Boys’ Golf: Golfers take aim on busy schedule

After avoiding snow, rain and other inclement weather, the 2013 Bunker Invite took place in Coon Rapids May 7 under pleasant conditions.

Maple Grove and Rogers tied for the team title (301) trailed by Blaine and Grand Rapids which each finished one stroke back (302). Totino-Grace completed the top-five with a 306 score among the field of 31 teams.

Brett Aldirch made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard, par-3 Hole 7 at Victory Links Golf Course in Blaine during a North Suburban Conference meet May 9. Submitted photo

St. Francis senior Brett Aldrich made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard, par-3 Hole 7 at Victory Links Golf Course in Blaine during a North Suburban Conference meet May 9. Submitted photo

Blaine’s Dakota Krech carded a round of 69 to earn medalist honors, one stroke clear of Grand Rapids’ Alec Overgaard. Anoka’s Max Savini and Eastview’s Alex Reller each shot 71 to tie for third place. Spring Lake Park sophomore Pete Sienko finished in a four-way tie for fourth place with a round of 73. The Panthers tied Eastview for sixth place. Andover was seventh with 312 strokes, St. Francis was 10th with 322, Anoka was 24th with 342 strokes and Coon Rapids was 25th with 346 strokes.

NWSC update

Northwest Suburban Conference boys’ golf continued its season with the fourth stop of the season at Logger’s Trail May 8.

Maple Grove picked up its third straight conference win, edging Andover by nine strokes (297-306) on the par-72 course.

Blaine carded a 318 for sixth place, Anoka was ninth (323) and Coon Rapids was 10th with a season-low team score of 343 strokes. Maple Grove’s Jackson Lanou shot a one-under-par 71 to earn medalist honors.

With two conference matches left, the Crimson have nearly secured the season-long points title, leading second place Armstrong by 9 points. Six points separatesArmstrong and sixth-place Champlin Park. Blaine, Andover and Elk River round out the third through fifth places in the standings.

Golfers take aim on busy schedule

St. Francis’ Mitchell Zebro watches a bunker shot sail toward the pin during a match at Majestic Oaks May 7. Photo by Bill Jones

Maple Grove also leads the standings in terms of scoring average, 306.25 strokes, 9.5 strokes ahead of Blaine (316.75) and third place Armstrong (317.00).

Armstrong and Maple Grove have taken medalist honors twice with different players and Park Center garnered the other top-individual honor.

The conference took to the Elk River Country Club for its third match of the season May 6. Maple Grove edged Elk River by four strokes for the team victory, 311-315. Andover placed third, three strokes ahead of Blaine (322-325). Anoka finished eighth (338) and Coon Rapids was 10th (344) one stroke behind ninth-place Centennial. Last place Park Center earned a victory for the team as junior Andrew Chan scored medalist honors by shooting a 72.

Coon Rapids was led by Nick Podkopacz’s 81 and Sam Naegele 84.

Saints hole-in-one

St. Francis senior Brent Alderich carded a hole-in-one during a North Suburban Conference meet at Victory Links in Blaine May 9. Alderich went on to finish second with a 75. His ace came on the 155-yard, par-3 Hole 7.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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