USC boys take 6th at State Golf Tourney
The United South Central boys golf team ended a great season with a big flourish.
The team claimed sixth place at the State Class A Golf Tournament by shooting a two day team total of 686.
And, one of their team members claimed the top honor, coming in tied for the Class A Individual Championship.
The Rebels Ryan Pederson shot a 146 to tie with Brock Biliese of Mounds Park Academy for the top State honors. Pederson shot a 34-40 the first day and a 36-36 the second day.
The next highest Rebel golfer was Nate Pederson who shot a 163 (40-38, 42-43) and tied for 24th place. Nick Neubauer tied for 52nd place with a 170, Blake Legred was 83rd with a 207, Aaron Schaper 84th with a 209 and Dean Archer in 86th with a 218.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers’ sole individual golfer at the State Class AA Golf Meet was junior Natali Fellows. She came in tied for 63rd place with two others.
Fellows shot a 97 (45-52) her first day at the State Meet, which put her in a tie for 73rd place, but came back and fired an 87 (42-45) her second day for a total of 184.
“On Tuesday Natali started the first nine really well, but the second nine was more difficult,” says BEA girls golf coach Carol Weerts. “She played the first two holes one under, then had some water trouble on the next hole. She rebounded good on the next two with pars, but then had another bad hole.”
Weerts said the long day, and the heat of the afternoon, caused some fatigue.
On the second day, Wednesday, Fellows improved by 10 strokes and lowered her position on the board by 10 slots, and finished 63rd.
“I am very proud of the way she played,” Weerts says. “It is very hard mentally to come back and play well when you are a long way from the leaders.”
The coach says Fellows did an excellent job getting to State.
“They only allow 88 kids to advance to State and she is talented enough to be one of them,” Weerts says. “Natali had a great year this season.”