Watertown-Mayer golf coach Tyler Finkelson said at the start of the season that he believed his boys’ team was ready to take some big steps forward this year, and they certainly delivered.
After a seventh-place finish in 2012, the Royals jumped to fifth place this year. By shooting a total of 1,167 on the season, they were only 12 strokes behind Belle Plaine for a fourth-place finish, which would have put them in the top half of the conference.
Overall, Jordan won the conference title with a 1,044, followed by Mayer Lutheran, Norwood Young America and Belle Plaine.
Watertown-Mayer senior Jacob Menth also enjoyed a stellar season individually, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors for the second year in a row. The senior-laden squad also enjoyed strong performances from seniors Jacob Grotbo, Jacob Wandersee, Matt Fritzke and Dan Dressel.
“Jacob (Menth) had a good senior year and really improved as the year went on,” Watertown-Mayer coach Tyler Finkelson said. “He provided good leadership along with all of the other senior boys.”
With five of the six Watertown-Mayer regular varsity golfers having graduated, the Royals will feature an almost entirely new squad next year. However, Josh Lueschen, who led the team at a number of meets this year as a sophomore, will likely be the cornerstone of next year’s team, along with Chase Hoese, who also got some varsity time this year, and other young up-and-comers.
“The boys team had a fun year,” Finkelson said. “We were a very senior heavy team, and all were senior contributors and are all outstanding kids. Josh Lueschen and Chase Hoese were two eighth graders that played a lot of golf for us, and they have a very bright future. Josh just about made it to the second day of sections, and I look for him to be in the hunt for an all conference spot next year. McKinley Gehlhausen is another eighth grader who lettered for us, so despite the loss of so many good seniors, I believe the golf team has a very bright future with so many enthusiastic young golfers.
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