Five girls, 2 boys advance
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls golf team failed to move on as a team to the Section Meet, but they did manage to have five of the team members advance individually.
The Bucs were third as a team at the Sub-Section Meet held last Tuesday night in Dodge Center. They shot a team total of 375.
Mankato East came in with a 366 for first, while Fairmont shot a 369 for second. Only the top two teams move on to the Section Meet.
However, individual golfers also move on, and the Bucs had five team members make the cut to advance to the Section.
“The girls really played well in this tournament,” Buc Coach Al Cue says. “In the most important meet of the season, they went out and shot their best 18-hole round of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to advance as a team. But, to have five individuals advance is a great accomplishment.”
Jessica Skaare led the way for the team, breaking 90 with an 89 (46-43).
Autumn Drake came in with a 92 (47-45) to also advance.
Also moving on for BEA are Olivia Skaare, who carded a 96 (44-52), Morgan Dickman with a 98 (52-46), and Tessa Huber who shot an even 100 (52-48).
The Bucs other varsity score was a 108 (52-56) by Sam Hogstad.
The Section Meet is Friday, June 4 at Belle Plaine.
The Bucs ended their season as a team with a 29-13 overall record.
Two Buccaneer boys golf team made the cut at the Sub-Section Meet in Dodge Center last Tuesday and will advance to the Section Meet on Friday in Belle Plaine.
Sophomore Andy Aukes battled the heat to come in with a one-under par 70. He was edged out of the best score of the day by Fairmont’s Myles Pfingsten, who carded a 70.
Also advancing is Buccaneer senior Nate Glimsdal, who saved his best round of the year for the Sub-Section Meet. He came in with a 77 to take the sixth place overall and advance on.
As a team the Bucs took fourth, but were only six shots out of second place. The top two teams advance to the Section.
BEA shot a 329. Fairmont was first with a score of 300, followed by Waseca with 323 and Kasson-Mantorville at 325.
“The Bucs had one of their best team rounds of the year at Dodge Center today,” says coach Travis Armstrong. “With only two teams advancing to the Section, we knew it was going to be a tough battle.”
Armstrong says he was glad Aukes was able to finish his round.
“Last year he had to withdraw from the Sub-Section due to heat-related issues,” he says. “He was suffering again on Tuesday, but he fought through it and refused to pick up his ball.”
Aukes had finished one-under par 35 on the front nine, before the heat started to get to him on the back nine.
However, he put together a string of eight straight pars before getting a bogey on the final hole. That came after he splashed a shot in the water hazard.
Glimsdal had told his coach he wanted to get his score into the 70s sometime this year, and he finally did.
“He was a plus-one 38 on the front nine,” Armstrong says. “He got the job done by shooting a 39 on the back nine.”
Slater Peterson shot an 86 (44-42), just missing the cut off score of 83 to advance to the Section.
Bodey Bell had one of his better rounds of the year with a 95, hitting his driver very well, Armstrong says.
Jacob Black shaved 10 strokes off his conference meet score and came in with a 98. Chris Sundquist came in with an even 100 (52-48) in his last meet as a Buc.
“Chris was fun to have on the team and he certainly will be missed,” Armstrong says.
“I was really impressed by the team today,” he adds. “After shooting so poorly at the SCC tournament in Fairmont, they could have easily folded up the tents. Instead, they came to Dodge Center to battle for a spot in the Section Tournament. We just came up a little short.”