BEA boys team has possibilities
Before the Blue Earth Area boys golf team hits the links to take on some area schools this spring, they first will be competing against each other.
“We lost Trevor Zierke and Luke Monson to graduation off of last year’s team,” head boys coach Travis Armstrong says. “They were both regular contributors to the varsity score and will need to be replaced.”
The team does have two returning seniors, Zach Curtis and Connor Thielfoldt, who have been on the varsity for two seasons or more, and they will be anchoring the team.
However, the other four varsity spots are pretty much up for grabs this spring, Armstrong says.
“Juniors Tanner Wickersham, Zaine Stewart and Tannor Wolf all have some varsity experience and I look for them to compete for those open spots,” the Buccaneer coach says.
Other juniors out for the team include Jared Mensing who returns to golf after a year off due to injury and newcomers Tyler Hannaman and Adam Legred.
“Luke Monson did not come out for golf until his junior year and ended up being a solid contributor to the team,” Armstrong notes. “This trio of juniors also has that potential. And, also out for his first season of golf is senior Josh Twedt.”
Coach Armstrong has a good number of boys from grades seventh to 12th out for golf this year, so there is strong potential not just for this year but for the future as well.
The sophomores are a group that has been out for golf since middle school, with a few of them contributing to the junior varsity team last year.
The sophomores include Lucas Determan, Liam Holland, Joe Ritter, Trevor Rose, Bryan Karp, Ben Backstrom and Rylie Krieger.
Coach Armstrong says many of the seventh and eighth graders out this year also show some great potential.
“I would not be surprised if some of them (seventh and eighth graders) will be able to compete for the top 12 spots (varsity and junior varsity) as the season progresses,” the coach says. “In the early weeks of the season I can see that a few of them can put a good move on the ball on the driving range.”The younger golfers need to learn the mental side of the game, and how to face competition pressure, the Buc mentor adds.
The Buccaneer linksters will open up the season with a home meet on Monday, April 13, on the Minn-Iowa course in Elmore, against the St. Peter Saints.
The following Monday, April 20, the Bucs will host St. James on the Riverside Town and Country Golf Course.
After that, it is two away meets against St. Peter and New Ulm before returning home on Friday, April 24 to take on Windom at the Minn-Iowa Course.
Coach Armstrong says it won’t take long to see how the team shapes up for the this year’s golf competition.
“This season is as wide open as I have had as a coach,” the Buccaneer coach says. “It is going to be fun to watch it play out while the players decide it on the course.”