With 1,115 total strokes on the season, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ golf team pulled off a second place Minnesota River Conference finish after placing well on the 18-hole Glencoe course that was the final MRC contest on May 22.
The Crusaders finished six strokes ahead of defending MRC champion Norwood Young America, while Jordan was crowned the new conference champion after finishing the season with 1,044 strokes.
Mayer Lutheran’s Joe Zittergruen finished tied for sixth in the individual standings, while Jared Scrimgeour finished ninth. Chad Anenson (17th) and Andrew Wolf (19th) both placed within the top 20 golfers of the Minnesota River Conference.
On the front nine at Glencoe on May 22, the Crusaders finished fourth at 191 strokes, behind Jordan (176), Tri-City United (185), and Belle Plaine (187).
Zittergruen was the Crusaders’ top golfer, finishing with 45 strokes, closely trailed by Scrimgeour at 47 and Wolf at 49. Anenson (50), Anthony Gruenhagen (51), and Cole Carns (56) also competed.
The Crusaders tied for third with Watertown-Mayer on the back nine at Glencoe, with both teams golfing a 189 team score. Zittergruen was again LHS’ lowest score at 45, while Anenson and Scrimgeour both finished at 47 strokes. Wolf golfed a 50 on the day, while Gruenhagen and Carns trailed at 61 and 62, respectively.
With a second place MRC finish, the Crusaders qualified for the first ever Inter-Conference Cup between the top four teams of the Minnesota River and Minnesota Christian conferences. The MCAA won the meet 27-9, but in individual matches Zittergruen won, while Wolf and Gruenhagen halved theirs.
Prior to the final conference meets, the Crusaders also competed in a tournament in St. Cloud, finishing 20th of 20 teams. Mayer Lutheran had 362 total strokes, trailing the 19th place finisher Pequot Lakes by 17. Marshall High School was the team champion at 305.
Next up for the Crusaders will be the Section 4A tournament that began May 28 at Victory Links in Blaine. Section 4A includes many smaller private Christian schools as well as PACT, Rush City, Spectrum, and Minneapolis North Community. A full listing of the Section 4A teams can be found at the state high school league website.
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