Marshall golfers beat the heat, win dual in Luverne

The Marshall boys’ and girls’ golf teams picked up their second win in as many days Tuesday, playing in a Southwest Conference dual with Luverne at Luverne Country Club.

The Tiger girls’ shot a 178 to easily defeat the host Cardinals, who shot a 226.

Jessica Blanchard led the charge for the Tigers with a 4-over round of 40. Kirsten Webskowski added a 41, while Hanna Peterson and Laura Mitlyng shot 48 and 49, respectively, to round out the top four.

Marshall girls’ head coach Nancy Blanchard said the rounds by Jessica Blanchard and Webskowski could have been even better if not for a slip up at the end.

“Both of those two doubled their last hole, so they were playing really well up until them. Anything between 39 and 42 is playing some nice golf and it’s exciting to see them playing so well.”

The Tiger girls’ shot what Blanchard thought to be a school record of 166 Monday in Pipestone. Tuesday’s score wasn’t quite as low, but Blanchard said the course in Luverne proved to be a bit more challenging on what was a hot and windy day.

“This course was very different from Pipestone,” she said. “Pipestone was wide open and this one is definitely tighter. There were lots of shots out from the trees and things like that, so this course wasn’t quite as forgiving.”

The Tiger boys posted a 158 team score to beat Luverne by 20 strokes. Alex Buysse shot a 2-over 38 for the low score of the day, and Brent Haukom was just a stroke back. Marshall’s Matt Bennet and Jacob Baker contributed to the Tigers’ team score by shooting 40 and 41, respectively.

Although the Tigers won easily, Marshall boys’ head coach Allen Lucht said they seemed to be just a bit off their game.

“In these nine-hole matches the boys seem to have a little more trouble with concentration,” he said. “But the 38 by Alex was nice to see. He’s been right around 40 and I think he’s finally found that he can sink a few putts. He has a good enough golf swing that it’s just a matter of him getting confident.”

Lucht said the course in Luverne was pretty hard and dried out. With a tight course and narrow greens, the wind made it difficult on his golfers to go low.

The Tiger boys’ and girls’ teams stay will be back on the road Thursday when they head to an invitational in St. Cloud.

Boys’ Team Scores: Marshall 158, Luverne 178

Marshall Individual Scores: Alex Buysse 38, Brent Haukom 39, Matt Bennett 40, Jacob Baker 41, Matt Christianson 42, Jon Wyffels 44.

Girls’ Team Scores: Marshall 178, Luverne 226

Marshall Individual Scores: Jessica Blanchard 40, Kirsten Webskowski 41, Hanna Peterson 48, Laura Mitlyng 49, Allie Pogatchnik 54, Marah Mulso 58.