Windom boys dominate field (Windom and W-WG boys, RRC and W-WG girls advance to Section 3A golf tournament )
WORTHINGTON -- For seven holes, Windom's Hunter Johnson was cruising through Monday's Sub-Section 3A golf tournament at Worthington Country Club.
However, even with a double bogey and a bogey on Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, Johnson finished with a 73 to lead Windom to a team score of 316 to advance to the Section 3A tournament.
"I had a double on eight and a bogey on nine; other than that, it was pretty smooth," Johnson said. "I hit into the sand trap on eight, and it kind of buried, so that's how I ended up doubling."
Westbrook-Walnut Grove ended with a 346 to finish second and will also advance to Friday's section meet in Marshall.
Windom had four scores of 82 or less to win by 30 strokes Monday.
"We cruised today," Johnson said. "We'll get a little more competition (Friday), but it's still fun to go out and shoot really low."
Johnson shot a 38 on the front, but finished with a 35 on the back to card a 73.
"I went par/birdie on the back and then drove No. 11 and had a two-putt birdie," Johnson said. "So, that was pretty cool, and I just rode it out the rest of the day."
Jordan Stahl finished with a 79 for the Eagles, while Jared Heger and Adam Eisenmenger each shot 82.
"On the back nine, I kind of self destructed," Stahl said. "I hit one green on the back nine, and I hit eight on the front. I couldn't chip or putt. I hit a decent amount of fairways -- more than I have the last few days."
The two scores that were not used were Tate Lindvall's 83 and Jordan Higley's 86.
"I didn't get to see much of the boys today, but 316, wow, what can you say, what a great score," Windom head coach Dave Eyberg said. "The kids are playing real solid and real good right now."
Derek Eichner led W-WG with an 81, while Jared Lindaman finished with an 87. Austin Quade and Brandon Jenniges each carded an 89 for the Chargers.
Blake Walker led the Red Rock Central attack with a second-place finish and a 79 on the day.
"It was very good, actually," Walker said of his round. "A couple of days ago, I actually broke my driver, so I didn't have a driver today. I teed off with a hybrid, but on this course, all you have to do is keep it straight."
The senior will advance individually to sections for the first time in his career.
"I made some big putts when I needed to," Walker said. "Overall, I like how I played. Hopefully, I can keep playing like that on Friday."
Teammate Matt Fox carded an 89 and will advance individually, as will Chris Miller (91). Jordan Smith finished with a 104 on the day.
Southwest Star Concept finished fourth with a 372 behind Brady Hall and Cory Pelzel's rounds of 90 each. Both golfers will advance.
Jeremy Luebben finished with a 93, while Logan Glasser carded a 99 for the Quasars.
Hills-Beaver Creek fired a 375 as a team behind Caleb Ellingson's 87, who will advance to Friday's meet. Andrew Scholten and Caleb Schroer each finished with a 93, while Austin Rauk shot a 102.
Kaiser DeKam carded a 90 to lead Southwest Christian to a 377 and a sixth-place finish, while Philip Feikema shot a 91 as both players will advance individually.
Dustin Oberloh (97) and Kyle DeBoer (99) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.
Round Lake-Brewster's Tim Haberman fired a 92 to lead the Raiders to a 386 and a seventh-place finish. Erik Bourquin, Craig Correll and Kyle Wendland all finished with a 98 for the Raiders.
The section meet will be Friday in Marshall.
"I think they are excited to go back to Marshall," Eyberg said of his Windom team. "The boys are very confident, and we'll see what happens."
With only two girls finishing under 100 on the day, RRC's Alyse Quade fired a 95 to lead the Falcons to a team score of 422 and a first-place finish.
W-WG carded a 429 and will also advance to Friday's section tournament in Marshall.
Behind Quade's 95, Caitlyn DeCock finished with a 105, while Sarah DeCock carded a 108. Alison Kircher rounded out the scoring for the Falcons with a 114.
W-WG was led by Alexis Quade's 100. Ellie Vondracek finished with a 104, while Whitney Frank fired a 108, and Danielle Osland ended with a 117.
Adrian's Brittany Loosbrock carded the other sub-100 round, as she finished with a 96 on the day.
"In my second round, a couple of holes didn't go so good," Loosbrock said. "I had an eight and a seven, but I came back from that and pared a lot of holes. I felt comfortable, and the group of girls I golfed with were really good."
While Loosbrock will advance to Friday's round individually, both SWC golfers, Emaleigh Vreeman and Jenni VanderVeen, will compete Friday.
Vreeman finished with a 103, while VanderVeen carded a 105.
"It wasn't my best, but I felt that I did OK," VanderVeen said. "My chipping went really well today. They were nice and soft and landed on the green. My drives didn't go so hot, but my putting game was all right."
Adrian finished fourth, as Brianna McCarthy (107), Kelsey Altman (113) and Karlee Jackson (120) rounded out the team scoring for the Dragons.
The Fulda Raiders finished third with a 436, but Amanda Wilkening's round of 102 is good enough to send her to Friday's meet individually.
"I'm extremely excited to move on. I missed it last year by like one stroke, so I'm real happy to be going," Wilkening said. "(Today) I had some bad shots, I had some good shots."
Chrissy Wieskus, who will also advance, finished with a 105 for Fulda, while Kirsten Pagel (113) and Brook Johnson (116) completed the team scoring for the Raiders.
Murray County Central was led by Nicole Rohloff with a 109 as the Rebels fired a 462 as a team to place fifth.
Suzie Buesing finished with a 113, while Michelle Carlson ended with a 116. Megan Carney shot a 124 for the Rebels.
Elizabeth Paul will advance individually for the Quasars with a round of 102. Nicole Mueller (112), Ally Lenz (118) and Aeriel Nitch (138) rounded out the team scoring for SSC, which finished with a 470 and sixth on the day.