Golf team takes fifth at State
For the second year in a row, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers’ boys golf team came in at fifth place at the State Class AA Golf Tournament.
The Bucs tallied a team total 329 on a soggy, wet, rainy first day of competition and were in fifth place after last Tuesday’s opening day of the tournament.
BEA improved their day two score over day one by four strokes, at 325, for a two-day total of 654. That kept them in fifth place, just one stroke behind fourth place finisher Red Wing.
“Tough conditions both days so, overall, scores were up across the board,” Buc coach Travis Armstrong says. “I was proud of the level of competition by the boys. We almost made it into the top four by playing the last nine holes solid.”
For the Buccaneers, senior Hunter Spencer led the way with a total score of 157. That tally put Spencer in 20th place overall in the tournament. He shot a 78 (39-39) the first day, followed by a 79 (38-41) the second day.
“I loved Hunter’s effort all tournament, but more importantly, throughout his career,” Armstrong says. “He is the perfect example of what we are looking for from our BEA golfers. Academic All-State, All-State (top 10 stroke average in the state) and a servant/leader. His presence will be missed on and off the course.”
Buc sophomore Manning Lane had a 160 in the tournament, which put him in a tie for 29th place, but with tiebreakers, he ended up in 32nd place. Lane tallied an 80 (39-41) on day one, following it with another 80 (40-40) on the second day.
“Manning was also All-State with a top ten average, as well,” the Buc coach says.
It was another BEA sophomore, Braden Gudahl, who was in third position for the Buccaneers. His total score was 162. He came in with an 83 (37-46) the first day, followed with a 79 (37-42) the second day. He ended up tied for 38th place, but tiebreakers put him at 40th place.
Junior Gaven Bruellman was in 72nd place with a two day total of 175, an 88 (44-44) on day one, an 87 (43-44) on day two.
BEA’s other two varsity golfers competing at the state were eighth-grader Ashton Lloyd and sophomore Max Ehrich.
Lloyd shot a 192 for 81st place. He carded a 94 (48-46) on day one, and an 88 (42-46) on day two.
Ehrich was in 86th place with a 190. He shot a 90 (41-50) on day one, and a 100 (55-45) on day two.
“The boys will be playing competitive golf this summer and I look forward see their improvement,” coach Armstrong says. “The section gets tougher with the addition of the state champs from Holy Family Catholic next year, but I would think we still can compete.”
Holy Family Catholic won the tournament with a team score of 620. But, it was Red Wing’s Cecil Belile who took medalist honors with a two total of one under par 143.
Detroit Lakes came in second with a score of 640, Cloquet-Esko was third with a team tally of 641 and then it was Red Wing’s 653 and BEA’s 654 scores.
Hill-Murray was sixth at 658, St. Cloud Cathedral in seventh with 676 and Jackson County Central eighth with 684.
USC State Golf results
In State Class A State Boys Golf Tournament results, United South Central’s Andrew Heggen came in at 20th place.
Heggen had a two day total of 167. He shot an 87 (47-40) on the first day of the tournament, then came back and fired an 80 (42-38) on the second day, to drop eight strokes and get into the top 20.