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Marshall golf battles tough conditions at Worthington

May 16, 2012
Marshall Independent

After playing a Southwest Conference meet with Worthington on Tuesday at Prairie View Golf Links, Marshall boys' golf coach Allen Lucht said the Worthington course played more like Scotland than a Southwestern Minnesota course.

The Tiger boys put together a team score of 169, besting the Trojans by four strokes, but Lucht admitted it was far from the team's best round of the year.

"With the wind, even a lot of the short putts were moving unexpectedly," Lucht said. "No one was real low, except on the B-team, where we had two kids shoot 39s in Will Gallagher and Alex Buysse."

Among the team's varsity golfers, Brent Haukom and Jacob Baker shot Marshall's lowest rounds, with both golfers carding 41s. Marcus Holmberg and Matt Bennett rounded out the team score with a 43 and 44, respectively. Taking medalist honors was Worthington's Seth Meier, who carded a 38.

"The key is to not let (the wind) bother you, and keep your shots low, whether it's a punch shot or moving down two, three or four clubs," Lucht said. "We have a couple of guys who balloon shots high in the air."

If the treeless course wasn't hard enough on the long shots, Prairie View's undulating greens presented just as tough a challenge.

"It was a completely different learning experience, like playing in Scotland," Lucht said. "It's a premonition of next Wednesday's meet (at the sub-section) in Tyler if we have that kind of wind there. ... It did sock them in the pants a little bit that they have to work a little more on their wind game."

For the girls, Hanna Peterson shot the Tigers' low round with a 45 as Marshall finished with a score of 193, finishing three strokes behind the Trojans.

Following Peterson was Jessica Blanchard (48), Kirsten Webskowski (49) and Allie Pogatchinik (51).

Marshall girls' golf coach Nancy Blanchard said it was a solid round for her lineup, but her team was constantly in battle with the tough course.

"The wind on that course is tough with no trees there," Blanchard said. "The girls struggled with their approach shots.

"The wind was howling down there, it was a two-club wind. And the wind didn't just affect the shots, it affected the putts."

Pacing Worthington was Kate Lesnar, who clinched medalist honors with a 43.

On Thursday, the Marshall golf teams head to St. Cloud for a tournament.

Boys Team Results: 1. Marshall 169; 2. Worthington 173.

Marshall Individual Results: Brent Haukom 41, Jacob Baker 41, Marcus Holmberg 43, Matt Bennett 44, Max Deutz 45, Matt Christianson 47

Girls Team Results: 1. Worthington 190; 2. Marshall 193.

Marshall Individual Results: Hanna Peterson 45, Jessica Blanchard 48, Kirsten Webskowski 49, Allie Pogatchinik 51, Laura Mitlyng 53, Sarah Vogl 53.



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