A record-setting performance by the Marshall girls' golf team highlighted a Tiger sweep of a Southwest Conference triangular in Pipestone on Monday, as both the Marshall boys' and girls' teams defeated Windom Area and Pipestone Area in the nine-hole event.
The Marshall girls fired a team total of 166 to defeat Windom by 28 strokes, while Pipestone had just one individual compete.
"I think that's a school record for us," Marshall head girls' golf coach Nancy Blanchard said. "(The girls) seem to like this golf course. It was still pretty windy, but we played in windy conditions on Saturday and I think that maybe helped us. We just had a really solid, solid effort today with four scores under 45.
"This week will tell a lot as to who's going to play on that tournament team," Blanchard added. "We're hoping to get these kind of scores out of the girls. This is probably the best we've played as a group and that's the nice part. Making it a little competitive within the team helps everyone get a little bit better."
Jessica Blanchard carded a 3-over-par 39 to lead the Tigers, while Hanna Peterson was one stroke off her pace with a 40. Kirsten Webskowski came in third on the team with a 42, while Laura Mitlyng rounded out the team score with a 45. Allie Pogatchnik and Eden Deutz both shot 50 for Marshall.
"People are starting to come around a little bit," Nancy Blanchard said. "I think Jessica and Hanna are starting to play a little bit more like they were last summer, they're getting the kinks out. Kirsten is coming along, this is as good as I've seen her play. We're really shaving off some strokes."
After winning an invitation at the eventual Class AA state meet venue (the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan) over the weekend, the Marshall boys' team received a bit of a wake-up call in Pipestone, barely squeaking past Windom Area to win the triangular.
The Tigers shot 158 as a team, while the Eagles posted a team total of 160 behind a low-round of 36 by Dylan Pigman. Pipestone Area came in third at 172.
Brent Haukom was 1-over for the Tigers, their lowest round of the day. Alex Buysse and Matt Christianson each posted 40, while Jacob Baker rounded out the group with a 41. Jon Wyffels also golfed for the Tigers and shot 43, while Matt Bennett (who was the medalist in Jordan over the weekend) fell ill and did not finish his round on Monday.
High winds gusted up time and again in Pipestone on Monday, but Lucht said it was nothing like the conditions the Tigers had faced on Saturday.
The wind today really wasn't that bad," Lucht said. "At first it was really fierce but it kind of slowed down towards the end of the match. Really I didn't think the wind was anything to worry too much about. I watched Matt Christianson, Alex Buysse and Brent Haukom hit three great shots into the wind. So I didn't feel it was that big of a deal and it wasn't as bad as it was in Jordan."
Both Marshall teams are back in action today at the Luverne Country Club.
Girls' Team Scores: Marshall 166, Windom Area 194. Incomplete: Pipestone Area
Marshall Individual Results: Jessica Blanchard 39, Hanna Peterson 40, Kirsten Webskowski 42, Laura Mitlyng 45, Allie Pogatchnik 50, Eden Deutz 50
Boys' Team Scores: Marshall 158, Windom Area 160, Pipestone Area 172
Marshall Individual Results: Brent Haukom 37, Alex Buysse 40, Matt Christianson 40, Jacob Baker 41, Jon Wyffels 43, Matt Bennett DNF