By Bruce Karnick [email protected] One would think, when looking at the same sports, the girls and boys schedule would mostly line up with each other. That was not the case this past week as the …
By Bruce Karnick
One would think, when looking at the same sports, the girls and boys schedule would mostly line up with each other. That was not the case this past week as the boys had multiple matches and the girls only had one. The one the girls had was their mid-conference 18-hole match. The boys had theirs as well, but they also had a few tri-team 9-holes mixed in.
For the ladies, they took a trip to Loggers Trail in Stillwater, a course, according to Head Coach Becky Hartung, is one that is not easy. “Loggers Trail is a tough course that the girls have never played before and it was their first 18-hole match of the season. The first nine holes are set up like a links course and the back nine are like playing on a course up north.”
The difficult part for the Raiders is the lack of 18-hole tournaments this year due to restrictions. That means stamina could be an issue on the longer days.
“Some of the girls ran out of gas toward the end of the round,” explained Coach Hartung.
Captain Megan Brown had the best score for the Raiders, shooting a 90.
“[Brown’s] game is starting to come together, she was hitting her driver really well,” added Coach Hartung.
Ashlyn Endres is also playing solid and consistent golf, shooting a 97. Lauren Skov finished with 101 and Lauren Hubbart ended with a 102. Those scores gave the ladies a third place finish for the tournament. The Raiders are currently tied for second in the conference with Mahtomedi with Simley holding on to first place in the Metro East Conference.
The boys also participated in their mid-conference 18-hole tournament at Loggers Trail. As a team, they did not fare quite as well as the ladies did, finishing in fifth place overall. They missed third by eight strokes.
The top six Raider boys finished: Ryan Swanson – 78, Charlie Williams – 79, Martin Onnen – 83, Joe Benson – 86, Luke Savage – 88, Jake Harris – 88 Prior to the 18-hole tournament, they played host to Hill Murray and Mahtomedi. Mahtomedi won with a team score of 158, Hill-Murray took second with 168, and Hastings third with 171. Individual scores were; Swanson – 44, C.Williams 41, Benson – 42, Onnen – 44, Savage – 49, Harris – 49.
Monday morning had the Raider boys hosting once more, this time XXX and YYY came to town for a tri-match at Hastings Golf Club.
“The course is playing, probably the best it has all year and it’s a beautiful morning out,” said the Raiders current number one, Ryan Swanson as he walked the fairway.
Unfortunately, the results of Monday’s meet were not made available by press time..
The boys have two more matched this week, Tuesday at Keller Golf Course then Friday at River Oaks. Then back at Keller on Monday the 10th, Inverwood on Tuesday, then a return home on Thursday.
The girls will have played at home Tuesday, then they travel to Oak Glen Thursday the sixth, and Emerald Greens on the 11th.
Ryan Swanson asseses his approach shot at Hastings Golf Club on Monday Morning. Photo by Bruce Karnick