PREP BOYS AND GIRLS GOLF: Tigers roar on course

TYLER – It was the kind of day when everything went right for the Marshall Tigers.

The MHS boys and girls teams both won Class 2A Section 3 Southwest Division championships on Wednesday at Tyler Golf Club. Both squads had sub-section medalists with Brent Haukom and Hanna Peterson. In fact, the top five individual boys and girls scores all came from Marshall.

But the sweetest treat for the Tigers happened on the 14th tee, where Peterson struck her first hole-in-one.

“It was a blind shot,” Peterson said. “I hit it and one of the spectators told me later the ball bounced twice and went into the cup. The hole location was at the front of the green.”

Peterson ended up with an eight-over 79 after using 37 shots on the front nine and 42 shots on the back. Only one-over par after nine holes, her hole-in-one at No. 14 came during a back-nine stretch that saw Peterson finish seven-over.

The only competition Peterson faced came from her MHS teammates. Jessica Blanchard had a 10-over 81 to become the sub-section runner up, while Kirsten Webskowski placed third overall with a 14-over 85. Kami Love and Gabby Pogatchznik tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard, each with a 15-over 86.

“The toughest part of this course is the rough,” Marshall girls golf head coach Nancy Blanchard said. “It’s very thick and a lot of high school girls do not have the strength to lift the ball out of it. We had to be very accurate to keep our shots on the fairway, especially at No. 13, where there are water hazards on both sides.”

Blanchard was excited to see many MHS scorers bunched together.

“It’s encouraging to have scores that range from the upper 70s to the mid-to-upper 80s,” Blanchard said. “If we can continue to play this way, I think we can keep advancing.”

The MHS girls defeated Worthington 331-398. Luverne (409) and Pipestone Area (488) placed third and fourth, respectively.

The Tigers’ boys and girls golf teams advanced to the Section 3 Championships, which will take place May 29 at Oakdale Golf Club near Buffalo Lake. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.

Five more girls qualified for the section meet on an individual basis. They include Makayla Sterrett of Luverne (23-over 94), Anneke Weg of Worthington (24-over 95), Hailey Remme of Luverne (27-over 98), Selina Hua of Worthington (29-over 100) and Tyree Murray of Worthington (30-over 101).

In order to advance to the section meet, Murray defeated Madison Crabtree of Luverne (30-over 101) in a one-hole playoff at No. 10.

Six of the top seven individual boys scores were turned in by Marshall, which had its entire squad break the 80-shot plateau in a 291-stroke effort.

Medalist Brent Haukom carded a 3-under 68, while runner-up Matt Bennett posted a one-over 72. They were four shots apart (34-38) at the turn.

Haukom, the 2014 Southwest Conference medalist, has enjoyed the way he has been playing of late.

“It’s mostly been with my short game. It has been solid. I am making more putts than I normally make,” Haukom said. “Obviously, I have been hitting some good shots to set up those putts.”

Marshall boys golf head coach Allen Lucht said Haukom is making the most of his course time.

“He is playing in a zone right now and I hope it continues all the way through the state tournament for him,” Lucht said.

The rest of the Tigers turned in superb performances with Alex Buysse (third, four-over 75), Jon Wyffels (fourth, five-over 76), Jacob Baker (fourth, five-over 76) and Matt Christianson (seventh, eight-over 79). Section qualifier Chaz Smedsrud (sixth, six-over 77) of Luverne was the only golfer to breakup Marshall’s stronghold on the top seven individual spots.

“Our boys have gelled together through their hard work” Lucht said. “It’s a credit to all of our boys for their scores being so close together They know they have to do that to be successful.”

Eleven shots separated the six MHS golfers.

Other individual boys section qualifiers were Will Mulder of Worthington (seventh, eight-over 79), Tyler Van Hove of Worthington (ninth, 11-over 82), Jaren Solt of Worthington (ninth. 11-over 82) and Brock Morgan (ninth, 11-over 82).

Marshall finished 41 shots in front of Worthington (332), followed by Luverne (334) and Pipestone Area (362).

CLASS 2A GOLF SECTION 3 SOUTHWEST DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Boys

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marshall 291, 2. Worthington 332, 3. Luverne 334, 4. Pipestone Area 362.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: 1. Brent Haukom (M) 34-34-68; 2. Matt Bennett (M) 34-38-72; 3. Alex Buysse (M) 38-37-75; 4. (tie) Jon Wyffels (M) 38-38-76 and Jacob Baker (M) 40-36-76; 6. Chaz Semdsrud (L) 38-39-77; 7. (tie) Matt Christianson (M) 37-42-79 and Will Mulder (W) 40-39-79; 9. (tie) Tyler Van Hove (W) 41-41-82, Jaren Solt (W) 43-39-82 and Brock Morgan (PA) 42-40-82.

MARSHALL: Brent Haukom 34-34-68; Matt Bennett 34-38-72; Alex Buysse 38-37-75; Jon Wyffels 38-38-76, Jacob Baker 40-36-76, Matt Christianson 37-42-79.

WORTHINGTON: Will Mulder 40-39-79; Tyler Van Hove 41-41-82; Jaren Solt 43-39-82; Nathoe Vorasane 46-43-89; Jake Weg 43-49-92; Ben Koepsell 48-58-106.

LUVERNE: Chaz Smedsrud 38-39-77; Colton Arends 44-40-84; Blake Stengenga 43-42-85; Cole Walgrave 46-42-88; Spencer Riphagen 47-43-90; Coy Gonnerman 45-46-91.

PIPESTONE AREA: Brock Morgan 42-40-82; Riley Budden 50-42-92; A.J. Bucher 42-51-93; Trent VanRoekel 45-52-97; Caleb Tinklenberg 47-48-95; Donavon Johnson 50-55-105.

Girls

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marshall 331, 2. Worthington 398, 3. Luverne 409, 4. Pipestone Area 488.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: 1. Hanna Peterson (M) 37-42-79; 2. Jessica Blanchard (M) 41-40-81; 3. Kirsten Webskowski (M) 40-45-85; 4. (tie) Kami Love (M) 44-42-86 and Gabby Pogatchznik (M) 43-43-86; 6. Makayla Sterrett (L) 50-44-94; 7. Anneke Weg (W) 50-45-95; 8. Hailey Remme (L) 50-49-98; 9. Selina Hua (W) 50-50-100; 10. (tie) Tyree Murray (W) 51-50-101 and Madison Crabtree (L) 55-46-101. NOTE: Murray defeated Crabtree during a one-hole playoff for the final section-qualifying spot.

MARSHALL: Hanna Peterson 37-42-79; 2. Jessica Blanchard 41-40-81; 3. Kirsten Webskowski 40-45-85; Kami Love 44-42-86; Gabby Pogatchznik 43-43-86; Sarah Vogl 58-60-118.

WORTHINGTON: Anneke Weg 50-45-95; Selina Hua 50-50-100; Tyree Murray 51-50-101; Rachel Koller 51-51-102; Becca Christianson 56-56-112.

LUVERNE: Makayla Sterrett 50-44-94; Hailey Remme 50-48-98; Madison Crabtree 55-46-101; Hannah VerSteeg 59-57; Mira Uithoven 64-69-133.

PIPESTONE AREA: Anneka Bucher 55-56-111; Brittney Reinert 62-62-124; Lorissa Derby 61-65-126; Paige Morgan 67-60-127; Darian Reick 68-68-136; Chelsey Hinniker 71-70-141.