By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer
Golf fans had just one team to rely on at Mayer Lutheran this season, as there was no girls’ team. The boys’ team, however, delivered a strong season and resulted in four golfers playing in day two of the section tournament.
In the team’s first meet of the season, the Crusaders were 15th of 16 teams at Shattuck-St. Mary’s on April 13. Mayer Lutheran shot a 382 that day, with held from junior Jared Scrimgeour (88), freshman Andrew Wolf (97), junior Idean Azadfar (98), sophomore Joe Zittergruen (99), senior Marcus Sturmfels (105), and sophomore Anthony Gruenhagen (105).
The Crusaders finished fourth at home on April 17, with Wolf and Zittergruen as the team’s top finishers of the day, both with 43 strokes.
In the invitational at Pequot Lakes on April 20-21, the Crusaders finished 29th of 32 teams, with 369 strokes.
Mayer Lutheran finished fifth at Montgomery on May 3, with 183 strokes, defeating conference competitors Tri-City United, Watertown-Mayer, and Belle Plaine. Wolf was the team’s top golfer with 44 strokes.
At the Glencoe County Club on May 7, Scrimgeour won the meet with 37 strokes, just two over par. The Crusaders finished tied for third with Sibley East at 178 strokes.
On May 11, the Crusaders were at New London-Spicer and finished tenth of 16 teams with 367 strokes, defeating Glencoe-Silver Lake, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, MACCRAY, Paynesville, La Qui Parle Valley, and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Competing at the Ridges at Sand Creek on May 21, the Crusaders finished fifth on the front nine and fourth on the back. Zittergruen was third overall on the front nine with 42 strokes. Scrimgeour was the team’s top finisher on the back nine, seventh overall with 41 strokes.
In the Section 4A tournament, the Crusaders finished sixth as a team on day one, with 364 strokes. Mayer Lutheran advanced four golfers to day two. Sophomore Mike Vigil was second overall on day one with 80 strokes. Scrimgeour was 11th overall at 92 strokes. Wolf and Zittergruen both advanced to day two with 96 strokes.
Vigil finished highest for the Crusaders on day two, 12th overall at 165 strokes. Scrimgeour finished with 185 strokes, following by Wolf (196) and Zittergruen (202).
The Crusaders will return many of the same faces for 2013, with the exception of the team’s two seniors, Isaac Snow and Marcus Sturmfels.