BEA boys golfers 1st, FHS girls 2nd at Big South
FAIRMONT — Two points for a regular-season dual-meet win. Twenty-four points up for grabs for winning the Big South Conference tournament, with each descending team place worth two points less.
Individuals score from a maximum of 12 points to a minimum of 1 during each regular-season dual. The tournament champion pockets 72 points, with each descending individual spot worth one point less.
A prep golf scoring system only a mathematics instructor could explain.
“It’s an accumulation of points from the duals and championships,” said Fairmont head girls and boys coach Brad Haugen, who coincidentally is a math teacher.
“For our girls today, it’s straight-forward. We’re tied with Marshall with 10 points apiece going into the tournament,” said Haugen, whose girls lineup won the BSC’s East Division with a 5-0 dual-meet record.
Fairmont golf extraordinaire Bergen Senf, who generated the No. 1 overall points total in the girls rankings, carded an 18-hole round of 81 to win the BSC tournament individual championship Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.
Senf and the hometown Cardinals, however, fired a team total of 369 to finish 13 strokes off the winning pace of co-tournament champions Marshall and Waseca.
“We were ahead of Waseca by four points coming into today’s meet, but we still placed second overall behind Marshall and two points in front of Waseca,” said Haugen, whose lineup captured second in the BSC girls points race for a second consecutive year.
Senf’s round of 40-41 edged Waseca’s Megan Nelson and Marshall’s Olivia Peterson by one stroke each in Monday’s tournament, and topped Fairmont’s runner-up effort overall.
Maggy Totzke penciled in a 43-42-85 for Fairmont to garner fifth place overall in the BSC tourney en route to netting seventh overall in the points race to earn all-conference honors via a top-18 showing.
Isabell Geiger carded a 47-53-100 to place third on the hometown Cardinals’ lineup in Monday’s competition, while Bailey Martinson rounded out Fairmont’s counting scores with a 49-54-103.
Anna Nordquist tallied a 49-57-106 for Fairmont, while Anika Haugen delivered a 58-57-115.
Blue Earth Area senior standout Mateja Lane penciled in an 18-hole round of 44-47-91 to capture 10th place overall in the BSC tourney Monday.
Lane, who earned all-league accolades by amassing the No. 11 overall point total, paced the Bucs’ 10th-place team score of 413 at Rose Lake Golf Course.
Serina Wirth posted a career-best 18-hole mark of 50-51-101 to net second place on the Bucs behind Lane, who’s a perennial all-BSC golfer.
Claire Jordan fired a 54-55-109, while Olivia Stewart chipped in a 50-62-112 to complete BEA’s counting scores on the day.
Kylie Rosenau (57-57-114) and Lyndsey Borris (59-64-123) completed the Bucs’ effort at Rose Lake Golf Course.
While Mateja Lane paced the Blue Earth Area girls’ performance, her brother Manning Lane and Braden Gudahl each posted top-five finishes in Monday’s BSC tourney to help the Bucs leapfrog over Marshall and St. Peter for their second consecutive team points championship.
“We were tied with St. Peter with eight points each in the East Division, but both of us were two points behind (West Division leader) Marshall going into today’s tournament,” said Blue Earth Area head boys golf coach Travis Armstrong. “We had to finish two spots ahead of Marshall and we did that. We had to finish at least one spot ahead of St. Peter and we did that, too, to win the conference championship.”
Gudahl reeled off an incredible string of 17 consecutive pars to finish with a 36-36-72 to share top individual tournament honors with St. Peter’s Carter Doose at Rose Lake Golf Course.
Gudahl’s 1-over par 18-hole round topped the Bucs’ winning team total of 315 — three strokes better than runner-up St. Peter and five less than third-place Marshall.
“Braden just played lights out today with his run of consecutive pars, while Gaven (Bruellman) and Hunter (Spencer) found a way to help us win as a team today,” said Armstrong, whose lineup edged Marshall for the points crown, 32-30.
While Blue Earth Area’s Manning Lane connected for 11 pars and a birdie on the ninth hole to produce a tie for the fifth-best tournament round at 38-39-77 at Rose Lake, Bruellman and Spencer penciled in the Bucs’ third and fourth totals, respectively, Monday. Bruellman netted a 43-39-82, while Spencer fired back-to-back 42s for an 84 to provide the narrow different in the team scoring.
Gudahl and Lane climbed the overall points ladder from 12th and 16th, respectively, to No. 5 and No. 6 to earn all-BSC honors, while Spencer and Bruellman garnered all-league status in 15th and 17th, respectively.
Max Ehrich tallied a 41-46-87, while Ashton Lloyd chipped in a 44-45-89 to round out Blue Earth Area’s effort at Rose Lake Golf Course.
Fairmont senior standout Tanner DeWar joined the Bucs’ point-producing foursome in earning all-BSC accolades by shooting back-to-back 39s for a round of 78 — good enough for a tie for seventh overall at Rose Lake on Monday.
DeWar, who captured ninth in the points race, topped Fairmont’s fifth-place team showing of 350 in the tourney.
Colby Grotte turned in a 45-44-89 to finish second on Fairmont’s lineup behind DeWar, David Maakestad made his mark with a 45-46-91, while Alexander Moeller filled out the hometown Cardinals’ counting scores with back-to-back 46s for a round of 92.
Mathew Cone (49-52-101) and Brock Lutterman (57-53-110) completed Fairmont’s effort on the day.
The Fairmont girls golf team tees off at 9 a.m. Wednesday during Day 1 of the Section 3AA Meet at Oakdale Golf Club near Buffalo Lake, while the Cardinal boys golf lineup opens sectional action at 9 a.m. Thursday at Oakdale Golf Club.
Both sets of Blue Earth Area golfers tee off first-round Section 2AA Meet action at 9 a.m. at New Prague Golf Course.
The Buc girls hit the fairways on Friday, while the Blue Earth Area boys step to the tee box on Tuesday, May 28.