Off to state tourney!
They’re on to the big dance for the second year in a row.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team took care of business on Monday, June 4, at the New Prague Country Club, and claimed the Section 2AA Championship and a trip to the State Golf Tournament.
And, one of the team’s members, Manning Lane, shot the lowest score of the Section Tournament and claimed the Section gold medal.
As a team the Bucs shot a 322 on Monday, which added to their first day score of the Section Tournament gave them a total of 643, eight strokes better than second place St. Peter.
“Monday was a good day on the course for the boys,” coach Travis Armstrong says. “With a six shot lead (after the first day), we knew that we needed to score right around our average of 320 in order to secure a trip to the State Tournament. On the first nine holes the boys took care of business and opened up a 12-shot lead with nine holes to play.”
Lane and Braden Gudahl both shot 38 on that first nine to lead the team. Hunter Spencer had a rough start but ended up with a 41 on the first nine, with Ashton Lloyd and Caleb Beeler each shooting a 45, and Gaven Bruellman carding a 47.
Beeler had actually started the day by holing out from 110 yards for an eagle on his very first hole.
On the second nine for the team, Lane came in with a 37 which gave him a final tally of 75, which added to his first day score totaled 148 for the Section Golf Meet and first place out of the 84 golfers who started the tournament on the first day. He was five strokes better than the second place finisher.
Spencer also came in with a 37 on the second nine for a second day total of 78 and a two day total of 158, good for fifth place overall.
Gudahl had some tough luck on the second nine, but came in with a 44 to finish at 82 on Monday and combined with his day one score of 84 gave him a tie at 11th place with a 168.
The last score for team total on Monday came from seventh grader Lloyd, who was even par after five holes on the final nine, then went on to finish with a 42 which gave him an 87 for the day.
His two day total of 180 gave him a tie for 28th place.
Bruellman struggled some on day two, coming in with a 91. But his two day total of 175 was good enough for 21st place.
Beeler rode his eagle start to the second day to finish with a 94 on Monday, and a two-day total of 194 and a 34th place finish.
All six varsity players move on to the State Golf Meet at The Ridges at Sand Creek at Jordan this week Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13. They go both as a team and compete as individuals as well.
“The nice thing is that we accomplished our goal of making it back to the State Tournament,” coach Armstrong says. “And, the guys who did not play as well as they would have liked get another week of practice and two more rounds in Jordan to showcase their improvements.
“I’m very proud of Manning and his Section Championship,” the coach continues, “but our main goal has always been the team title. Every player in the program can take pride in this accomplishment.”
BEA girls Section golf
Two Blue Earth Area girl golfers had advanced from the first day of the Section 2AA Golf Tournament to the second day, which was held on Monday, June 4, at the New Prague Country Club.
Mateja Lane shot a 92 (48-44) for a two-day total of 193. She ended up in 14th place.
Clair Jordan shot a 103 (53-50) on the second day which gave her a two-day total of 203. She ended up in 22nd place.
“These girls represented us well,” Buc coach Al Cue says. “Mateja improved her score from last week by nine strokes. Unfortunately, they had both pretty much shot themselves out of contention on day one. But I’m proud of what these two accomplished this season. Hopefully, they’ll take what they have gained and make themselves better for next spring.”
USC girls Section golf
One United South Central girls golfer advanced to the State Class 1A Golf Tournament which will be held on June 12-13 at Pebble Creek near Becker.
Morgan Pyzick, a senior, shot a first day total of 102 (52-50) and a second day total of 101 (50-51) for an overall total of 203.
That put the Rebel golfer into sixth place overall and earned her a trip to the State Golf Meet.