MARSHALL - On Saturday, Marshall's Matt Bennett and head coach Allen Lucht had to make a quick equipment change.
When Bennett was putting, Lucht said the sophomore was standing up too straight and his arms weren't loose enough on his attempts.
"I wanted to get Matt bent over the ball more," Lucht said. "Even with his regular golf swing, he gets to standing up too straight and starts moving all over the place. His arms were too stiff and he didn't have a good, easy-going movement with his arms when he was putting."
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Marshall’s Matt Bennett putts on hole No. 12 at the Marshall Golf Club during a Southwest Conference dual with Pipestone on Monday. Bennett carded a 36 to take medalist honors.
So Bennett got a shorter putter, and the results were appearing right away for Bennett across Marshall Golf Club's back nine during the team's Southwest Conference dual with Pipestone on Monday. Bennett took medalist honors with an even-par 36, helping the Tigers to a score of 164, besting the Arrows' 195.
"The putter just seemed to be working," Bennett said. "It's just helped straightened my arms out."
The putter wasn't the only piece of equipment that Lucht helped Bennett out with.
"I forgot my golf shoes today," Bennett said, "so I had to borrow Allen's. Apparently, they worked."
Bennett was the lone golfer to shoot in the 30s on Monday, as golfers from both teams struggled with the windy back-nine. Playing most of their nine-hole meets on the front-nine, Bennett admitted in a way, if felt almost like a road meet at MGC.
"I think it was the first time in like two or three years that we played the back (for a nine-hole meet)," Bennett said. "... It was really windy and the back is much more open. I just seemed to find the fairway and got it close enough to where I could make a putt."
Rounding out the varsity score for the Tigers were Marcus Holmberg (42), and Brent Haukom and Jacob Baker, who carded 43s. Alex Buysse finished with a 44, and Max Deutz struggled on Monday, carding a 47.
"It was very unusual," Lucht said. "I really can't fathom the difference (of playing the back-nine), and I think we need to do that more. Maybe it's a good thing we did that."
It was a win for the Tigers, but a frustrating one for Lucht, whose squad is currently ranked third in the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association High School Golf Ratings.
"The attitude wasn't as good today and we had some problems with concentration," Lucht said. "I don't try to make excuses for the kids, but we only had one that kept his mind on the process and played really good."
Marshall will have to make adjustments on the fly this week as the boys' team has two more meets, including a dual meet today against Redwood Valley in Redwood Falls, before hosting Windom on Friday.
"We have to get ourselves back together and get our swings back and stop thinking about things that get in the way," Lucht said.
Team Scores: 1. Marshall 164; 2. Pipestone 195.
Marshall Individual Results: Matt Bennett 36; Marcus Holmberg 42; Brent Haukom 43; Jacob Baker 43; Alex Buysse 44; Max Deutz 47.
Pipestone Individual Results: Brock Morgan 44, Conner Wacker 47, AJ Bucher 44, Blake Olsen 52, Trent VanRoekel 52, Zach Ploeger 53.