The Waconia boys’ golf team had a busy week last week, competing in Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, and New London-Spicer, and finishing in the top five of each meet.
Kicking off the week at Southbrook in Annandale on April 30, the Wildcats were fourth with 157 strokes, behind first place Orono (151), New London-Spicer (152), and Delano (155).
Senior Matt Rachey won the meet with 33 strokes. Kyle Kauma (40), Kendall Banyai (41), Cal Rassman (43), and Blaine Wilsey (45) all golfed under 50 at the meet. Ryan Mattson finished the day at 54.
At Dassel-Cokato’s Albion Ridges the next afternoon, Waconia finished fifth with 160 strokes. New London-Spicer and Litchfield tied for first at 152.
New London-Spicer’s Joey Drier won the meet with 33 strokes. Kauma was the Wildcats’ best competitor of the day with 38 strokes, closely followed by Rachey at 39. Wilsey golfed a 40, while the rest of the Wildcats remained under 50, with Banyai (43), Mattson (46), and Brian Wagner (46).
Rachey finished third with 38 strokes at the Little Crow Country Club on May 2, in a meet hosted by New London-Spicer. Delano’s Jordan Peters was the individual champion. As a team, the Wildcats tied for third with Orono at 162 strokes. Litchfield (157) and Holy Family (160) took top honors.
Tyler Kuennen golfed a 40 for the Wildcats, closely contended with by Wilsey (41) and Kauma (43). Banyai (46) and Rassman (47) also competed.
Wildcat head coach Paul Henn said the team played very well last week.
“We are right in the mix of about five teams off to very good starts,” he said. “With a short season, teams that can stay close will all have a chance.”
The top of the WCC is closely contended three meets into the season, with Orono leading at 466 strokes. Litchfield, New London-Spicer, Waconia, and Delano round out the top five, with Delano only 27 strokes back.
Next week, the Wildcats are at Chaska (May 13), Hutchinson (May 15), and Litchfield (May 16).
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