Aukes, Hanson head to State
Two members of the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team advanced out of the Sub-Section Golf Meet to the Section 2AA Meet. Both golfers were able to advance out of the Section Meet and will play in the State Meet.
Details on the Section Meet will be included in the next Faribault County Register.
At the Sub-Section Meet, Connor Hanson and Andy Aukes both made the cut on Thursday, May 26 and advanced to the Section Meet played Thursday, June 2.
Hanson, a senior, came off the ‘disabled list’ to lead the Bucs with a steady round of 82 (42-40). He recovered from an earlier foot injury which kept him from playing in the South Central Conference Meet the week before.
“Connor scuffled to start out and it took him a few holes to regroove his swing,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong says.
Hanson made pars on the last three holes of the front nine and then nailed the 40 on the back nine. He was in a four-way tie for seventh place and was three strokes under the cut-off score of 85.
Aukes made the cut by one stroke, coming in with an 84 (42-42).
“Andy never really got it going today,” Armstrong says. “But, he made a few key putts down the line to keep his score under the cut.”
Derek Abel made a good effort, coming in just two strokes over the cut with an 87 (44-43).
“Derek played 15 holes very well and let just three holes trip him up a bit,” the coach says. “I like many of the changes he has made to his swing and it should carry him through the summer with some confidence.”
Slater Peterson carded a 93 (43-50) on the Waseca Lakeside Country Club course.
“Slater also let the back nine get to him a little bit,” Armstrong says. “He got around the front nine with a 43 despite a double bogie on the last hole caused by an unfortunate out-of-bounds penalty. He just could not string together the pars the way he normally does.”
Senior Zach Tvedten shot an even 100 (52-48) and was just one bad hole away from shooting his best 18-hole score of the season.
“Zach has really improved his overall game this season and he will be missed next year,” the Bucs’ mentor says.
Also competing for BEA was freshman Trevor Zierke who finished the day with a 104 (53-51).
“Trevor gained some valuable experience today in Waseca,” Armstrong says. “He may have shot a 104, but he did have a birdie in his last three holes. If he puts in the rounds this summer, he definitely has the ability to be a solid contributor for us next year.”
As a team the Bucs shot a 346, good for fifth place. Waseca came in with a 315 and Fairmont a 331 and they are the two teams advancing to the Section 2AA Meet.