Eagles finish eighth at state meet

JORDAN – The Class AA State Golf Tournament was cut short due to rain on Wednesday postponing tee times until mid afternoon. The competitors only golfed nine holes before the meet was officially called.

The New Ulm Eagles finished eighth overall as a team, shooting 80-80-80-81 on Day 1 and 40-42-42-42 on Day 2 with a two-day team total of 487.

The finish was frustrating for the Eagles, who were looking to improve on the first day’s performance.

“After [Tuesday’s] performance, knowing that we are capable of playing better than that, they were anxious to play and they were excited,” New Ulm coach Dan Janke said. “We were itching to play, and when we got there, the minute we got there it started to down-pour. They were out on the putting green and they were wanting to hit some golf balls, it was frustrating because we were ready to play.”

Staples-Motley took the tournament with a team score of 443 with all four players in the top 25 overall after day two. Mitch Hagenson led the team with a 108, and placed third overall.

Detroit Lakes, the defending state champion, was second (450), followed by Litchfield (454), Hermantown (464), Blake (467), Marshall (469), Rochester Lourdes (481) and New Ulm (487).

“There are some great teams, there are some great teams that didn’t make it this year, we’ve seen them before in a few different tournaments and we’ve heard about them,” Janke said. “There are some great teams with some great players out there. Josh Kummerfeld [of Waseca and an opponent in the South Central Conference] is a very good player and he got hot at the right time today to finish second.”

Delano’s Jordan Peters was the overall medalist with a 104 and Kummerfeldt was second with a 106.

Tanner Zupfer ended in the Top 50 for the Eagles with a two-day total of 120. Colin Huffman shot a 122 after completing a 42 on Wednesday afternoon.

Jonah Cooper finished in the Top 60 with a 123 after golfing an 80 on Day 1 and a 43 on Wednesday. Josh Cooper, Matt Saffert, and Ethan Kraus all tied after 24 holes at 124.

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