Boys golf falls to MCW, St. Peter
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team had four players shoot in the 40s on Tuesday afternoon at the Fox Lake Course in Sherburn.
However, the Martin County West team also had four players shoot even lower in the 40s and MCW won, 170 to 181.
“Tuesday was tough on the guys,” says Buccaneer golf coach Travis Armstrong. “With so many new guys playing on a foreign course, it made for a few big scores and those really hurt. Fox Lake is not long, but there is a premium placed on accuracy. That combined with a brisk spring wind made some of the holes very challenging.”
The Buccaneer senior tandem of Connor Thielfoldt and Zach Curtis led BEA with identical scores of 44 for the nine hole meet.
“Connor started rough, but found a groove later in the round making three pars in a row leading up the ninth hole where he had a little trouble closing out and ended with a 44 score,” says coach Armstrong. “A par on that hole would have tied him for low score of the day. Zach also had a 44 after struggling with consistency early in the round, but his putting salvaged a decent round for him.”
Hunter Spencer came in with a 46 and Jared Mensing carded a 47 for the Buccaneers.
“Hunter had the only birdie on the team with a birdie two on the fifth hole,” the coach says. “that helped him break 50 for the first time in competition. And Jared’s 47 was a nice improvement from his score on Monday at Elmore.”
The other Buccaneer varsity players were Gaven Bruellman who shot a 54 and Tyler Hannaman who came in with a 55.
MCW was led by medallist Hunter Schofield who shot an even 40, followed by Connor Anderson with 42, Dawson Weber with 43 and Kevin Phillip with 45.
Next up for the Buccaneers is a home meet on Monday, where they will host the St. James Saints at Riverside Town & Country Club.
St. Peter 176, BEA 178
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team came up just two strokes too many when they hosted the St. Peter Saints last Monday night at the Minn-Iowa Golf Course in Elmore.
The Buccaneers came in with a 178 total, but the Saints carded a 176 to take the win.
BEA was led by senior Connor Thielfoldt, who came in with a hot 39 score, which included an eagle on hole No. 1.
The 39 was good enough by one stroke to give him medalist honors as St. Peter’s lowest score was a 40 by Carter Dose.
“I was impressed with Connor starting with an eagle and a birdie,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong says. “I wish he could have held it together a little better, but this (being under par) was new territory for him and I hope he gets a chance to try again.”
The Bucs other senior golfer, Zach Curtis, came in with a 44 for the third lowest score for the Buccaneer total.
“Zac struggled a little bit early but got it going later in the round,” Armstrong says. “To his credit he did not let a lost ball on six deter him.”
But it was two younger players who helped the team to their low team total of 178.
Seventh grader Gaven Bruellman carded a 43 for the second lowest score and eighth grader Hunter Spencer came in with a 52 for the Bucs fourth score for team total.
“I was very pleased with our two younger players,” the coach says. “Hunter shot 52, but had a 12 on hole six that really skewed his results. After that hole I told him to forget about it and go make birdie on seven, and to his credit he did just that. What a great learning experience for the young guy.”
Armstrong added that Bruellman did not do anything ‘flashy’ but was rock steady as he cruised to his 43 score.”
The Bucs other two varsity golfers, juniors Tyler Hannaman and Jared Mensing, were right behind by shooting a 54 and a 56 respectively.
“Tyler and Jared were competing in their first ever varsity meet and I was impressed with how they stuck to it,” Armstrong says.
The Saints ended up with four scores in the 40s. Besides Dose’s 40, they got a 43 from Killian Bixby, 46 from Joey Wenner and a 47 from Ben Emley to get their 176 tally.
The Saints junior varsity just edged out the Buccaneers JV squad by a score of 220 to 227.
Leading the way for the maroon and gold JV team was Zaine Stewart who shot a 52. Tate Thielfoldt added a 56 and Tannor Wolf carding a 58, with Adam Legred shooting a 61 for the fourth score.
“Monday’s meet was a nice start to the year,” coach Armstrong says. “In the end it would be very easy for every player to find an unfortunate situation they think cost us more than the two stroke margin of victory. But if they all clean those things up, I like our chances in the coming weeks.”