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April 30, 2017

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The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys golf team had little trouble with their match last Monday against the St. James Saints at the Riverside Town & Country Golf Club.

In fact, the match was over before it even started. The Saints only had one varsity player, so they did not have a team total score, which takes four scores.

The Buccaneers still played, as their scores would still count towards the Big South Conference points totals for All-Conference as would the score of the lone St. James golfer.

The Buccaneers as a team came in with a score of 165 on a very windy and overcast day.

Leading the way was Manning Lane, who carded a 38 for the nine-hole round. He was followed by Hunter Spencer and Braden Gudahl, who each shot a 42, and Gaven Bruellman who was just one stroke back with a 43.

Lane gained 12 BSC points, Spencer and Gudahl each had 11 and Bruellman nine.

St. James Saint player Clay Winrich came in with a 46 and gained eight BSC points.

The other two BEA varsity players also had points. Tate Thielfoldt shot a 53 and received seven points, while teammate Kohl Jacobsen shot a 54 and got six conference points.

The Buccaneer JV team had a tally of 173 for their team score. The junior varsity was led by Donavan Weerts, who shot a 47, and Caleb Beeler and Nathan Murphy, who each carded a 53. Liam Holland added a 56 for the teams' total.

The Bucs were scheduled to have played last Tuesday at St. Peter, but were rained out. That meet has been cancelled.

Next up for BEA was a meet on Friday, April 28, hosting Maple River. Those results will be in the next Faribault County Register.

This week the Bucs play at New Ulm on Monday, then host Fairmont on Thursday.

On Saturday, May 6, they will be at the Fairmont Invitational.

Jordan Invitational Meet

The Buccaneers were one of 12 teams participating in the Jordan Invitational Meet, on the same course that will be the site of the State Golf Meet in June.

The tourney featured some top teams from around the state.

The Bucs shot a team total of 716 for the two-day tourney (353 round one, 363 round two). That put them into 11th place.

Detroit Lakes placed first with a 632, Lake City second with 637, Clear Lake third at 639, New Ulm fourth at 654, Crookston fifth at 665, St. Peter sixth with 682, Byron and Marshall tied for seventh with 686, Jordan ninth with 707, and Greenway/N/K just one stroke better than the Bucs with 715 and 10th place. Hibbing was one stroke behind BEA and was 12th with 717.

The Bucs were led by Gaven Bruellman, who carded an 84 the first day and an 89 the second for a total of 173. That put him in 35th place out of the 70 golfers.

Hunter Spencer was tied for 40th place with a two-day total of 177 (90-87). Right behind Spencer was Manning Lane in 42nd place with a 179 (87-92).

Buccaneer Braden Gudahl shot a 187 (92-95) and was in 50th place.

Taking medalist honors was Ben Unruh of Detroit Lakes, who carded a 147 (74-73) for the tournament.

Girls Results:

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls team, meanwhile, cruised to a win last Monday at Riverside Town & Country Golf Club.

The Bucs were hosting the St. James Saints, but the Saints only had one varsity player able to compete.

That meant the girls won the meet before a single club was swung, walking away with a victory.

The girls played the nine-hole round in order to gain Big South Conference points towards being on the All-Conference list at the end of the season.

As a team the Buccaneer girls shot a 212 for a score.

Leading the way was Mateja Lane, who came in with a 46, was the medalist, and gained 12 BSC points.

Claire Jordan came in with a 51 for 11 BSC points, and right behind her was Malarie Scholtes with a 52 and 10 points. Olivia Myers shot a 63 and gained eight points.

The lone St. James player, Hannah Peterson, shot a 52 and also received 10 conference points.

Other BEA varsity players were Serena Wirth who shot a 68 and received seven points, and Olivia Stewart who carded a 71 good for six BSC points.

The Buccaneer JV team only had three players and so could not record a total team score.

Low junior varsity score was recorded by Maddie Armon with a 62. Alyssa Ripley shot a 65 and Gabby Weerts a 74.

The Bucs were supposed to have played at an invitational at St. Peter last Tuesday, but it was rained out and cancelled.

Their next golf meet will be Thursday, May 4, when they host Fairmont.

On Saturday, May 6, they will be at Fairmont for an invitational.

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