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BEA boy golfers dominate in Fairmont

Maroon and Gold claim top four spots; Gudahl wins medalist honors

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 2, 2021

Braden Gudahl looks on as his putt travels towards the cup during a home meet earlier this year against Maple River.

Warm weather may have been just what the doctor ordered for the Blue Earth Area boys golf team. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s greeted the young men as they began play at Interlaken Golf Club in Fairmont.

BEA topped the field of Big South Conference East Division foes with a 19-stroke victory over the second place Fairmont Cardinals.

The Bucs finished with a team score of 145, Fairmont had 164 followed by New Ulm with 168. St. Peter finished in fourth place with a score of 170. Jackson County Central was fifth with 182 and Waseca was sixth with 187.

BEA golfers recorded the best four scores of the tournament.

Braden Gudahl’s 9-hole score of 35 allowed him to edge teammate Ashton Lloyd, who carded a 36, for the medalist honors.

The Bucs also claimed the third and fourth place spots. Junior Nathan Murphy and senior Gavin Storbeck each carded a 37 to tie for third place.

Manning Lane had a top-10 finish with a round of 40 which put him in a four-way tie for sixth place.

Max Ehrich finished with a round of 43.

Gudahl played the first four holes in 2-over par but birdies on the sixth and ninth holes brought the senior’s score back to even. Gudahl then eagled hole No. 1 to finish with a 2-under-par score of 35.

Lloyd had three birdies during his round of 36. Murphy also birdied three holes while shooting a 37. Storbeck’s 37 included two birdies.

Lane and Ehrich each recorded one birdie during the meet.

New Prague Invitational

Blue Earth Area finished third in the boys portion of the tournament with a team score of 327. Holy Family Catholic was the champion with a score of 323 and St. Peter finished second with 326.

The tourney was played over 18 holes. The four scores for BEA’s team total were Manning Lane and Braden Gudahl, who each shot 80, Gavin Storbeck, who carded an 82 and Ashton Lloyd, who had an 85.

Nathan Murphy contributed an 88 while Max Ehrich shot a 93.