BEA golfers fall prey to New Ulm Eagles
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team returned to the New Ulm Country Club last Monday to take on the Eagles.
“The boys struggled a little bit today,” Coach Travis Armstrong explains. “I’m not sure if it was the meet being held on a non-school day that disrupted their normal routines or what it was, but everyone was a little off.”
The Bucs fell 355-371 to the Eagles.
Andy Aukes was able to grind out an 84 (41-43) which was the second lowest score of the day.
Connor Hanson was able to break 90 for the first time in competition for the Bucs. His 89 (46-43) was the second best tally for Blue Earth Area.
“These guys showed the mettle I am looking for,” Coach Armstrong says. “They each had disappointing holes, but were able to put that in the past and focus on the next shot. When we get the whole team able to do that, we will score to our potential.”
Slater Peterson and Derek Abel came in with identical 99 scores to add into the BEA team total.
Peterson shot a 47-52 while Abel carded a 54-45.
Two other Bucs participated in the meet. Zach Tvedten scored a 103 (49-54) and Logan Jacobs a 108 (53-55).
New Ulm’s Kelton Schmitz was the medalist with a score of 79 (40-39).
Bucs third at NU invite
On a cold and rainy day in New Ulm, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team came home with third place in a seven team invitational.
The New Ulm Invitational was held on Thursday, April 21.
The Bucs team score of 364 was just two strokes behind the host Eagles total of 362, and just 16 shots back of the meet winners, the Fairmont Cardinals.
Andy Aukes has a strong back nine score of 39 to go with his 44 on the front nine.
His 83 total led the Bucs and tied for the best score of the day.
Due to the weather conditions, Aukes and Josh Baldus from Fairmont did not play off the tie, but used a scorecard playoff instead.
Using the hole-by-hole scorecard playoff rules, Baldus took home medalist honors and Aukes was officially in second place.
Also finishing in the top ten was Slater Peterson who had a strong backside score of 42 to go with his front nine tally of 49 for a 91 total. He tied for ninth.
The two other players’ scores which added into the team total were Connor Hanson’s 93 (46-47) and Derek Abel’s 97 (51-46).
“Connor is still learning the ins and outs of golf meets,” Coach Travis Armstrong says. “He still carded a consistent round of 93 to help the team out. Derek’s ball striking was really good, he just had trouble getting the ball in the hole once he was around the green. That touch will come and I expect him to be a solid scorer for us all year.”
Rounding out the days’ scores were Logan Jacobs with an even 100 (49-51) and Zach Tvedten with a 109 (50-59).
“This was an improvement on Monday’s scores for several of the guys so I feel we are making progress,” Armstrong says. “With a little luck we can close the gap on Fairmont and New Ulm in the next few weeks and contend for the SCC title.”
The team scores at the invitational were: Fairmont – 346, New Ulm – 362, BEA – 364, Jordan – 373, St. Peter 394, Glencoe-Silver Lake – 396 and LeSueur-Henderson – 399.