Golf teams pick up SCC wins
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team shot their best score of the season last Tuesday afternoon and defeated the St. Peter Saints by 19 strokes, 330-349.
It was the boys’ final regular season meet of the year.
“We had great weather for the first time this year, and the boys’ scores reflected it,” Coach Travis Armstrong says. “As a team we collected eight birdies on the day from five different guys.”
It may have been the team’s best score of the year, but each player went about it in different ways.
Andy Aukes was the meet medalist and shot a very steady 78 (40-38).
Connor Hanson came off the front nine with a par 36 score, but then ran into trouble on the back nine.
A shot on the second hole hit the cart path and careened out-of-bounds, causing him to take a seven. He birdied the final hole for a 44, giving him an 18-hole total of 80 – good for second on the team.
Slater Peterson did the opposite, shooting a 44 on the first nine, but was able to follow with a 37 on the second for an 81 total.
Trevor Zierke and Derek Abel each shot an identical 91 (44-47). Both scores added to the Bucs’ team total.
BEA’s other team member, Zach Tvedten also stayed well under the century mark and carded a 95 (48-47) for the day.
Chris Amsden led the Saints with an 80 (40-40).
“This upswing in our play is timed well as we approach tournament time next week,” Armstrong says. “With another week of practice on the range and some friendly practice competition, I hope we can make a run at the conference championship on Monday in New Ulm and the Sub-Section Tournament Thursday in Waseca.”
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Golf teams pick up SCC wins
On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon on the Riverside Town and Country Golf Club, the sun didn’t just shine on the course, it also smiled on the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls golf team.
The Bucs pulled out a very close victory over the visiting St. Peter Saints, 427 to 431.
“I’m very happy with this score,” Buc coach Al Cue says. “It is our lowest 18-hole score of the season. This is nearly 50 strokes better than our first meet of the season.”
Autumn Drake powered her way to a 95 (51-44) to lead the Buccaneers.
Allie Curtis shot an even 100 (52-58) to help the Bucs’ cause.
Natali Fellows carded a 113 (56-57) while teammate Aeli Olson came in with a 119 (55-64).
The other two Buccaneer team members scores were a 122 (58-64) for Emily Davids, and a 136 (69-67) for Anna Aukes.
Meet medalist was Katy Kuiper from St. Peter who shot an 88.
“The girls are making progress,” Coach Cue says.
And, it is coming at the right time. The Bucs had one more meet for the regular season, on Friday. This week they enter post-season competition with the South Central Conference Meet on Monday in New Ulm, and the Sub-Section Meet in Waseca on Thursday.
Mankato West 174,
The good news is that the Blue Earth Area girls golf team tied their low score of the season last Monday afternoon.
The bad news is that they still lost by over 35 strokes.
Mankato West scored a team total 174, compared to the Bucs’ score of 212.“West is a very good team,” Coach Al Cue says. “We approached this meet just hoping to play a good round – and we did. Our 212 matches a season low.”
Autumn Drake led the Buccaneers with a very respectable 46. Allie Curtis carded a 52 for the Bucs team total.
“Autumn was solid throughout the round,” Cue says. “Allie played well overall, she just had one tough hole.”
Natali Fellows and Aeli Olson tied with scores of 57, both of which added to BEA’s team score.
Other players for the Bucs were Emily Davids who carded a close 58 and Anna Aukes with a 66.
“Emily, Natali and Aeli all had very good scores for them,” Cue says. “Anna played mostly well, but struggled on the last couple of holes.”
Overall the Buccaneer mentor was pretty pleased.
“As a team, we putted better and scrambled better,” the coach says.
JCC 196, BEA 225
The Buccaneer girls golf team hosted the Jackson County Central Huskies on Friday, May 13, and were defeated 196-225.
Allie Curtis led the Buccaneers with a 49. Autumn Drake added a 53, Emily Davids a 60 and Natali Fellows a 62 to round out the teams’ 225 total.
“It was good to see Allie get her score back down into the 40s,” Coach Al Cue says. “She played a solid round.”
Cue says the 225 total is about the team’s average so far this season.
“Hopefully, we can find ways to bring that average down,” the Buc coach says. “Especially for the upcoming tournaments.”