April 23, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.
One of the first times the boys got out on the course earlier this week, the conditions were not ideal. The wind was blowing hard and the temps were dipping below 40.
But that didn’t stop Chisago Lakes senior Eric Chambers from dominating at his home course.
Chambers shot a one-under 71 to pace the Wildcats to a win in the five team invite. He was one under through the first nine and shot an even round on the back nine.
“Eric had a really nice day,” Head Coach Bryon Rogers said. “ A 71 in that weather not only takes a great amount of skill but also a strong mental capacity to stay focused.”
His 71 led the field by seven strokes. Second place behind Chambers actually went to teammate Bryce Thompson. The junior played close to Chambers’ pace on the front nine, shooting a one-over 37 before taking a few extra shots on the back nine and finishing with a 41 on that half of the course.
He bested Taylor McMorrow of St. Francis by one stroke for the second place spot.
The Wildcats’ domination of the meet continued through the top five spots after McMorrow. Joe Olson shot a 41 on the front nine and backed that up with a 40 on the back nine to shoot an 81 and finish in fourth place.
Andrue Trelstad carded an 84, which was good enough for fifth place. He shot a 41 on the front nine and a 43 on the back.
Thomas Overgaard, the youngster on the team as an eighth grader, even registered a strong 87 as the fifth score for the ‘Cats. He shot a 43 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine.
As a team, the ‘Cats ran away with the meet, carding a 314. Second place St. Francis was 22 strokes behind at 336. Cambridge-Isanti finished third with a 352 and North Branch came in fourth with a 357. Princeton rounded out the Mississippi 8 East Conference scores with a 368.
“Combined, we took four out of the top five places which really shows how hard these kids have practiced for this home match,” Rogers said. “This is the second consecutive conference match that we have won both the varsity as well as the junior varsity level. Thomas Overgaard and Justin Lowry are eighth graders who have been cracking the varsity rotation this year, and they have really given a boost when needed. It's nice to see the team play well this early in the season. If they can continue to improve, the next month will be really exciting!”
North Branch comes in fourth in the M8C East
The Vikings struggled with the wind at times, only registering two sub-90 scores. Nick Kress was the catalyst for NB, scoring an 85 after shooting a 41 on the front nine and a 44 on the back half.
The other under 90 score came from Dylan Haider, who carded an 88 after shooting a 45-43 split.
Regan Nelson, a state tourney entrant from last year, struggled to a 93, shooting 47 on the front and 46 on the back.
Reece Turnvall and Cole Pearson both scored 92s for the Vikings in their fourth place finish.
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