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Prep golf: Worthington, Luverne split

WORTHINGTON -- A steady rain and increasingly soggy course couldn't keep Worthington and Luverne from squaring off in a Big South Conference dual Monday afternoon.Both teams came away with a victory. Tyler Van Hove earned medalist honors to help ...

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ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE Luverne’s Madison Crabtree chips onto the green on Hole 2 at Worthington Country Club Monday. The Cardinal girls edged the Trojans 195-198.

WORTHINGTON - A steady rain and increasingly soggy course couldn’t keep Worthington and Luverne from squaring off in a Big South Conference dual Monday afternoon.
Both teams came away with a victory. Tyler Van Hove earned medalist honors to help lead the Trojan boys to a 164-184 victory. The Cardinals were able to nip their hosts by three strokes, 195-198, on the girls’ side.
“It got really wet, to the point it was a struggle to just hang onto the club,” WHS boys coach John Koller said. “It just comes down to mental toughness.”
The conditions were far from ideal, but that wasn’t reflected in the Trojans’ team score. In fact, they finished with their lowest total of the season thus far.
Van Hove - who Koller lauded for a stellar round - shot a 39 to lead all scorers. Jacob Prunty was next on the team with a 41 while both Ben Koepsell and Nathoe Vorasane rounded out the team total at 42 each.
“I was very pleased with our team score,” Koller said. “The guys scrambled really well. We had to play a lot of up-and-down because we weren’t getting any carry on our drives because of the weather. We had to score around the green. Basically we had to plod our way around and do what we had to do.”
For Vorasane - a regular among the Trojans’ top four scorers last season - it was his best round of the season after a bit of a rough start.
“I was really happy to see him come back,” Koller said. “He’s got too good of a swing not to.”
Zach Boever and Antonio Garcia rounded out the varsity scores at 45 and 52, respectively.
The Luverne boys were led by Chaz Smedsrud, who came in with a 43. Coy Gonnerman was just one stroke behind at 44. Jack Baustian (48) and Max Skattum (49) brought the Cards to their total.
Makayla Sterrett led what was a consistent day for the Cardinal girls.
She tallied a 44, the second-best individual score of the day. Madison Crabtree was right on her heels with a 48 while Hannah VerSteeg carded a 51. Hailey Remme rounded out the winning team total at 52.
Jenna Zewiske (60) and Zoey Sandbulte (65) capped off the Luverne varsity but didn’t factor into the team total.
Worthington’s day was highlighted by a medalist round of 41 for Anneke Weg, who continues to roll through the start of her sophomore season. Rachel Koller’s 50 was the next-best Trojan total. Bailey Weg (53) and McKenna Prunty (54) got WHS to its team score.
Ashley Hoefker and Kelicy Anderson came in at 57 and 64, respectively.

JCC boys vs. Spirit Lake
JACKSON - Jackson County Central won a nailbiter Monday, topping Spirit Lake 170-174 in a boys golf border battle.
Jack Brinkman paced the Huskies’ effort when he carded a medalist round of 41. Zach Poelaert was right behind him at 42 while Scott Flatebo notched a 43. Caleb Kolander’s 44 set them at 170.
Zach Torgerson (46) and Austin Haar (53) contributed solid rounds but weren’t counted in the team total.
Peyton Smith led Spirit Lake with a 42 with Jack Bauermeister (43), Jac Radcliffe (44) and Ryder Donkersloot (45) setting it at 174.

Windom vs. Marshall
MARSHALL - Windom Area wasn’t able to overcome Marshall’s home-course advantage Monday as the Tigers finished the day with a Big South Conference sweep.
The Eagles were on the wrong end of a low, 167-186 final score on the girls’ side with boys taking a 180-200 loss.
Windom Area was paced by three sub-50 scores on the girls’ side. Paige Pigman’s 44 led the way with Hallie Will and Emily Jackson checking in at 45 and 48, respectively. Victoria Christoffer rounded out their score with a 63.
On the boys’ side, Tylan Porath carded a team-best score of 44. Fellow freshman Jacob Cory was just two strokes behind at 46. Sam Diemer and Parker Alvstad both got back to the clubhouse with a 48.

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