Boys defeat Waseca and Windom
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team continued their winning ways last Tuesday when they traveled to Waseca to take on the Bluejays.
The Bucs won by 12 strokes, with a score of 157 to the ‘Jays 169.
Braden Gudahl made a couple of long putts early to jump start his round and came in with the low score of the day, a 37, good for medalist honors.
Three Bucs followed right behind with Hunter Spencer shooting a 39, Gaven Bruellman a 40 and Manning Lane a 41.
The other two BEA varsity players were Max Ehrich who came in with a 44 and Ashton Lloyd who carded a 47.
Waseca was led by Sam Obrien who shot a 40, followed by Brock Bye with a 41, Griffen Seifert with 42 and Ethan Hedberg a 46.
“The boys have played quite a bit of golf in the past week, so I was impressed with how consistently they have played as a team,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong said. “Different players are coming through at different meets, but we need to keep the focus on the team and how well we can play together as a unit.”
As the post season rapidly approaches, the coach hopes the players can continue to fine tune their games to maximize their abilities as a team.
The Buccaneer junior varsity shot a 191, with Nathan Murphy leading the team with a 43, followed by Caleb Beeler with a 47, Jacob Beeler with a 49 and Zach Kramer a 52. Waseca did not field a JV team.
BEA 156, Windom 198
It was a good day for golf.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team shot an impressive 156 team total last Monday afternoon, downing their Windom opponents by 42 strokes, as the Eagles came in with a 198.
“Today was a good round for the boys after coming back from Morton,” coach Travis Armstrong said. “Their confidence could have been shaken because they had higher than average scores (at the Lakeville South Invitational at Dakotah Ridge near Morton) for most of the guys.”
Manning Lane led the team, shooting a 35, good for medalist honors. Braden Gudahl came in with a 39 and Hunter Spencer was right behind with 40. Ashton Lloyd’s 42 was the fourth score for the team total 156.
“Manning was the bounce back player this time,” coach Armstrong said. “His one birdie, eight par round was impressive. The same could be said for Braden, too. He did not let an outlier score in Morton shake his confidence. His 39 should help him get his confidence back as we head into the post season soon.”
The coach added that it was nice to see Lloyd pick his teammates up and come in with the fourth score of 42.
“Our depth is getting better and by the year’s end we could have six guys all with a chance to be a contributor to the team score on any given day,” Armstrong said.
BEA’s other two varsity players were Max Ehrich who carded a 44, and Gaven Bruellman who shot a 45.
Windom’s lowest score was a 42 by Parker Avstad. Jackson Roll shot a 48, Zach Rabbe a 52 and Eli Lund a 56.
BEA’s junior varsity squad also won, downing Windom 190 to 245. The Bucs had four players shoot under 50, with Caleb Beeler leading the way with a 44, Kohl Jacobsen a 48, and Nathan Murphy and Zach Kramer both carding 49s.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team competed in the Lakeville South Invitational on Friday, May 3. The Bucs were among the smallest schools participating.
“This is a new tournament for us,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong said. “Most of the teams are in Class AAA with Red Wing and Cloquet-Esko joining us as Class AA. Both those two beat us at state last year, and will probably be back this year.”
The tournament was rained out after 11 holes on Friday, May 3, so it was shortened to an 18 hole tournament on Saturday.
BEA came in with a team score of 326, placing them 10th out of 15 teams. The tournament was held at Dakotah Ridge, near Jackpot Junction by Morton.
Hunter Spencer led the Buccaneers, coming in with a 72, which put him in fourth place.
“Hunter had an awesome day,” Armstrong said. “He had one birdie and one bogey and 16 pars. His putter was on fire to save him on a few holes, but his course management was also a critical factor.”
Manning Lane carded an 81, Gaven Bruellman an 83 and Braden Gudahl a 90.
“Manning hit the ball very well, but his short game was off a bit,” the coach said. “To his credit he stuck with the task and got it around in 81.”
BEA’s other two varsity players were Ashton Lloyd shooting a 92 and Max Ehrich a 102.
Lakeville North won the tournament with a team total of 298. A Lakeville North player was also medalist with a 70, while two other golfers tied for second with 71, putting BEA’s Spencer in sole possession of fourth place.
Edina was second with 301, Alexandria third with 306, Lakeville South fourth at 307, Chaska fifth with 308, Elk River sixth at 309, Eagan seventh with 311, STMA eighth at 314 and Wayzata ninth with 317.
The Buccaneers took 10th by one stroke, downing Mankato East, which shot a team total of 327 for 11th place. In 12th place was Esko-Cloquet with 331, Red Wing 13th with 332, Owatonna 14th with 356, and St. Cloud Cathedral did not finish for 15th place.
“To finish as the top AA school and beat a few AAA schools was our goal, and we were able to accomplish that,” coach Armstrong said.