The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls golf team placed fourth in the New Ulm Invitational on Thursday afternoon.
It was their first meet of the season.
The Bucs scored a 408 as a team for the fourth place finish out of the eight teams in the invitational. They were just five strokes out of tying for third.
Fairmont came in first, shooting a 378 for the 18-hole event. Coming in second was Belle Plaine with a 394, and in third was Le Sueur-Henderson at 403.
Coming in fifth at the meet was St. Peter with 411.
In sixth was Jordan at 429; seventh was Glencoe-Silver Lake at 439; and in eighth was host team New Ulm with a 460.
BEA was led by Allie Curtis and Autumn Drake.
Curtis fired a 50 on the front nine and a 45 on the back for an 18-hole total 95. Her score was good to put her in 10th place overall for all the golfers competing.
Drake was right behind her with a 96. She shot a 46 on the front and came in with a 50 on the back.
Her 96 put her in 11th place overall, right behind Curtis.
Natali Fellows fired a 104 on the New Ulm course, with a 51 on the front and a 53 on the back. That score put her in a tie for the 14th best score of the day.
The Buccaneer's fourth score for the team total came from Emily Davids who shot a 113, with a 59 on the front and a 54 on the back.
BEA's other two varsity golfers, Anna Aukes and Aeli Olson, carded a 115 (57- 58) and 122 (62-60) respectively.
Davids took 27th overall, while Aukes was placed 30th and Olson came in at the 36th place.
Ellen Hammes of Le Sueur-Henderson earned the medalist honors at the invitational by carding an 86 (45-41).
"This was a pretty good first outing for the girls," says Buc coach Al Cue. "We shot much better than we did in the same meet last year."
The coach says he expects scores to continue to be lower.
"There is still plenty of room for improvement," he adds. "But this is a decent starting point."
This week the Bucs are scheduled to play at St. Peter on Monday at the Shoreland Country Club. Then they will host Martin County West on Friday, one of only three home golf meets this year.
The Buccaneer boys will start their 2012 season at St. Peter's Shoreland course on Monday as well.