It was a squeaker.
But, when the scores were totaled, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had edged the Fairmont Cardinals by just three strokes in a dual boys golf meet last Tuesday in Fairmont.
The Bucs won 343-346.
Fairmont's Josh Baldus was the medalist, carding a 78, but BEA had the next four lowest scores of the day all under 90.
Derek Abel led the way with an 83, while Slater Peterson came in with an 85, Andy Aukes with an 87 and Zach Curtis an 88.
That gave the team their 343 total.
Also scoring for the Buccaneers was Trevor Zierke with a 90 and Connor Thielfoldt with 115.
"I have tried to tell the guys that every stroke counts in every match," Buc coach Travis Armstrong says. "Finally I was right."
Armstrong says he stressed how important it was to score well on the inward holes, because the match was so tight at the turn.
"I told them to try to conserve strokes whenever possible," he says. "They were able to do that and come out with the win."
This week the Buc golf team travels to Waseca on Tuesday and Jackson County Central on Thursday.
BEA takes 5th
at Fairmont Invitational
In a rain shortened invitational golf tournament in Fairmont on Saturday, May 5, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team came in with a score of 164 and claimed fifth place in the 12 team tourney.
"The Fairmont coach was able to find nine common holes for all players since we started on different holes and played between 16 and 18 holes before the deluge," BEA coach Travis Armstrong says. "Pairing it down helped some of the guys. They were able to drop some of their bad holes since not everyone played those holes."
Slater Peterson shot a 39 on the selected nine holes to lead the Bucs. His score was good for eighth place in the tourney.
Derek Abel carded a 40 which was good for 11th place.
"Both Slater and Derek were on the verge of a good round," Armstrong says. "So, it was nice to see them play so well."
Andy Aukes added a 42 for the Bucs, while Trevor Zierke carded a 43.
Marshall won the multi-team tourney, coming in with a 156.
Five teams were bunched up with close scores in the 160s.
Albert Lea was second with a 161, Fairmont and Champlin Park tied for third with 162 each and the Bucs 164 was good for fifth. Waseca had a 166 for sixth.
Five more teams were separated by one stroke in the 170s.
Windom was seventh at 173, St. Peter was eighth at 174, Worthington ninth at 175, JCC 10th at 176, Luverne 11th at 177 and Pipestone 12th at 199.