The 2013 Mayer Lutheran golf season may not have been “the one for the record books,” but it certainly was a step in the right direction for a burgeoning Crusader team.
After finishing fourth in the Minnesota River Conference in 2012, the Crusaders finished second overall this year, topping last season’s defending champion Norwood Young America. Jordan won the conference with 1,044 total strokes over Mayer Lutheran’s 1,115.
LHS’ Joe Zittergruen finished in a tie for sixth place overall in the individual standings of the MRC, while Jared Scrimgeour finished ninth. Zittergruen received All-Conference honors for his accomplishments, while Scrimgeour was All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Chad Anenson finished 17th in the conference and Andrew Wolf was 19th, putting over half the Crusader team in the top 20 golfers of the MRC.
The season began April 27 at the Harry O’Connor Invitational at Shattuck-St. Mary’s where the Crusaders finished 13th of 16 teams, placing higher than they had the previous season. On April 29, the Crusaders lost a dual with St. Croix Preparatory Academy 355-353.
In the first MRC meet on April 30, Mayer Lutheran finished second as a team. Anenson and Zittergruen finished just a few strokes behind the meet medalists.
In Montgomery on May 2, the MRC teams were able to make up two previously postponed rounds of conference action. Mayer Lutheran finished in a three-way tie for second in the first round and tied for fourth in the second round.
The Crusaders finished eighth of eight teams at the Cannon Falls Invitational on May 13 and were 20th of 20 teams in St. Cloud later that month.
In the final conference meet on May 22 the Crusaders were fourth on the front nine and tied for third on the back nine.
By finishing second in the conference, the Crusaders qualified for the first ever Inter-Conference Cup between the Minnesota River and Minnesota Christian conferences. The MCAA won the meet 27-9.
The season ended at the Section 4A tournament in Blaine. While the team did not advance to the second day, five of six individual Mayer Lutheran competitors did. The Crusaders finished sixth as a team on Day 1.
While Mayer Lutheran loses a handful of seniors, including varsity regulars Scrimgeour, Tim Renner, and Cole Carns, the Crusaders are slated to return many faces next season including Zittergruen, Wolf, Anenson, and Anthony Gruenhagen.