The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta golf teams opened up the season on schedule as both teams participated in the Ortonville Invite this week. The Tiger girls took second in the eight-team invite on Tuesday, April 23 while the MACA boys took third overall, just seven strokes behind runner-up Minnewaska in the 10-team invite, on Wednesday, April 24, in Ortonville.
The Morris/C-A girls had three top 10 finishes on the day. Hannah Zimmel carded an 85, which was good for fourth overall. Peyton Hennen took seventh with a 92 and Miranda Hesse was right behind in eighth place, carding a 94.
“I was very pleased with our scores for the first meet of the season,” Morris/C-A girls coach Lanna Stahman said. “Finishing in second place and having three golfers in the top 10 is consistent with our goals for the season. We are feeling confident as we head to our first conference meet at ACGC and BOLD on Friday.”
For the boys, Dalton Koehler was the highest finisher as the junior tied for 12th overall with an 85. Chase Engebretson, Brady Loge, and Simon Wulff all tied for 15th overall.
“The guys did some very good things at times, but the consistency is where we were lacking (Wednesday),” Morris/C-A boys coach Joey Fragodt said of the Tiger boys, who played a full nine holes on Pomme de Terre for the first time on Monday, April 22. “We haven't putted on fast greens yet this year, so there were more three putts than normal, and with no driving range available yet, getting off the tee box wasn't always consistent either.”
The weather was a bright spot, Fragodt said.
“We may not get another day that nice all season. There was some impressive sunburn, too,” Fragodt said.
The Tigers open West Central Conference play at ACGC and BOLD Friday, April 26. The girls start at noon at Island Pine in Atwater and the boys start at Olivia Golf Course, in Olivia. At 4 p.m., the boys will tee off at Island Pine with the girls teeing off in Olivia.
On Tuesday, April 30, MACA is scheduled to host its conference meet. The boys will golf Pomme de Terre at 11 a.m. when the girls are golfing Minnewaska. At 3 p.m., the girls will golf PDT while the boys golf the Minnewaska course.
The Tiger girls end next week at the Minnewaska Invite at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3, in Glenwood.
BOYS TEAM SCORING – (1) Lac qui Parle Valley 322 (2) Minnewaska 339 (3) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 346 (4) Minneota 357 (4) Ortonville 357 (6) Lakeview 368 (7) Underwood 371 (8) Border West 396 (9) Benson 408 (10) Dawson-Boyd 451
TOP FIVE – (1) Seth Olson, Montevideo 76 (2) Harrison Patzer, LQPV 77 (2) Nolan Boerboom, Minneota 77 (4) Tanner Buffington, LQPV 80 (4) Ben Rillo, YME 80 (4) Trevor Swonger, Underwood 80
MORRIS/C-A – Dalton Koehler 85, Brady Loge 87, Chase Engebretson 87, Simon Wulff 87, Brock Peterson 89, Jacob Ulrich 101
GIRLS TEAM SCORING – (1) Lac qui Parle Valley 351 (2) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 389 (2) Sisseton 389 (4) Benson 419 (5) Milbank 446 (6) Montevideo 449 (7) Ortonville 457 (8) Dawson-Boyd 462
TOP FIVE – (1) Rachel Halvorson, LQPV 78 (2) Sarah Halvorson, LQPV 80 (3) Kylie Kasuske, Milbank 84 (4) Hannah Zimmel, MACA 85 (5) Courtney Heath, Sisseton 87
MORRIS/C-A – (4) Zimmel 85 (7) Peyton Hennen 92 (8) Miranda Hesse 94, Shayla Kill 119, Chloe Mogard 120, Megan Lindahl 149