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BEA claims the Section 2AA title

By Staff | Jun 9, 2019

The Blue Earth Area boys golf team captured the Section 2AA championship and will now move on to compete at the State Tournament. Pictured, left to right, are Ashton Lloyd, Braden Gudahl, Hunter Spencer, Manning Lane, Max Ehrich and Gaven Bruellman.

It’s back to the State Golf Meet for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team. And, this will be their third trip in a row for the Maroon and Gold linksters.

The Buccaneers led the St. Peter Saints by just two strokes in the first round of the Section 2AA Golf Meet.

That first day was held on Friday, May 31, at The Legacy Golf Course north of Faribault, and had been postponed from Tuesday, May 28 due to too much water on the New Prague Country Club course.

This past Monday the Bucs ended up downing their arch-rival Saints from St. Peter by 10 strokes, with a final tournament tally of 620 to the Saints’ 630.

The second day of the tournament was held back on the originally designated course at New Prague.

Next up for the Bucs is the State Meet which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12, at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Manning Lane led the way for the Bucs at the Section Meet, ending up in second place overall. He shot an even par 72 (33-39) on Day 1, and followed it up with a 77 (38-39) on Day 2 last Monday for a two day total of 149.

Carter Doose of St. Peter took medalist honors with two scores of 70 on each day for a 140 total.

BEA’s Braden Gudahl came in at fourth place with a first day total of 77 (39-38) and shooting a 76 (38-38) on the second day for a 153 total.

Hunter Spencer was in sixth place with a total score for the two days of 156. He shot a 74 (38-36) followed with an 82 (40-42) for the tourney.

In 11th place was Gaven Bruellman who carded a 162. He came in with an 85 (40-45) on Day 1 and a 77 (39-38) on Day 2.

The Bucs other two varsity players were Ashton Lloyd who shot an 86 and 84 for 170 and 20th place, and Max Ehrich who carded an 85-90 for a 175 and 25th place overall.

Coach Travis Armstrong said The Legacy is a more open course with less trouble off the fairway, and the scores of the first day of the Section Tourney reflected the conditions. There was an increase in the number of birdies that day.

“Manning and Hunter had great rounds of 72 and 74, respectively, and Braden’s round was a nice solid one with a few missed opportunities,” Armstrong said about the first day. “I was excited for Max and his 85. I knew his opportunity to contribute to the team total was forthcoming.”

The coach added that a 308 team score on that first day was a great start for the Section Tournament, but also noted that St. Peter was “right on our heels.”

After the second day of the tourney, and the Bucs had punched their ticket to the State, Armstrong said it was “just a fantastic team effort by the boys.”

“Braden came in with the second lowest score of the second day, with a 76,” the Buc mentor said. “Manning and Gaven finished right behind him, tied for the third lowest score on Monday.”

Armstrong said the Monday scores back up the fact the course in New Prague is a bit tougher than the one in Faribault. But, he adds, the Buc boys proved they were up to the challenge.

“Gaven picked up his game at just the right time. Hunter slipped out of the top five overall with a slightly elevated score, but did finish tied for sixth overall for the two days. Gaven was just outside of the top 10 in 11th place overall,” Armstrong said. “Four in the top 11 shows our depth and was the key to a victory over a St. Peter team that has two really good golfers.”

Now it is on to the State Golf Meet and coach Armstrong and the team say they are ready.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete in Jordan against some of the best teams in the state,” Armstrong said. “Our goal is to play as well as possible and improve on our fifth place finish last year.”