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Making shots in the dark

By Staff | Apr 25, 2011

Andy Aukes

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team could adopt a modified version of the post office motto for their own.

“Neither cold nor gloom of night stays these players from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

At least it was true last Monday when the Bucs hosted the St. James Saints in an 18-hole meet on BEA’s home course.

Temperatures were hovering in the low 40s, and night fell before the event was over.

“We got the first two groups in before it got too dark,” says Buc Coach Travis Armstrong. “Connor (Hanson) and Slater Peterson) finished in the dark with my truck lights illuminating the 18th green.”

Buccaneer Andy Aukes birdied the last hole in the dark to finish with a 6-over par 78. He was the meet medalist.

BEA took the home opener, downing St. James by more than 50 strokes, 354 to 410.

Aukes had four birdies and shot a matching pair of 39s for his 78 total. Peterson came in with a consistent round of 43-42 for an 85.

Hanson carded a 49-45 for a 94, while Derek Abel’s 97 (49-48) rounded out BEA’s team score.

“If Derek and Connor could have avoided their scores above double bogey, they too would have had scores in the upper 80s,” Coach Armstrong points out. “Instead they had a couple of bad holes and their scores pushed into the 90s.”

St. James was led by Ben Reckow with an 89. Joey Steinle shot a 92, Darren Trickel a 110 and Mitchell Rettke a 119, for their team total of 410.

“All in all, a solid start for the boys,” the Buc mentor says. “I will take a 354 team score in April for sure.”

This was the first golf meet of the 2011 season for the Bucs.

“Now we know what each guy needs to work on,” Armstrong points out. “We can address that in practice.”