The Waconia boys’ golf team opened its 2014 campaign last week with three meets in five days.
“We did get three meets in last week and the weather was either cold, windy, and wet or all three,” WHS head coach Don Skerik said.
The season kicked off Monday, April 21 at Deer Run Golf Course in Victoria, where the ‘Cats tied for second place.
With a team score of 325, WHS tied with Holy Family for second, just two strokes behind team champion Orono at 323. Delano finished third (327), followed by Hutchinson (347), and Mound-Westonka (388).
Junior Cal Rassman was the ‘Cats top finisher of the day, golfing a 76.
“Cal played very well keeping the ball down low in the windy conditions,” Skerik said.
Junior Kendell Banyai, freshman Connor Jensen, and senior Blaine Wilsey all finished at 83 strokes. Seniors Brian Wagener and Michael Vigil wrapped up the day for WHS with scores of 90 and 98, respectively, despite Vigil hurting ligaments in his hand.
The week continued with a third place finish for Waconia in Hutchinson on Wednesday. Orono again claimed the team title with 322 strokes, followed by Holy Family (325) and Waconia (336). Delano, Hutchinson, and Mound-Westonka rounded out the WCC – East teams.
Five Waconia players finished the day under 90 strokes, led by Banyai and Rassman at 82 and 83.
“It was wet, windy and cold, and Kendell and Cal played well in those conditions,” Skerik said.
Wilsey finished at 85 strokes, Wagener and Jensen came in at 96, and seventh grader Connor Glynn made his varsity debut by finishing with 91 strokes.
Seeing their first non-conference teams of the season, the Wildcats headed down to New Prague on Friday, April 25, finished fifth of nine teams with a team score of 327. Mankato East took home the team title at 306.
Banyai and Jensen finished at 78 and 79 strokes, respectively, followed by Rassman and Glynn at 85. Wilsey turned in 86 strokes, while Wagener finished the day at 90.
Skerik said overall he is pleased with the way the team opened the season, but also sees room for improvement.
“We just need to eliminate the four or five bad holes every round each golfer is having and get that down to one or two,” he said. “The short game is always the last to come around, so we are working hard in practice on that.”
With the continued wet weather, the Wildcats’ April 28 meet in Mound was cancelled and Tuesday’s in Delano looked close to the chopping block as well. Waconia will host its East division WCC teams on Monday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m.
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