Tiger boys’ golf team gets first in Fairmont; girls 3rd

A change in the weather coincided with a change in play for the Marshall boys’ golf team. Three days after having no Tiger golfers break 80 in Hutchinson, all six Marshall varsity golfers took advantage of ideal conditions and shot in the 70s Monday in Fairmont.

The Tigers posted a team score of 310 to win the eight-team tournament. Host Fairmont was seven strokes back in second place.

The Marshall girls’ team was third out of eight squads with their score of 380. Southwest Conference rival Windom won the event with a score of 369, and the Fairmont girls were just two strokes ahead of the Tigers with a 378.

Marshall boys’ head coach Allen Lucht said Friday that golfing in the frigid weather wasn’t fun at all, but playing in the 60-degree temperatures Monday had Lucht and his team change their tune.

“The weather did help today. It was only about a five-mile-per-hour wind and the course was in pretty good shape,” Lucht said. “We had all six boys in the 70s, and that’s what they’re shooting for all the time now. They’ll probably jell pretty well together from here on out.”

Juniors Matt Bennett and Matt Christianson led the Tigers with a 76 and 77, respectively. Jon Wyffels followed with a 78, and Alex Buysse, Brent Haukom and Jacob Baker each added a 79.

Lucht was especially happy to see Christianson break through with a round in the 70s after a bit of a slow start to the season.

“We were just waiting for him to get his confidence back. That’s all he needed was to get confident,” Lucht said. “But they all still have to improve their wedge play and their play around the greens. They’ll work on that.”

On the girls’ side, Marshall’s Jessica Blanchard paced the Tigers with a round of 86. She finished in fourth place individually and was just two strokes out of first place.

“She’s brought it down another notch and has been playing pretty consistently,” Marshall girls’ coach Nancy Blanchard said. “She got a new driver and is starting to hit that a little straighter than she was at the beginning of the year.”

Hanna Peterson and Allie Pogatchnik each shot 95 for Marshall. Kirsten Webskowski rounded out the top four with a 104.

“It was a perfect day to play golf,” Nancy Blanchard said. “This course is a little tricky in that it takes some course knowledge on some of the holes – there’s a tricky par-5 No. 11 and a tricky par-4 No. 12. That kind of cost us with a few of the players, but other than that I thought we played decent.”

The Tigers continue a busy week today with a Southwest Conference triangular against Worthington and Redwood Valley at Marshall Golf Club.