Golf: Cloquet Invitational tees off on Friday

Defending champion Taylor Sundbom is not in the field for the 54-hole event as he pursues spots in PGA Tour Canada events.

Alex Kolquist
Alex Kolquist hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the Cloquet Invitational at Cloquet Country Club in 2015.
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CLOQUET — A new champion will be crowned on Sunday at the 91st Cloquet Invitational at Cloquet Country Club.

Four-time and 2021 winner Taylor Sundbom is not in the field. Sundbom made a clean sweep of the Northland's three most prestigious golf events last year, winning at Cloquet and in the Arrowhead (Ridgeview Country Club) and Northland invitationals. He is pursuing PGA Tour Canada events after earning conditional status earlier this year. His brother Trent, a contender in his own right, is entered.

Alex Kolquist was the 2020 winner, and he's in the field, as well as 2021 runner-up Sam Baker. Baker led the Cloquet High School team to a Class AA state championship in 2021 and qualified for the US Junior Amateur before finishing two shots behind Sundbom at last year's event.

Jim Stafford, the 2018 champion, is entered, as is 2016 champion Aaron Young.

A field of more than 170 golfers tees off Friday in the first of three rounds.

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