14 May 2014

Boys Golf: A bump in the road

Sam Newcomb shot 85 at River Oaks
After back-to-back strong showings in the first two (of five) Missota Conference meets, the young Tigers hit a little bump in the road at Tuesday's league meet at muddy River Oaks Golf Club in Cottage Grove.

Farmington finished third and fourth respectively in its first two conference encounters but fell into a sixth place tie with Northfield in meet No. 3.

Chaska continued to lead the Missota pack with a meet low 302 strokes at River Oaks. New Prague finished 12 shots back at 312, followed by Shakopee 317, Chanhassen 318, Holy Angels 323, Farmington 334, Northfield 334, Red Wing 336.

After three meets Farmington trails fourth place Shakopee by half a point in the cumulative team standings.

All six of the Tiger varsity golfers finished in the 80's at River Oaks with Darby Grengs leading the way with 80. Jake Jensen fired 81, Sam Newcomb 85, Tyler VanWinkle and Lucas Berg 88 and Isaac Ferm 89.

"We have been so good this year at not allowing the things we cannot control to affect us," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said,"but yesterday we allowed some things to get under our skin and in golf that mental road block will cause damages that are irreparable.

"We must put ourselves in a position to stay in front of Shakopee going into the championship meet.  The fight now is for fourth.  We certainly still could move into the top three with some stellar play, but we also are in a head-to-head battle with Shakopee to get into the top four."

The fourth conference tournament will be held Friday at Southern Hills with the league championship meet scheduled for next Monday at Stonebrooke Golf Course in Shakopee.