The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team put together a team total 347 at the St. Peter Invitational Golf Tournament to claim third place out of the seven teams competing.
BEA was led by Andy Aukes, who shot a 77 (38-39) on the course, and claimed the second best score of the day last Tuesday.
"It was a nice bounce-back round for Andy today," says Buc coach Travis Armstrong. "He was nine over par today, after going 22 over par yesterday (Monday) at St. James."
Zach Curtis came in with an 89 (44-45), while Derek Abel added a 90 (46-44) and Slater Peterson carded a 91 (45-46) for the Bucs.
Logan Jacobs also had a 91 (43-48) for BEA, and Connor Thielfoldt came in with a 108 (58-50).
"Connor stepped in for Trevor Zierke who was home ill," coach Armstrong explains. "He competed nicely for not knowing he was even going along until one hour before departure. I am sure he would have wanted his varsity debut to be better, but he now has it out of the way and if ever called upon again, his nerves might be a little better."
Prior Lake won the tournament with a 326, while St. Peter was second with 336. After the Bucs, Bethlehem Academy was fourth with 358, NRHEG came in fifth at 365, Maple River was sixth with 398 and FAIR was seventh at 503.
Chase cooper of Prior Lake took medalist honors with a 74.
St. James incomplete
The Blue Earth Area Bucs boys golf team scored a conference win in St. James last Monday, totaling a 357 tally, while the Saints had an incomplete score.
Zach Curtis was the medalist and led BEA with an 83.
Derek Abel and Slater Peterson both shot 90 and Andy Aukes came in with a 94.
"Andy made a 10 on his first hole and it spiraled down from there," Coach Travis Armstrong says. "The lesson to be learned is that you can't let a bad hole ruin their whole day."
Armstrong says Curtis applied what he had learned at Jordan over the weekend to his game at St. James and it made all the difference.
"At Jordan he was too aware of his score and realized he was playing well with three holes to play," Armstrong explains. "Those three holes he played five over par and he was dejected. Today I asked him his score with two holes to go and he did not even know."
Besides the four scores that counted for the team total, Trevor Zierke shot a 95 and Logan Jacobs a 99.
That put all the Buc golfers under 100 for the first time this year.
"All the guys just need to keep learning these lessons and apply them to future rounds," Armstrong says. "The mechanics of the golf swing are pretty far down on the list of things that will improve your score." BEA 7th at
The Buccaneer boys golf team was fortunate to play two rounds at the home of the upcoming State Golf Tournament in Jordan.
"We had tee times that kept us out of the majority of the rain over the two days," Coach Travis Armstrong says. "We did not play our best, but that is a tough course with lots of hazards and longer holes than we are used to playing."
After the first day, Friday, April 20, Andy Aukes was tied for third with a 78.
Derek Abel had a 90, Zach Curtis a 93 and Slater Peterson a 98, for a team total 359 and an eighth place position.
The other two Bucs golfers included Trevor Zierke with a 100 and Logan Jacobs with a 109.
The second day, Saturday, Aukes again came in with a 78, finishing third overall.
Abel had a 92, but had some trouble on hole No. 12.
"He had some hazard trouble and dunked a few balls in the pond to top it off," Armstrong says. "But, he did not let it get to him."
Abel had 80 strokes on the other 17 holes, with all fours and fives.
"That was crucial for Derek," Armstrong says. "He learned that is possible to turn in a respectable score with one really bad hole, if the other 17 are bogeys or better."
Curtis struggled to finish with a 90 after playing great in the middle of the second round. Zierke shot a 98 to finish out the Bucs scoring with a 358 for day two.
Peterson and Jacobs each shot a 104 on Saturday.
The Bucs were able to climb out of eighth and passed Fairmont to take seventh place out of the eight teams.
This week the Bucs play at Belle Plaine on Tuesday and at New Ulm on Friday, Fairmont on Saturday.