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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Golfers getting into the swing of things

  • On the boys results Coach Walker said, “Mason finished 2nd with a solid round of 42. Mason continues to play very consistant golf. Tyler Witcraft played his first match of the year with us and shot a nice round of 45 to finish 4th over-all. Tyler also had 3 pars and was very good around the green. He got in trouble off the tee a couple of times but it was good to see Tyler play well.
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  • Saints vs. Saints
        It could have been argued the conditions were better for a dog sled race. OK, there was no significant amount of snow on the ground - that would have been a few dozen miles to the east, but when the Saints visited St. Peter for a golf match, the wind chill was in the mid twenties.
        So, temp wise conditions were better for a dog sled race. As the Saints golf Head Coach Mark Beltz said, “Wet, Windy, and Cold is not the type of weather you want to play golf in, but with the spring we've had, we had no choice but to play the meet on Friday.”             Commenting on the girls team results Coach Beltz said “Just finishing the meet was impressive. Lyndsey Haler ended up with her best score of the early season. The rest of the scores were all 5-10 strokes higher than normal.” The weather had a lot to do with that.
        Lyndsey shot a 52 and the next three lowest scores by the Saints were by Bethany Carlson, Kristin Leimer and Jennifer Rodriguez. However these three girls’ scores were in the mid 60s resulting in a team score of 250.
        St. Peter shot 207 for the win as the Saints team from up north had individual players who shot between 47 and 55.
        The weather made it tough sledding for the boys too. Mason Collier continues to shoot the low round for the Saints as he had a 47 in the outing against St. Peter. Ryan Witcraft shot a 52, but the two other Saints Mitchell Rettke and Clay Winrich shot in the 60s.
        SJAs team score was 229, while St. Peter’s four linksters shot a combined 179 for the win.
        Coach Steve Walker who is working with the boy golfers said, “Miserable day to do anything outside let alone play golf. That being said, Mason played very well from tee to green but struggled with too many putts. He still scored a 47 which was commendable with the weather the way it was Friday.  
        “Ryan had a decent round of 52 and improved his score by 8 strokes from his other meet at Elmore and was pretty consistant throughout the day.”
        
    Saints vs. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and BLH
        The boys and the girls golfers traveled up to Sleepy Eye on Monday and played a round robin match against Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and Buffalo Lake Hector (BLH).
        Both teams improved their scores, but not by enough to beat either of the two teams they were competing against.
    Page 2 of 3 -     The boys shot a 210 with Mason Collier once again having the lowest nine hole score of 42. Mason had the second lowest score of the 12 golfers whose scores were counted.
        Tyler Witcraft shot a solid 45, Mitchell Rettke shot a 53 and Clay Winrich shot a 70.
        BLH won the boys meet with a 182, while SESM had a 188.
        On the boys results Coach Walker said, “Mason finished 2nd with a solid round of 42. Mason continues to play very consistant golf. Tyler Witcraft played his first match of the year with us and shot a nice round of 45 to finish 4th over-all. Tyler also had 3 pars and was very good around the green. He got in trouble off the tee a couple of times but it was good to see Tyler play well.
        “Mitch played much better and Clay as a young seventh grader is working on getting better and with more practice his score will come down.”
        BLH also won the girls meet with a 196. SESM was second with 230 and the Saints shot a 248.
        Lyndsey Haler was low scorer for the Saints with a 53. Sophie Lepp was second for the Saints with a 57, Jovanna Boeve was third with a 60 and Kristin Leimer was fourth with a 78.
        Commenting on the girls’ effort Coach Beltz said, “Lyndsey Haler and Sophie Lepp played extremely well on the par fives. The longer holes have given us trouble as a team this year so this was good to see from our top two scorers. Jovanna Boeve cut significant strokes off her score from last week.”
    Saints vs. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton and Madelia
        
        According to Head Coach Beltz, “The girls won their second meet of the year defeating JWP (Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton) and Madelia. The SJA total of 222 is the best team total of the season.
        “Jovanna Boeve had her low round of the season with a 52 and has really improved her chipping and putting this season.
        “Julia Boeve played another consistent round of golf shooting her season best 55. Bethany Carlson overcame some early miscues to put together a nice round of 57 - another personal low for the year.
        “The girls are gaining more and more confidence with each round they play. We have not reached our potential as a team yet, but we are headed in the right direction.
        “Mason Collier battled through some rough spots to post a 47 for the day. One of the keys to Mason's success this season has been his ability to avoid double bogeys or worse. Mason ran into a little trouble off the tee on Tuesday which caused him to deal with trees on a few holes, but when Mason found the fairway he was able to score well.
    Page 3 of 3 -     “Clay Winrich is on the verge of breaking the 60 barrier. Clay is battling inconsistency off the tee as well. Once he gets his drives going, he will be able to get into the mid to low 50's.”
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