The Blue Earth Area boys golf squad almost pulled off an upset versus Fairmont, but ended up falling to the Cardinals 183-188 at Interlaken last Tuesday.
Zach Curtis jumped out to a great start. He was even through his first five holes, but found bunker trouble on six and three putted the seventh hole. He finished with a 43 (11 South Central Conference points) and ended up being six-over for his last four holes.
"That stretch broke his momentum and he stumbled in a bit, but still had the second lowest score of the day," coach Travis Armstrong says.
Connor Thielfoldt contributed a 47 (10 SCC points) and parred three of his last four holes.
Trevor Zierke shot a 48 (nine SCC points) and Lane Anderson and Luke Monson finished with a 50 (six SCC points each).
Mitch Phingsten was the medalist firing an even-par 37. He birdied two of his last four holes, earning 12 SCC points.
"I feel we are getting closer and hope we can get over the hump at home against Waseca next week in our final conference match," Armstrong adds.
The Buccaneers carded a team total of 396, which was good for 13th place at the Fairmont Invite on May 3.
The Bucs were led by Zach Curtis' 84. He shot a 39 on the front side and paired it with a 45 on the tougher back nine.
Connor Thielfoldt contributed a 91 and according to coach Travis Armstrong, was battling a bit of a swing change.
Luke Monson shot a 109 and Tanner Wickersham had a 112.
The Buccaneers were short handed with Lane Anderson attending a family obligation and Trevor Zierke was sick.
Marshall came away with the low team score of 310. New Ulm finished second with a 329 and Mankato West rounded out the top three with a 334.
Marshall golfer Matt Bennett was the medalist with an even par 72. Cordell Weber was second shooting a 1-over 73 and Mitch Phingsten from Fairmont finished third with a 3-over 75.
New Ulm 169, BEA 186
The Blue Earth Area boys golf squad fell to the top ranked New Ulm Eagles, 169-186, on May 2.
Zach Curtis led the way for the Bucs by shooting a 42 and earned 11 South Central Conference points. He finished the last three holes 1-under. Curtis birdied the par-5 ninth hole to wrap up his round.
"I was very pleased with Zach's round," coach Travis Armstrong says. "He is starting to become more consistent and is avoiding the real bad holes."
Trevor Zierke shot a 46 (seven SCC points); Connor Thielfoldt shot a 48 (six SCC points) and Luke Monson contributed a 50 (three SCC points).
"We played pretty well against a good team. New Ulm was the odds on favorite to win the conference and they showed why today," coach Travis Armstrong says. "The low score came from their fifth man. That just shows their depth and consistency."
Jonah Cooper earned 12 SCC points and he led the Eagles with a 40. Kelton Schmitz shot a 42; Ethan Kraus fired a 43 and Matt Saffert shot a 44.