The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team came in with team total 342 at the South Central Conference Golf Meet at St. James on Monday.
That score put them in fifth place.
Waseca won the meet with a 312, New Ulm was second with 319, Fairmont in third at 333 and St. Peter claimed fourth with 339, just edging out Blue Earth Area. St. James was sixth at 378.
Andy Aukes led the way for the Bucs, coming in with a solid 39 on the front nine and 42 on the back including two triple bogeys for an 81.
"That was the theme of the day for the Bucs," Coach Travis Armstrong says. "A few bad holes."
"Derek Abel scrambled to a 45 on the front, but was sitting fine going into hole 18," Coach Armstrong says. "He made the right play by hitting an iron off the tee on the short par 4, but his ball clipped a tree and went out of bounds. His provisional also got gobbled up by the trees outside of the white stakes."
To add insult to injury, the coach says, Abel's mammoth long putt just lipped out of the cup for a seven and he had to settle for an eight.
That inflated his back nine to a 43 and an 88 total for the day.
Slater Peterson shot a 90, but also had a bad hole on No. 12, ending with an 11.
The three Buc underclassmen performed well, however, Armstrong points out.
Trevor Zierke scooted around the front nine with a 40, but his pace slowed a little bit on the back nine and he finished with an 85. Zach Curtis was right behind him with an 87.
Logan Jacobs had one of his best rounds of the year, coming in with a 91.
"Having all six scores at 91 or better is great," the Buc mentor says. "If we limit our mental errors and penalty strokes we can certainly put together a run in the post season."
Aukes was the lone Buccaneer to earn All-Conference honors. He finished tied for third for the season in total points in combination of dual meet results and the tournament.
This is Aukes's third consecutive year of finishing third in the SCC.
The Buc's Peterson finished just out of attaining All-Conference honors, which go to the top 10 players. He finished a very respectable 11th.
JCC 169, BEA 189
At the Blue Earth Area and Jackson County Central boys golf meet, held on Thursday, May 17 in Jackson, 41 was a popular number.
The Bucs' Slater Peterson came in with that score, tying with three Huskies players for medalist honors in the meet.
BEA's next lowest score was a 45 from Andy Aukes. Zach Curtis added a 48 and Trevor Zierke and Logan Jacobs tied with scores of 55. Right behind them was Connor Thielfoldt with a 56.
Buc coach Travis Armstrong says some very windy conditions on top of the hill at Jackson had some affect on the play.
"Andy was in good position on hole No. 8, but put two approach shots over the green and out of bounds and made a 10 on the hole,"Armstrong says. "I was thinking birdie there would have given him a 39."
Armstrong adds that Peterson's strong play to tie for medalist was a definite highlight of the day.