31 May 2013

Boys Golf: Tiger advance in Section 1AAA

Coach Holmes and Jake Jensen discuss shot strategy (photo by Terry Holmes)
The Tigers advanced to the final round of the Section 1AAA tournament with a seventh place finish in Thursday's opening round at Bellwood Golf Course in Hastings. The top eight in the 12-team field earned a berth in the second round slated for Monday back at Bellwood.

Lakeville North will take a nine-stroke lead into the final round after out-shooting runner-up Rochester John Marshall 309-318 on Thursday. Winona ranked third at 321, followed by Owatonna 326, Albert Lea 327, Red Wing 341, Farmington 348, Mayo 349, Faribault 350, Austin 352, Northfield 354 and Rochester John Marshall 373.

"We were without Jake Trippel who was out with the flu," coach Jon Holmes said, "and that is too bad because he is a solid player who most likely would have supplied another score in the low 80's for us.

"When we finished I knew the scores would be a little higher due to the wind, rain and mud, but I didn't think we were a shoe-in by any means to get to Monday. Our scores were high and obviously so were everyone else’s... I was proud of how the boys stuck with their rounds.'

Erik Holmstrom and Darby Grengs had the low Tiger rounds of the day, finishing at 85 and 87 respectively.  Jake Jensen and Garrett Heidelberger shot 88, Grant Hauswirth 89 and Nate Anderson 94.

Holmes said his team is looking forward to its return trip to Bellwood Oaks and hopefully some better playing conditions.

"This will give some much needed experience to our young team and be a nice added bonus for our exiting seniors to have one more shot," he said.