Royals golf teams continue to navigate busy schedules

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ and girls’ golf teams competed at a number of meets over the past week.

On May 9, the Royals’ boys’ and girls’ teams both played at the Section 5AA Preview meet at Pebble Creek. The boys’ team finished eighth place out of 11 teams by shooting a 384. The girls’ team finished in seventh place, also out of 11 teams, by shooting a 427. Litchfield won the boys’ meet with a score of 312 and Providence won the girls’ meet with a score of 353.

“Pebble is where we will play our section meet, so this was a chance for the boys and girls to get a feel for the course,” Watertown-Mayer coach Tyler Finkelson said. “It was extremely cold and windy, so we’re hoping the course feels a little different come May 30 at sections.”

On Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, the boys’ team competed at the Jordan Invitational at Ridges at Sand Creek. The Royals finished in eighth place with a score of 778 over two rounds, including a 380 on Friday and 398 on Saturday. Overall, Jacob Grotbo led the way for the Royals with a total score of 188, including a 91 in the second round, and finished in 31st place. Jacob Menth shot a 191 for the Royals, and had the team’s best score in either round, an 87 in the first round. Menth finished in 34th place. Josh Lueschen finished at 200, Dan Dressel came in at 206, Matt Fritzke shot a 209 and Chase Hoese carded a 221.

“I thought we played pretty well the first day, as we had a beautiful day to play golf on a tough course,” Finkelson said. “We struggled in the cold temperatures and the extremely windy conditions Saturday, but overall I thought the boys fought the elements pretty well. Their ball striking is definitely improving, but our short games need a little work.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams competed at Belle Plaine on Monday, May 13, the boys’ in an 18-hole invite and the girls’ in two nine-hole Minnesota River Conference meets. The boys’ team finished fourth at the invite with a score of 388. Tri City United won with a score of 341.

“The boys’ played pretty consistently,” Finkelson said. “We have had different boys step up their games lately, but we just need a meet where all of the boys play well on the same day.”

In the girls’ meets, Watertown-Mayer finished fourth on the front nine, posting a 212, narrowly missing third-place LeSueur-Henderson (211) and second-place Jordan (208). Belle Plaine won with a 194.

For the Royals, Hallie Harding led the way on the first nine with a score of 46. Sarah Horlocker had a 52 and Tiffany Anderson had a 53.

On the second nine holes, the Royals also finished in fourth place with a 208. LSH won with a 199, while Jordan had a 200 and Belle Plaine was at 201.

“We lost a little ground to Belle Plaine for the conference lead,” Finkelson said of what were the third and second-to-last MRC meets of the season for the girls. Watertown-Mayer was 26 strokes behind Belle Plaine and 10 strokes behind Jordan entering the final meet, which was supposed to be Monday in Watertown, but was moved to Wednesday in Glencoe because of the weather.

The girls’ golf team was also in action Friday, May 17, at the Hutchinson Invite, where they took 12th place with a 425. The girls also competed Saturday, May 18, at the Mankato Invitational, where they took fifth place with a 433. Sarah Horlocker led the way with a 102 and Tiffany Anderson shot a 104. Olivia Wabbe shot a 110 and Madeline Nolan shot a 117.

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