5/30/2013 3:52:00 PM Area golfers kick off Memorial Day sections
by JEFF NORTON
Memorial Day always brings about the start of the Section 7AA golf tournament at Hinckley Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley, and despite the constant delays and reschedulings this year, the sections were able to start on time.
Boys The Chisago Lakes boys qualified for the second day of the tournament after turning in a sterling performance in the first round. They were paced on the day by sophomore Eric Chambers, who shot a 38 on the front nine and a one-under 35 on the back nine to finish one over for the day with a 73. His score was good enough for second place overall in the meet behind senior Brett Morrison of Cloquet, who shot an even 72. Chambers’ 73 was backed up by sophomore Carter Haskins and freshman Bryce Thompson. Both of the youngsters had identical scores. They both shot a 40 on the opening nine and then followed those up with one-over 37s on the back closing nine. Senior Garrett Darling rounded out the varsity scoring for Chisago Lakes with a strong 81. He clubbed a 41 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine.
The tally gave the Wildcat boys a total of 308, which put them in third place in the first day of the meet. Grand Rapids was tops in the first round, shooting a 300 and Forest Lake was just behind in second place with a 303. Those three teams will tee off again on Thursday, May 30 to determine which team will move on to the state tournament. For North Branch, they got two very strong scores at the top of their lineup, but the wheels fell off after that. Junior John Buboltz played an even-keeled game throughout the game, shooting a 38 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine to finish with a 76 and qualify for the second day of the tournament as an individual. Freshman Nick Kress joined him on the second day with a matching 76. Kress carded a 40 on the front nine, but then shot an even 36 on the back nine. The pair finished in a tie for ninth place. North Branch’s other varsity scores came from the clubs of sophomore Regan Nelson, who carded an 82 after shooting a 44 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine, and Rob Hansen, who carded a 90 with a 46-44 split on the front and back nine. The Vikings finished tied for eighth place with Duluth East with a score of 324. That means that outside of Kress and Buboltz, the season ended for the rest of the boys.
Girls Both North Branch and Chisago Lakes girls golfers had troubles on the course all throughout the day. North Branch only had two golfers stay under 100. Sophomore Janice Elkerton led them with a 97 in 40th place and junior Emily Carlson scored a 98 in 42nd place. Hannah Gomes and Ruth Elkerton finished up the Vikings’ scoring with Gomes carding a 102 and the younger Elkerton, only an eighth grader, scoring a 103. The Vikings finished with a score of 400 even in 10th place. None of the girls advanced to the second round. For Chisago Lakes, things went even worse at times. Katelyn Sargeant was the lone bright spot, carding a 92 on the 18-hole course, but that was still only good enough for 28th place for the sophomore. Senior Maddie Howard was the next Wildcat, scoring 101 after a 52-49 split. Sophomore Haley Bodell and junior Alyssa Marthaler were the third and fourth scores for CL. Bodell notched a 115 and Marthaler a 118. The ‘Cats finished with 426 points, putting them in last place in the meet, 10 strokes behind Princeton in 11th place. Andover won the first round of the girls meet with a 335, Grand Rapids finished second with a 339 and Forest Lake third with a 341.