Golfers 6th at invite, down Mavericks
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team reaped some revenge at the 15-team Cardinal Invitational Golf Meet on Saturday, May 7.
The BEA linksters were able to avenge earlier season losses to conference foes New Ulm and Fairmont.
The Bucs finished in sixth place with a team total of 348. Fairmont’s Red team was one stroke back at 349, while New Ulm finished 11th with a score of 364.
The only conference opponent to finish ahead of BEA was Waseca which shot a 329 for fourth.
Marshall won the invitational, shooting a 305. In second place was Luverne with 312 and Albert Lea with 322.
Andy Aukes led the Bucs with a 75 (35-40). He won a scorecard playoff to take second place in the meet, behind medalist Jon Pederson of Waseca who shot a round of 72 on the Rose Lake Golf Club course.
Slater Peterson shot an 87 (42-45), Connor Hanson an 89 (43-46) and Derek Abel a 97 (45-52) for the Bucs other scores that went to tally the 348 team total.
“The back nine at Rose Lake proved to be too tough for the Bucs to tame today,” Coach Travis Armstrong explained. “Our scores on the front nine totaled 163, a nice score, but at the end of the day we were at 348.”
The Bucs other two golfers also fared well on the front nine, but not on the back side. Trevor Zierke had a 98 (43-55) while Zach Tvedten shot a 107 (48-59).
“Trevor did a good job to keep it under 100 for our fifth score,” Armstrong comments. “If Zach could have repeated his score of 48 on the front when he played the back, he would have had the fourth score for us today.”
Still, Armstrong says he was impressed with much of the Buccaneers’ play at the meet.
“I like some of the trends I am seeing out of the guys,” he says. “With a lighter schedule this week, I look foward to some practice time allowing us to fine tune the boys’ game before we head into tournament time.”
BEA 161, MCW 177
The Buccaneer boys golf team traveled to Rose Lake Golf Club to take on the Mavericks of Martin County West.
BEA prevailed by a score of 161 to 177.
The day belonged to Slater Peterson who was the meet medalist, shooting a great 2-over par score of 37 in the nine hole event.
He was a stroke ahead of Cordell Weber from MCW and two ahead of teammate Andy Aukes who carded a 39.
“Slater played his smoothest round of the year, avoiding the ‘bad’ hole or two that drives his score up a bit,” Coach Travis Armstrong says. “Friday he kept it even keel and his score mirrored his attitude.”
Derek Abel also had a good day for the Bucs, shooting a 40. After opening his round with a bogey-bogey-double bogey start, he played the last six holes 1-over par, including a birdie on the par four ninth hole.
“Derek told me on the fourth tee that he was going to par out, and he almost did,” Armstrong says. “It would have been easy for him to limp his way through the rest of his round, but he chose to buckle down and grind out a decent score.”
Trevor Zierke had an opposite round of Abel, shooting even par through the first three holes, then struggling with the final holes, coming in with a 46.
“When Trevor learns to keep his emotions in check, he has the tools to shoot a low score as well,” the coach notes. Seniors Zach Tvedten shot a 45 for the Bucs, while Connor Hanson carded a 48.
“Today was the first day that all six of our scores were tight together,” Armstrong comments. “This is the consistency and depth I am looking for as we approach the post-season.”
The combination of the four low scores totaled a season low for the Bucs, at 161.
at Redbird Invite
The Buccaneers shot a team total of 340 in Montgomery on Thursday, May 5, to take third place in the Montgomery-Lonsdale Redbird Invitational Golf Meet.
They were 14 strokes behind first place Waseca, and five behind Mayer Lutheran.
“I like the downward trend of our team scores right now,” Coach Travis Armstrong says. “We used four scores of 90 or less today and that has been my goal for us all year.”
The Bucs were led by Andy Aukes, who shot a 78 which was good third place behind Waseca’s Jon Pederson’s 74 and Jordan’s Jake Zahler who had a 77.
Connor Hanson was second on the Bucs team with an 85, good for 10th place overall.
“This was Connor’s first medal of his varsity career, and he certainly deserves it based on the time he puts in outside of practice,” Armstrong notes.
Slater Peterson’s 87 and Derek Abel’s 90 contributed to the Bucs team total.