Fairmont’s Senf, B.E. Area golf team place 5th at state

FIFTH AT STATE — Fairmont’s Bergen Senf watches her chip from the fringe roll into the cup during second-round Class AA state tournament action Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Senf went on to place fifth. (Photo by Greg Abel)

JORDAN — Twenty-fifth to 16th to fifth.

In three years competing as an individual at the Class AA state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan, Fairmont’s Bergen Senf has only climbed the scoreboard.

Senf sank three birdies — the par-5 seventh, the par-4 12th and the par-3 17th, while making eight pars to build a Day 2 score of 39-40-79 Wednesday.

On the 17th hole, Senf’s drive landed 4 feet from the pin and stuck, leaving Senf with an easy birdie putt.

Senf’s 79 complemented her first-round 38-38-76 to give her a two-day 76-79-155, her best outcome in three state meets. In 2018, she finished 16th at 83-82-165 and in 2017, she shot 87-88-175 for 25th.

Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen said Senf’s maturity came through in her junior tournament.

“(Day 2) was a much tougher day,” Haugen said. “Even though it wasn’t raining, the wind plays havoc at this course. … Just having to deal with keeping the ball in the fairway when you need it and not playing too aggressively on certain shots. On the front nine, she played well, pretty conservative and on the back nine she just had to play solid. She got a couple bad bounces, but Bergen never let it affect her, just moved on to the next shot. To birdie the 17th hole and just miss birdie on the last hole kept her in it and she got that nice top-five finish.

“It’s always been awesome watching Bergen work, because she’s going to outwork everybody. She continues to have that passion, even today we were talking about drills we were going to do for next year. It’s just awesome. Her maturity came through today, just working through her adversity, when she came across something tough, she just brushed it off and went on to the next shot. She was able to put things behind her. In the past she was a little more emotional as a younger kid and it was nice to see as a junior, she showed that maturity. We’re looking forward to next year.”

Red Wing’s Sophia Yoemans won the individual championship for the second consecutive year when she combined back-to-back rounds of 69 for a two-day 138.

In the Class AA boys tournament, the Blue Earth Area Bucs finished fifth as a team for the second consecutive year after placing eighth two years ago.

BEA’s score of 654 was one stroke behind fourth-place Red Wing’s 653 and 34 shots back of champion Holy Family Catholic’s 620.

Hunter Spencer led the Bucs with his Day 2 score of 38-41-79. Spencer put together seven pars and three birdies on the par-3 third, par-4 sixth and par-5 18th to complement his Day 1 score of 39-39-78 and give him a two-day total of 78-79-157, which locked him in a tie for 20th as an individual.

Manning Lane followed his Day 1 39-41-80 with a Day 2 40-40-80. Lane used 11 pars, including a run of every-other hole through the first 11, as well as a birdie on the par-3 15th hole to card his Day 2 80 and finish with a total of 80-80-160 to tie for 29th in the individual rankings.

Braden Gudahl improved on his Day 1 37-46-83 to card a Day 2 total of 37-42-79. Gudahl sank nine par putts, including the final four holes he played, as well as a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole to tab his Day 2 score and finish the tournament at 83-79-162, which tied him for 38th individually.

Gaven Bruellman sank seven pars and a birdie on the par-5 18th to put up a Day 2 43-44-87 to complement his Day 1 44-44-88. Bruellman was the final BEA counting score at 175.

BEA head coach Travis Armstrong said the Bucs seemed to relax on the Day 2 back nine, which helped to improve their scores.

“The kids came out here and battled,” Armstrong said. “We started slow again, but a lot of the guys had better last nine holes. Maybe they finally relaxed and played a little bit of summertime golf and had some fun. Lessons to be learned, we’re still young. We’re gonna miss Hunter. He’s been a great leader, a great captain.

“We appreciate Hunter and everything he’s done for me and for the team. Hopefully the young guys learned from his leadership.”

Ashton Lloyd made nine par putts on Day 2 to card a total of 42-46-88 and give him a two-day score of 94-88-182.

Max Ehrich rounded out the Bucs scoring with a two-day 91-100-191 after making four pars and a birdie on the par-5 15th for a Day 2 total of 55-45-100.

Class AA State Golf Meet

(Final Results)

Boys Division

Team Standings: 1. Holy Family Catholic 310-310-620; 2. Detroit Lakes 317-323-640; 3. Cloquet/Esko 325-316-641; 4. Red Wing 331-322-653; 5. Blue Earth Area 329-325-654; 6. Hill Murray 325-333-658; 7. St. Cloud Cathedral 336-340-676; 8. Jackson County Central 345-339-684.

Blue Earth Area scores: Hunter Spencer 78-79-157; Manning Lane 80-80-160; Braden Gudahl 83-79-162; Gaven Bruellman 88-87-175; Ashton Lloyd 94-88-182; Max Ehrich 91-100-191.

Individual results (Top 10): 1. Cecil Belisle (Red Wing) 74-69-143; 2. Ben Warian (Hill Murray) 73-72-145; 3. Carter Doose (St. Peter)74-74-148; 4. (tie) Blake Stedronsky (Holy Family Catholic), Glavine Schugel (New Ulm) and Thomas Gutzmer (Jordan) 149s; 7. James Ylitalo (Delano) 152; 8. (tie) Gavin Best (Blake), Andrew Hoppe (Maple River) and Hunter Burnside (Detroit Lakes) 153s.

Girls Division

Individual results (Top 10): 1. Sophia Yoemans (Red Wing) 69-69-138; 2. Leah Herzog (Red Wing) 73-72-145; 3. Anna Cihak (Detroit Lakes) 75-77-152; 4. Anna Tollefson (Lacrescent-Hokah) 77-77-154; 5. (tie) Bergen Senf (Fairmont) 76-79-155, Ava Wallerich (Lake City) 77-78-155; 7. Madi McGinty (M/BBE) 78-79-157; 8. Shelby Busker (Detroit Lakes) 78-80-158; 9. Claire Orcutt (St. Clair/Loyola) 78-81-159; 10. (tie) Olivia Peterson (Marshall) 80-81-161, Emily Harste (M/BBE), Taya Kwiatkowski (Eveleth-Gilbert) 81-80-161, Jacqueline Gossen (M/BBE) 73-88-161.