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Golfers hit the course for first meet

Boys and girls teams battle Maple River, cold temps and the wind

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Apr 18, 2021

Gavin Storbeck watches his putt head towards the cup during BEA’s meet against the Maple River Eagles. Storbeck claimed medalist honors with a 1-over par 37.

The Blue Earth Area boys golf team opened their season by hosting the Maple River Eagles in a nonconference dual at Riverside Town & Country Club on Friday, April 9.

It did not feel like golf weather with below normal temperatures and gusty wind conditions but the teams played on and BEA won the meet 159-202.

Gavin Storbeck, competing in his first season of high school golf, shot a 1-over par score of 37 to claim medalist honors. His BEA teammate, Ashton Lloyd, was the runner up with a 2-over 38.

Max Ehrich fired a 42 and Nathan Murphy came through with a 43 to round out BEA’s counting scores for the meet.

Braden Gudahl and Kyren Sunken had scores of 44 and 55, respectively, in the first competition of the season.

Storbeck had six pars and two bogies through the first eight holes. The senior birdied the par-5 ninth hole to claim top honors for the day.

Lloyd had seven pars and two bogies to account for his score. Ehrich had four pars and Murphy had one birdie and two pars.

Teien Murphy finished with five pars for the Eagles to produce a team-best score of 41.

BEA girls

The Blue Earth Area girls golf team opened their season on Friday, April 9, by hosting the Maple River Eagles at Riverside Town & Country Club.

The BEA girls fought windy and cold conditions to produce a team score of 230.

Maple River did not have a complete team so they did not have a score.

Junior Kylie Rosenau was the leader for the Maroon and Gold with a score of 53. Payten Gudahl was next with a 56. She was followed closely by Katelyn Storbeck who carded a 57. Allie Lopez completed the team scoring with a 64.

Other scores for Buccaneer golfers included a 68 by Rylan Storbeck and a 69 by Jordan Smith.

Makenzie Walters of Maple River was the medalist for the meet. She had a score of 51.

Cold, damp and windy conditions forced the postponement of a meet scheduled for April 13 at Minn-Iowa Golf Course.

The girls are scheduled to return to action on April 19 when they host a Big South Conference Division Event at Riverside Town & Country Club beginning at 4 p.m.