BEA qualifies 2, USC 1 for boys State
Three members of Faribault County high school boys golf teams are headed to State Golf Tournaments later this week – plus one girls team.
BEA boys golf
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team had two players advance to the Section 2AA Golf Tournament on June 2.
Not only did the two Bucs play well and qualify for the State Golf Tournament, they blew away the competition at the Section.
The Bucs’ Andy Aukes and Connor Hanson were the only two players to break 80 on the Creek’s Bend Golf Club course near New Prague.
Aukes came in with the lowest score of the day, a 75, giving him medalist honors. Hanson was in second place with a 79.
“I feel great for Andy,” Buc Coach Travis Armstrong says. “He has put in a lot of time over the last year after struggling at sections last year. Nobody deserves this more than he does.”
Aukes’ round included two birdies and 10 pars. Some of his pars were more impressive than the birdies, Armstrong says, because of the windy conditions.
“His long par saves on the second and sixth holes gave him the confidence that carried him through the round,” Armstrong explains.
Aukes and Hanson were the only two players at the Section Golf Meet who did not have at least one penalty stroke on the day.
Hanson had a very steady round, making a chip-in birdie on the third hole and a number of great up-and-down pars to come in with his 79.
“What a great time for him to shoot his first sub-80 round in competition,” Armstrong says. “He sure has been an asset to the golf team in this, his first – and last – season of golf at BEA.”
Hanson is a senior who was out for baseball during the rest of his high school years, but decided to switch to golf this season.
With a trip to the State Golf Tournament later this week, it looks like it was a good decision.
“Yeah, I’m pretty excited about it,” Hanson says. “It was a goal, but I didn’t know if I could get there or not.”
For Aukes, a junior, the trip to State was a major goal this season.
“I took second in the Sub-Section Meet last year and advanced to the Section Meet,” he recalls. “But, at the Section, I had sort of a major meltdown on one hole and didn’t place. This year I was determined to do my best at the Section and get to State.”
The two Bucs were spending a lot of time last week practicing their game, despite some 100 degree days.
The State Class 2AA Golf Tournament will be held at The Ridges at Sand Creek golf course near Jordan on Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 and 16.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s won the team portion of the Section Golf Tournament and will represent Section 2AA at state.
USC boys golf
The USC boys golf team also had one of its members gain the State Class 2A Golf Tournament by placing at the Section 2A Meet.
Sam Gackstetter will be playing in the State 2A Tournament this week, which is being played at the Pebble Creek course near Becker.
The Rebel senior fired an 80 (38-42) for a second place finish at the meet held on June 2 at the North Links course in North Mankato.
Gackstetter placed 20th at State last year.
USC’s Seth Olson shot an 85 which put him in a tie for fifth place and a chance for the last spot to advance to State. However, he lost out in a playoff.
The boys team as a whole fell just short of a State trip, coming in second at the Section 2A Tournament.
USC girls golf
The Rebels girls team did qualify for the State Tournament, taking first at the Section 2A Meet.
The USC girls shot a team total 408 for first place, easily outpacing the second place team by 17 strokes.
The Rebels’ Ali Wood was the medalist, shooting an 83 (41-42).
Other scores were Claire Christian 102, Erinn Hotzler 110 and Kyley Bullerman 113.
All the members of the Rebels will compete as individuals, besides trying to place as a team at the State Golf Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
BEA girls golf
Neither of the two Blue Earth Area girls golf team members were able to make the cut at the Section Tournament to advance to the State.
Autumn Drake shot a 97 (52-45) while Allie Curtis came in with a 101 (50-51).
The cutoff score for advancing to the State was 90.
“Both girls hit the ball fairly well from the tee to the green,” Buc mentor Al Cue says. “But, they struggled on the green. Both girls had fine seasons and always represented BEA in a very positive way.”