Aukes takes 3rd
The New Ulm Country Club golf course proved to be a difficult obstacle for the Buccaneer boys golf team to overcome on Monday at the South Central Conference Golf Tournament.
The Bucs shot a team total 379, well above their season average, which put them in fifth place.
Waseca won the conference with a 328 and Fairmont was second at 354.
“I don’t know why, but the course was playing really tough on Monday,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong says. “The only thing I?can come up with is that it was a combination of the wind and the long rough caused by not being able to mow after the heavy rains. The scores were up across the board, but it seemed to affect us more severely than the rest of the field.”
Medalist for the meet was Fairmont’s Mitch Pfingsten who shot a 79 and won the title in a one-hole playoff with Waseca’s Jon Pederson who also carded a 79.
Right behind the leaders was BEA’s Andy Aukes who came in with an 80 for third place.
Aukes tried to eagle the last hole with an aggressive play on the par 5 ninth hole, but was only able to manage birdie, leaving him one shot off the leaders.
He came into the tournament ranked third in the conference behind Pfingsten and Pederson, and his finish on Monday solidified his position.
Plus, his finish in the top ten placed him on the SCC All-Conference honors list.
The rest of the Buccaneer players were not so fortunate.
Derek Abel and Slater Peterson were able to keep their scores under 100, but just barely. Abel came in with a 98 and Pederson a 99.
Also counting towards the Bucs’ team tally was a 102 from Trevor Zierke.
“Zach Tvedten could not stop giving away strokes on what seemed like every hole and had a big score,” Armstrong says. “If he can become a little more efficient around the greens his score will come down in a hurry.”
Senior Jacob Black played on the varsity squad and had the second best Buccaneer score on the first nine holes with a 48, but the second nine tripped him up and he came in with a 107 total.
Black was stepping in for an injured Connor Hanson who had a foot problem and was unable to compete on Monday.
“It is too bad Connor couldn’t play,” Armstrong says. “He missed his opportunity to try for All-Conference honors.”
Coming into the tournament Hanson had accumulated enough points to be listed as 10th in the SCC. But, by not playing on Monday, he could not add to his point total. The top 10 players are named All-Conference.
“I did the math and he would have had to just shoot his season average of 88 to be selected All-Conference,” the coach explains.
The team continued post-season play in the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Meet last Thursday, after this week’s publication deadline.
Details will be in the next Faribault County Register.