The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team picked a great time to catch on fire.
Last Tuesday the team shot some of their best scores of the season at the Class AA, Section 2A South Sub-Section Boys Golf Tournament played at North Links Golf Course in Mankato.
While as a team the Bucs shot a total 349 which put them into fourth place, their individual scores were good enough that four Bucs qualified to advance to the Section 2AA Meet which will be held today, Monday, June 3 at the New Prague Golf Course.
Zach Curtis led the way for the Buccaneers by firing the team's first sub-40 score for nine holes. He carded an 18-hole total 82 (43-39).
Logan Jacobs came in with an 87 (44-43), Taylor Olson an 88 (45-43) and Trevor Zierke a 92 (46-46).
All four made the cut to advance to the Section Tournament.
"We finally put it all together in one meet," says Buc coach Travis Armstrong. "I was very impressed with our guys today. The best 18-hole average we had going into today's tournament was 92. Today we had four guys shoot that or better."
The coach says the team's 349 tally was something he always knew the Bucs were capable of, but had eluded them all season.
"Logan Jacobs picked the perfect day to have his personal best round of the year with an 87," Armstrong continued. "It is nice to see his practice time pay off."
The Bucs' Taylor Olson is a double Section qualifier. He first qualified for the Section Track Meet, then followed it up with a qualifying round of golf.
He will be competing in track on Saturday, June 1, then in golf on Monday, June 3.
Buc coach Armstrong had some comments about BEA's fourth Section qualifier as well.
"Trevor (Zierke) did not have his best round, but it was good enough to qualify for the Section Tournament," the coach says.
"He is streaky enough to make a run at the field Monday everyone starts fresh in New Prague."
The Bucs nearly had a fifth player qualify for the Section. The cut off score was 93 and BEA's Connor Thielfoldt came in with a 94 (43-51).
"Connor had six penalty strokes on his first nine holes," Armstrong says. "Without those, he, too, would have been comfortably inside the cut line as well."
The coach says Thielfoldt made the most progress of any player on the team this season.
Mankato East won the Sub-Section Tournament with a score of 312. St Peter was second with 331, Fairmont third at 338.
In fifth was Waseca at 366, Maple River sixth with 389 and NRHEG seventh with 402.