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Big South Conference golf: Trojans boys seal BSC three-peat

WORTHINGTON -- After an undefeated regular season, the Worthington boys golf team won its third-consecutive Big South Conference championship on Monday at Worthington Country Club as it tied for first place in the conference tournament.

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Worthington's Ben Koepsell tees off during the Big South Conference Championship on Monday at Worthington Country Club. Koepsell finished tied for first with a 72. (Adam Watts / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- After an undefeated regular season, the Worthington boys golf team won its third-consecutive Big South Conference championship on Monday at Worthington Country Club as it tied for first place in the conference tournament.

The Trojans and Marshall finished with matching 312s, as Worthington’s Ben Koepsell and Marshall’s Spencer Ehlers tied for first place as individuals with 72. Koepsell wrapped up an individual conference title with the tie.

“We tied, but we still won,” Koepsell said. “So everything’s good. It’s our third year in a row -- back-to-back-to-back -- so hopefully we can get one more next year and finish out my high school career.”

This season -- for the first time -- the conference used a points system that weighed the regular season for 60-percent of the points and the conference tournament for 40-percent. So the undefeated regular season gave Worthington a leg up on the competition going into the tournament.

“The regular season really mattered,” Worthington head coach John Koller said. “The teams would have had to beat us by three or four spots to jump us, and we felt pretty confident on our home course.”

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The four counting scores for the Trojans were Koepsell’s 72, Nick Weg’s 76, Jacob Prunty’s 81, and Zach Boever’s 83.

The two first-place finishers, Koepsell and Ehlers, were in the same group, but Kopsell said he didn’t know how close their scores were when they teed off on the final hole.

“I didn’t keep track of everybody in my group,” he said. “But (Ehlers) said he knew and he lipped out on the last hole, so we tied.”

Koepsell shot a 34 while only putting 10 times on the front nine. He had three birdies, including one on Hole 3, which he says is the toughest on the course.

“A lot of bogeys come on that hole,” he said. “So it was nice to get a birdie there.”

Weg’s irons were the strong-point of his round, as he finished sixth. He birdied Hole 8 after landing his first shot a few inches off the green and sinking a 24-foot putt.

“That hole really got me going and sparked the rest of the round,” he said.

The high finish was plenty good enough for Weg to earn All-Big South Conference honors for the first time, finishing his season in sixth place. Prunty also earned all-conference honors with a 15th-place conference finish.

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Koller said he thinks the Trojans will be able to carry their momentum over from a conference championship into the Section 3AA tournament which begins Thursday at Oakdale Golf Club in Buffalo Lake.

“These kids are peaking right now,” he said. “There’s a few things to work on, but right now you’ve got to trust what you have and it’s all about putting the ball in the hole with your short game.”

With Worthington and Marshall tied atop the tournament leaderboard, Jackson County Central finished third (321), while New Ulm and St. Peter tied for fourth (328), Waseca was sixth (332), Blue Earth Area was seventh (333), Fairmont was eighth (352), Redwood Valley was ninth (353), Luverne was 10th (356), Pipestone Area was 11th (358), and Windom Area was 12th (392).

JCC’s Jack Brinkman tied for third place in the tournament with a 73, and finished the season fifth in the conference, while Scott Flatebo tied for sixth with a 76 and was fourth in the conference. Zach Poeleart (85), and Zach Torgerson (88) rounded out the Huskies score.

Luverne’s Coy Gonnerman scored 84, while Carter Stemper scored 86, Alex Schoeneman scored 91, and Will Stegenga scored 95.

Pipestone’s McCaden Biever scored 81, while Charlie Rops scored 84, Logan Stahl scored 85 and Trey Pottratz scored 92.

Parker Alvstad led Windom Area with a 97, while Jackson Roll and Tylan Porath each scored 98, and Isaak Paulson scored 99.

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