B.E. Area golfers make it 3 section crowns in a row

SCORING PUNCH — Blue Earth Area golfer Manning Lane hammers an iron shot down the fairway during the final round of the Section 2AA Meet at New Prague Golf Course on Monday. (Photo by Greg Abel)

NEW PRAGUE — With New Prague Golf Club finally playable Monday, the Blue Earth Area Buc boys golf team advanced to the Class AA state meet for a third consecutive year.

The BEA boys move on to the state meet at Ridges @ Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan on June 11-12.

The Bucs combined for a two-day score of 620 to beat St. Peter’s second-place total of 630.

BEA’s Manning Lane finished second overall in the Section 2AA tournament behind St. Peter’s Carter Doose. Lane shot an even-par 72 on Day 1 of the tournament last Friday and hit a 38-39-77 on Day 2.

Starting on the back nine, Lane birdied the par-4 10th hole, before sinking a par putt on the 11th. He made par on three consecutive holes — Nos. 14-16 — before making par on No. 18. He parred five holes and sank a birdie on the front nine to end his round 1-under on the final five holes.

The Bucs’ Braden Gudahl took fourth overall in the competition. After finishing Day 1 5-over 77, he shot a 38-38-76 on Day 2.

Gudahl parred his first three holes and five of his first six before he birdied the par-4 16th to get back to even on the day through seven holes. He birdied the par-5 first hole to start his back nine, then parred two of the next four, birdied the par-5 sixth hole and parred two of his final three.

BEA’s Hunter Spencer finished sixth as an individual with a two-day score of 74-82-156.

Spencer put together four pars and a birdie on Nos. 10-18, then three pars and two birdies on Nos. 1-9 to build his score.

Gaven Bruellman contributed the final BEA counting score with his two-day total of 85-77-162 to finish 11th as an individual.

Bruellman combined pars on his first two holes, then five consecutive after a bogey to build his back-nine score of 38. Bruellman then put together five pars and a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole to total 39 on the front nine.

BEA head coach Travis Armstrong said his team performed well against tough competition.

“We knew St. Peter was going to be tough, but we’d beat them three out of five times this year,” Armstrong said. “I knew we were gonna have to have low scores, but we were gonna need consistent scores and that’s what we got today.

“The first nine especially was fantastic. Through the first two holes we were 1-under for all six guys. We had a solid start, that opened up an 11-shot lead with nine to play. Hunter (Spencer) struggled a little bit, but he finished strong and we were basically able to maintain that … lead over the final nine holes.”

Ashton Lloyd combined his Day 1 score of 86 with his Day 2 total of 84 for a 170, 20th-place finish as an individual. Lloyd used six pars and a birdie on the par-4 17th to put up a back-nine score of 38, then sank a par on the front nine for a 46.

Max Ehrich rounded out the Bucs’ scoring with his two-day score of 85-90-175 for 25th overall.

Ehrich used three pars and a birdie on the par-5 11th hole to build his Day 2 total of 44-46-90.

With the BEA boys going to state for a third consecutive year, Armstrong expects a lot of pressure at the state meet, but he’s confident his team can perform well.

“Two years ago, we were last. Last year we were fifth,” Armstrong said. “If we can finish in the top four, that would be really cool. We just want to play as well as we can. We’ve run into some teams that are going to be there and we were able to beat them at some of our 18-hole tournaments, but the state tournament is a whole different thing, a whole different kind of pressure.”

In the girls’ competition, BEA’s Mateja Lane finished 11th as an individual, one spot away from qualifying for the state competition, with her two-day total of 93-91-184. Lane sank six par putts on Day 2 to card a round of 46-45-91.

The Bucs’ Maddie Armon finished 20th as an individual with her two-day score of 105-108-213.

Jordan won the Section 2AA girls team competition with a score of 689 — 72 shots ahead of Waseca’s second-place total of 761.

Section 2AA Golf Meet

Boys Division

Final Team Standings (Champion advances to state meet): 1. Blue Earth Area 620; 2. St. Peter 630; 3. Jordan 662; 4. Glencoe-Silver Lake 667.

Final Individual Results (Top five from non-state team advance): 1. Carter Doose (St. Peter) 140; 2. Manning Lane (BEA) 149; 3. Kendall Nicolai (St. Peter) 152; 4. Braden Gudahl (BEA) 153; 5. Andrew Hoppe (Maple River) 154; 6. (tie) Hunter Spencer (BEA), Thomas Gutzmer (Jordan) and Mason Sohre (Maple River) 156s; 9. Zach Meyer (GSL) 158; 10. Riley Schuth (GSL) 161; 11. Gaven Bruellman (BEA) 162; 12. Justin Stauffacher (Belle Plaine) 164; 13. (tie) Cole Haller (Belle Plaine) and Tanner Angelsted (Kenyon-Wannamingo) 165s; 15. (tie) Noah Roe (St. Clair/Loyola) and Will Traeger (Shattuck-St. Mary’s) 166s; 17. (tie) Tucker McKinney (Albert Lea) and Ian Hennen (Jordan) 168; 19. Marshall Nicolai (St. Peter) 169; 20. Ashton Lloyd (BEA) 170.

State Individual Qualifiers: Carter Doose (St. Peter); Kendall Nicolai (St. Peter); Andrew Hoppe (Maple River); Thomas Gutzmer (Jordan); Mason Sohre (Maple River).

Girls Division

Final Team Standings: 1. Jordan 689; 2. Waseca 761; 3. LeSueur-Henderson 774; 4. Albert Lea 813.

Final Individual Results: 1. Claire Orcutt (St. Clair/Loyola) 164; 2. Crystal Cariveau (Waseca) 169; 3. Emily Henderson (Jordan) 170; 4. Rachel Henderson 171; 5. Makenna Reinhardt (LeSueur-Henderson) 172; 6. (tie) Abby Oehlerking (Jordan), Hannah Potter (Waseca) 174s; 8. (tie) Autumn Sivilay (Jordan), Kylie Dunning (LeSueur-Henderson) 176s; 10. Molly Kelvington (Jordan) 182; 11. Mateja Lane (BEA) 184; 12. Charley Fleek (Albert Lea) 190; 13. Whitney Wieck (LeSueur-Henderson) 198; 14. (tie) Aysia Kim (Jordan), Whitney Mullenbach (Albert Lea) 200s; 16. Brianna Highum (Waseca) 202; 17. (tie) Alyssa Jensen (Albert Lea), Mia Hansen (St. Peter) 203s; 19. Emily Salfer (St. Peter) 207; 20. Maddie Armon (BEA) 213.

State Individual Qualifiers: Claire Orcutt (St. Clair/Mankato Loyola); Crystal Cariveau (Waseca); Makenna Reinhardt (LeSueur-Henderson); Hannah Potter (Waseca); Kylie Dunning (LeSueur-Henderson).