After holding the lead for most of the season, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ golf team clinched its Minnesota River Conference Championship late Monday, May 19 at Valley View Golf Course in Belle Plaine.
With 1,023 total strokes, the Crusaders dethroned 2013 conference champions Jordan. The Hubmen finished 23 strokes back in second place at 1,046. Belle Plaine was a far third at 1,131.
Crusader senior Rob Ryan was the individual MRC champion and earned the conference’s MVP honors. Senior Joe Zittergruen finished third in the conference at 25 over par (Ryan won the conference at 20), and junior Andrew Wolf also snagged All-Conference honors by finishing seventh at 43.
While Mayer Lutheran led the conference for the majority of the season, Jordan was always waiting in the shadows, just a few dozen strokes back. Jordan gave the Crusaders a run for their money Monday night, as the Hubmen won the back nine of Valley View’s course.
Mayer Lutheran won the front nine as a team, logging 170 strokes. Zittergruen was the team’s top golfer, finishing second overall with 40 strokes on the par 35 course behind Jordan’s Jake Pieper (38).
Ryan was the medalist on the back nine, shooting a 41 on the par 36 course. Mayer Lutheran finished tied for third at 183 strokes with Belle Plaine, while Jordan and Sibley East tied for first just two strokes ahead at 181.
Mayer Lutheran’s girls’ golf team also made its final MRC appearance Monday at Valley View, finishing last of the complete teams on both the front and back nines. The Crusaders golfed a 297 on the front nine, led by freshman Addie Luehrs at 68 strokes. On the back nine, Luehrs and senior Maggie Knoll led the LHS charge with 62 strokes each, and the Crusaders finished at 284.
In the final conference standings, the Crusaders finished sixth of the seven teams with 1,807 strokes over Sibley East’s 2,817. Jordan, led by conference MVP Trianna Thong, took home the team championship with 1,186 strokes on the year.
Early last week, the Crusader boys traveled to Montgomery National Golf Club on May 13 for an MRC meet on the par 36 course. Ryan was the individual medalist with a one-under par score of 35. Mayer Lutheran took home the team title with 163 strokes over second place Jordan (167).
The next day, LHS went even further south to Legacy Golf Course in Faribault for a triangular meet against Shattuck-St. Mary’s and Faribault.
The Crusaders totaled 510 strokes between their six golfers, over Shattuck’s 523 and Faribault’s 536. Zittergruen was the individual medalist with 73 strokes, golfing a 38 on the front nine and 35 on the back.
Ryan wasn’t far behind with a 40-40 split for 80 strokes, followed by Wroge at 85 strokes (40 in, 45 out).
Senior Anthony Gruenhagen and Wolf turned in mirror scores of 87 strokes. Gruenhagen was 42 in, 45 out, while Wolf was 45 in, 42 out.
Senior Chad Anenson wrapped the varsity day for LHS with 98 strokes, golfing 47 in and 51 out. Senior Matt Huinker represented the Crusader junior varsity team at Legacy, also turning in a 98 (52 in, 46 out).
Next week, the Mayer Lutheran boys will head to the Section 4A tournament on May 28-29 at Victory Links Golf Course in Blaine. The girls, competing in Section 5AA, will be at Pebble Creek in Becker May 29 and June 2.
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