Haukom gets hot as Marshall golf teams win home triangular

Marshall junior Brent Haukom shot a 4-under-par round of 32 on Tuesday to lead the Tiger boys’ golf team to victory in a Southwest Conference triangular at Marshall Golf Club.

The Tigers combined to shoot a 3-over team score of 147 for the nine-hole meet. Redwood Valley was second with a 159 and Worthington shot a 173.

On the girls’ side, Marshall shot its lowest nine-hole score of the year with a 176 to also take top honors. Hanna Peterson had six pars on her way to a team-best round of 39.

With temperatures in the 70s and little to no wind, the Tigers tore up their home course, especially Haukom and fellow junior Matt Bennett. Bennett continued his solid start to the season with a 1-under 35.

Haukom birdied the par-4 eighth, the par-3 ninth and par-5 first and second holes. Marshall boys’ head coach Allen Lucht said the round could have been even better than it was.

“He missed a couple of other birdie putts, but he was really playing well,” Lucht said. “He struggles sometimes and gets into a little funk, but he has battled his way out of that and I’m really proud of how he played today.”

Rounding out the top four scores for the Tigers were a 38 by Jacob Baker and a 42 by Alex Buysse. Lucht elected to have Colin VanKeulen and Kooper Veldhuisen golf varsity for the triangular to gain experience and they shot 43 and 49, respectively.

“We played really well as a team, I was really happy,” said Lucht, whose team had six rounds in the 70s the previous day in Fairmont. “We let a couple of young men who hadn’t played varsity before play today with Colin and Kooper, and they didn’t shoot that great but they played their hearts out.”

Jon Wyffels and Matt Christianson, who normally play with the varsity, each shot 37 for the B-squad on Tuesday.

Marshall girls’ coach Nancy Blanchard was also pleased with how her golfers played. Peterson’s 39 was her lowest nine-hole score of the season. Teammate Jessica Blanchard started her round with a birdie on the first hole but struggled a bit closing out the round and shot a 44.

Kirsten Webskowski and Laura Mitlyng shot 46 and 47, respectively, to round out the top four. Other varsity golfers Allie Pogatchnik and Alysia Rupp shot 49 and 56, respectively.

Nancy Blanchard said the Tigers are rounding into form now that they’ve been getting some consistent time on the course.

“I just feel like they played a little more relaxed today in general,” Blanchard said. “Playing two days in a row, we’re starting to get in that competitive mode now and getting a familiarity with everything, and I think that helped today.”

The Tigers’ busy week on the links continues Friday and Saturday. The Tiger boys’ varsity team will be in Jordan both days. They’ll also send their B-squad to fill in for the varsity team Friday in a dual at Windom. The Marshall girls are at Windom Friday and play in a tournament in Rosemount on Saturday.