Bennett shoots 72 to lead Tiger boys’ golf team in Jordan

Returning to a course they’ve become familiar with in recent years, the Marshall boys’ golf team shot a 312 Friday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan during Day 1 of a two-day tournament.

The Tigers have competed in Jordan each of the last two seasons at the Class AA state golf tournament.

Marshall junior Matt Bennett paced the Tigers with an even-par round of 72. Brent Haukom added a 79, and Jacob Baker and Alex Buysse rounded out the top four scores shooting 80 and 81, respectively.

Marshall head coach Allen Lucht said the team left the course before Day 1 of competition had concluded and he didn’t have team results, but said the Tigers are likely at or near the top of the leaderboard in the 10-team event.

“We played OK for us, but Matt played really well and the other guys bunched up near the top part of our goals and not the lower part of our goals,” Lucht said. “But this is a good group and I think they’ll come out strong (on Day 2 of competition).”

Bennett tied for 26th individually at state last year with a two-day score of 155. He’s been one of the top scorers for Marshall in every event so far this season and continued his steady play.

Lucht said Haukom also shot well, but could have shot even lower if not for a tough stretch over Nos. 4, 5 and 6. The head coach said Haukom struggled a bit as the course changed layout.

“The course is really open through the first few holes but it gets tight through that stretch and really becomes a more closed course,” Lucht said. “What happens is when you get into a tight part of the course, sometimes you try to steer the ball. But actually the tight holes are the ones that really demand a free swing. It happens to even experienced players and Brent got over that and played better on the back nine.”

Baker and Jon Wyffels were making their first trip to Jordan, as they’re the two lone members who weren’t on the state-qualifying team last season. Wyffels shot an 82 Friday, as did Matt Christianson. Lucht said he was pleased with how they played for it being their first round on a difficult course.