bus ride will be great for “team bonding” and hopes that they will have time to get fresh legs under themselves.
Doeden is already doing his part to gel this team and assert himself as a leader. This past season he took an incoming recruit to Miller Park for a Brewers’ day game. He paid for the guy’s lunch and they talked about what they can do for Cardinal Stritch. Doeden is a down-to-earth young man who is poised to win. He knows his strong suit is to “putt for dough, not drive for show”.
Oddly enough though Doeden’s favorite golf movie is Tin Cup where Kevin Costner can hit like Happy Gilmore and his favorite player happens to be long ball hitter Tiger Woods. A great movie and a great player Justin, I wouldn’t argue that. It could be that Doeden wishes he could hit the long ball like Woods, just like any aspiring pro tour golfer. So I will give you a break on that buddy.
Doeden also appreciates the name, Top 5 Masters finisher, Jordan Spieth is making for himself, and says that he watches Spieth very closely. Spieth is 20 years old and had a shot at winning this year’s Masters.
Everyone get behind this young man. He had dreams of golfing for the hometown Gophers but was not offered. A top-10 finish at Colgate’s invitational would increase his chances of the Gophers extending an offer. Bright young man with a bright future. Good luck out there Justin!
Additional Interview with Doeden available here:
Posted Date:- June 10, 2014
Posted By:- Will McDonald
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