The Saints golf teams traveled to New Ulm on Monday for their first conference road matches of the year.
It was a good day for the girls’ team, as they won their first South Central Conference golf match in the last two years.
Jovanna Boeve shot the low round for the Saints with a 110. She picked up one par. Freshman Sophie Lepp continues to play well picking up two pars and she carded the next lowest round with a score of 115.
Rachel Kircher shot a 118 and Lyndsey Haler shot a 121. Maggie Ramirez shot a 122.
Coach Mark Beltz said it can be difficult to play on another course, “This was our first road conference event this year. New Ulm's greens were in great condition and were rolling faster than any of the greens we have played on this season. It took most of our players about 6 holes to get used to the speed.” On the girls match Coach Beltz said, “Jovanna was very consistent all day in leading us to our first conference victory in the last two years.
“Sophie got off to a great start by making par on the first hole she played, which was the par 5 18th. She added a par on the 2nd hole.
“Maggie Ramirez is starting to hit the ball more consistently and has been a great role model for the rest of the team. “New Ulm is a very hilly course which made for several uneven lies, and I thought the girls did well to keep their composure when things did not go as well as planned, and they also had many great recovery shots after mishits that helped reduce the number of big holes that have hurt us in the past.”
Beltz is optimistic about what the girls can do the rest of the season, “All of the girls are capable of shooting rounds close to 100. Hopefully we can put it all together next week and play our best golf of the season when it matters the most.”
Ben Reckow was the low scorer for the boys shooting a 95. Mitch Rettke shot a 102, John Olsen carded a 103 and Tyler Witcraft came in with a 106. Reckow had one birdie and six pars. Olsen had four pars.
Coach Beltz thinks the boys can improve both individually and as a team, “Ben Reckow is still looking for that breakout round that he is capable of shooting. With tournament time right around the corner, it would be great to see Ben play up to his potential.
“I have been extremely impressed by Ben's leadership all season, he is very level headed and does a lot for our golf program in terms of keeping players excited about playing golf, not only on our boys team, but the girls team as well.”
The South Central Conference Tournament is on Monday at the St. James golf course. Coach Beltz is hoping for a ‘home court’ advantage for his golfers, “Getting back to our home course for the conference tournament I expect Mitchell, John, and Tyler to be able to reduce the numbers of double bogies or others and get more pars and bogies.”