Boys claim the BSC championship
One goal down, another couple to go.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team accomplished one of their goals last Monday when they were able to claim the Big South Conference championship.
The Buccaneers won the BSC Conference Meet on Monday at Rose Lake Golf Club in Fairmont, but also needed to have enough conference points from wins during the season.
“We needed to finish two spots ahead of Marshall and one ahead of St. Peter to guarantee that,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong says. “And that is exactly what happened.
The Buccaneers shot a team total of 315 on Monday, just ahead of St. Peter which shot 318 and Marshall which came in with a 320. Jackson County Central was right in there with a 323 for fourth place.
The Bucs also placed all four of their starting varsity golfers on the BSC All-Conference team.
Braden Gudahl led the Bucs on Monday as he tied for medalist honors by shooting a 72 (36-36).
“Braden was rock solid all day,” coach Armstrong says. “He had 17 pars on the day, and his putter was clutch from three to five feet.”
Manning Lane claimed fifth place in the conference meet by coming in with a score of 77 (38-39).
“Manning has continued to be one our most consistent golfers this year,” the coach says. “He caught a bad break on 13 but did not let that wreck his round, finishing with four pars after that.”
Gaven Bruellman claimed 14th place on the day by coming in with an 82 (43-39). Hunter Spencer was in 20th spot after struggling a bit to get a score of 84 (42-42).
“Hunter learned that not every day will be your best, but you still need to find a way to get into the clubhouse as low as possible.” the Bucs’ mentor explained. “After a brief discussion he righted the ship and played his last four holes one under par.”
All four of these Bucs ended up as All-Conference having finished among the top 18 players in the BSC based on season points, which are a combination of the season’s dual meets and Monday’s conference tournament results.
BEA’s other two varsity players also finished well at the tournament on Monday. Max Ehrich shot an 87 (41-46) for 27th spot while Ashton Lloyd came in with an 89 (44-45) for 31st place.
“Max played the front side very well and had only one really bad hole on number 11, otherwise he was trending toward his best round of the year,” coach Armstrong says. “Ashton started and finished his round strong with birdies, now we just need to work on staying focused and managing the course in the middle of the round. In a close match like this where we only win by three shots, it is important to realize that every shot matters for the team.”
With the goal of being conference champions now accomplished, the team is looking ahead to the Section Tournament. That will be held in New Prague this week.
“Overall it was a great day in Fairmont,” Armstrong says. “I hope all of the boys learned valuable lessons to apply as we move forward.
“We have a big week of practice ahead of us before the Section Tournament on Tuesday, May 28 and Monday, June 3. St Peter and Maple River will be gunning for us, I am quite certain,” the coach concluded.