Buccaneer golfers fall short of advancing to State
While the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys and girls golf teams sent plenty of players to the Section 2AA Golf Tournament, none of the nine Buc golfers was able to advance to the State Golf Meet.
Zach Curtis led the four Buccaneer boy golfers who all had advanced to the Section as individual players and not as a team.
Curtis shot an 82 which put him in tie for the 11th place in the tournament and just two strokes off the cut-off score for making it to the State.
Logan Jacobs came in with an 88 and claimed a tie for 23rd place. Taylor Olson was right behind with an 89 good for 25th place.
Trevor Zierke was the fourth Buc golfer and he carded a 92 for a five-way tie for the 27th spot.
“Our scores were almost a cut and paste from last week’s (Sub-Section) tournament,” Buc boys golf coach Travis Armstrong says. “Zach and Trevor shot the very same score in both tournaments and Logan and Taylor were one stroke higher today.”
The coach says it was a little disappointing that no one advanced to State, but that he did see some good improvement in the team by the end of the season.
“Zach missed the cut by two strokes,” he says. “But I hope it is an incentive for him to work to improve his game this summer.”
He also had praise for seniors Jacobs and Olson.
“Logan and Taylor had good showings on their way out,” he says. “They will both be missed next year.”
The BEA girls team had advanced as a team, but did not have any players qualify for State in the Section Tournament held in New Prague last Monday.
The team as a whole shot a 410 which put them in a tie with Belle Plaine for fourth place. Fairmont won the Section with a 362 score and will go to State.
Jordan was second with 380 and Waseca third at 404.
Le Sueur-Henderson and St. Peter tied for sixth with 419 and New Ulm was eighth at 446. Three teams did not have complete scores.
Autumn Drake led the Buccaneers with an 18-hole tally of 95. That put her in ninth place in the Section.
Natali Fellows 103 put her in 20th place, while Aeli Olson was tied for 25th with a score of 107. Signe Olson shot a 130 and Ashely Peterson did not complete the round.
“I am very proud of the girls this year,” Coach Carol Weerts says. “Our record this year was 29-11 including tournaments.”
The team finished second in the South Central Conference and second and third in post-season tournaments.
“Unfortunately our season was stopped short at sections,” Weerts continues. “And Autumn just missed the cut (to go to state) by three strokes.”