PREP BOYS AND GIRLS GOLF: Marshall boys win Jordan Invitational, girls place third

JORDAN – The Marshall Tigers, who are the top-ranked Class 2A boys golf team in the state according to the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association, won the two-day Jordan Invitational with a 471 total during the final round Saturday.

The girls side saw Hanna Peterson finish third overall with a 119 and the Tigers finished third as a team with a 534. Perennial powerhouse Detroit Lakes won the tournament with a 472 while Pequot Lakes finished second at 512.

Lightning interrupted play with two holes to go and golfers were forced to use their scores from the first nine holes to add to their totals.

Brent Haukom edged his way to become the medalist with a total of 113 strokes after shooting a 35 on the day. Matt Bennett shot a 39 and finished with a 114 to finish in a tie for second place.

“Brent is in a good groove right now and is feeling really confident about they way he is playing,” Marshall coach Allen Lucht said. “Matt is struggling a little bit making, putts, but he’ll be ok.”

Jacob Baker shot a 41 on the day to finish with a 123 while Matt Christianson also shot a 41 to finish with a 124. John Wyffels finished with a 43 to card a 123 and Alex Buysse added a 43 to shoot 127.

While the Tigers are winning tournaments, Lucht knows things are going to have to improve if the trend is going to continue.

He’d like to see the next four golfers after the top two get down into the 70’s consistently if the team is going to continue to win.

New Ulm finished with a 484 while Detroit Lakes also finished with a 484. They were followed by Albert Lea (488), Hutchinson (504), Clear Lake, Iowa (506), Triton (512), Byron (521), Jordan (525), Waseca (545), St. Peter (553), Belle Plaine (614).

In the girls tournament, Kami Love had the second lowest score for the Tigers with a 132 while Jessica Blanchard shot a 139. Gabby Pogatchnik shot a 190 while Kirsten Webskowski finished with a 202 and Sarah Vogl had a 232.

Marshall girls coach Nancy Blanchard was pleased with her team’s third-place finish.

“Detroit Lakes is one of the premier teams in the state and Pequot Lakes is another team that’s in the state tournament every year,” Blanchard said. “I was pleased with the finish. I know some of the girls we’re frustrated with their play, but we’re getting better.”

Hutchinson was fourth on the girls side with a 580 to go with a 586 from Jordan, a 589 from Albert Lea, and a 657 from Waseca. St. Peter (603) and Triton (716) brought up the rear.