Golfers burn up St. Peter course
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team was on fire last Tuesday night at the St. Peter Invitational.
The Bucs blistered the course with a team score of 287, which coach Travis Armstrong says could be a BEA school record.
The Buccaneers won the meet, coming in seven strokes under the second place St. Peter Saints. A week ago, the Buccaneers suffered their only loss of the season to the Saints by a seven stroke margin.
St. Peter grabbed both first and second individual low scores, but the Bucs cornered third, fourth and fifth place.
Leading the way for BEA was Hunter Spencer who shot a 69 (32-37).
“Hunter was never over par at any time in his round and had an amazing seven birdies,” coach Armstrong says. “He was -3 with three to play but stumbled a bit down the stretch.”
Manning Lane shot a 70 (36-34) as did teammate Braden Gudahl, who also carded the identical 70 (36-34).
“Manning started off +3 through the first three holes but fought back to get to +1,” Armstrong says. “Braden was steady all day and finished his day with his fifth birdie on hole 15. I’m proud of his bounce back from his tough round in poor conditions the night before in New Ulm.”
BEA’s fourth varsity score came from Gaven Bruellman who came in with a 78 (40-38).
The other two varsity players were Ashton Lloyd with an 83 (43-40) and Max Ehrich with an 89 (44-45).
“This was our first 18-hole event of the season,” the coach explained. “So it may have been a bit of physical and mental fatigue for some of the boys.”
Medalist for the meet was St. Peter’s Carter Doose, who came in with a 67 (35-32). The Saints Kendall Nicolai was in second place, scoring a 69 (37-32), the same as BEA’s Spencer, but taking second on a tie breaker.
Team scores were BEA at 287 for first, St. Peter second at 294, Jackson County Central third with 325, Bloomington Kennedy fourth at 328, Waseca fifth with 330, Redwood Valley at sixth with 331, Fairmont seventh with 333 and St. Peter JV eighth at 354.
“This was a great meet for us. I believe our +11 as a team will be a school record,” Armstrong says. “Our top three guys were just a +2 total and fended off a tough St. Peter team to take the win by seven strokes.”
BEA 170, New Ulm 181
Under cold, windy and wet conditions last Monday, April 22, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team took on the New Ulm Eagles and came home with a 170 to 181 victory.
Low scores were hard to come by for either team, as the weather conditions were not great for golf.
The Bucs were led by Braden Gudahl who came in with a 39. He was followed by Gaven Bruellman who carded a 43.
Hunter Spencer and Manning Lane both shot 44 to fill out the team score.
Other BEA varsity players were Max Ehrich with a 46 and Ashton Lloyd who carded a 47.
For the Eagles, Glavine Schgel had medalist honors with a 38. Aiden Guggisberg shot a 40, with Kyle Esser coming in with a 51 and Keagan Schiro a 52.
There was no junior varsity competition.