HUTCHINSON - The Marshall boys golf team battled a wet course and windy conditions at the Hutchinson Boys Golf Invitational. They finished first in the meet with a team score of 315.
Allen Lucht was pleased with his team's effort to battle through the tough conditions, even though the team fell short of their target score.
"We want to be around 300 all the time. We were close, but considering the circumstances with the wet course and the wind, I think they did a heck of a good job to win this event," Lucht said.
Lucht was especially pleased with Matt Christianson, who's 77 was one stroke off of Litchfield's Josh Polingo.
"Matt's 77 made me feel really good," Lucht said. He's got his swing going now and that's great to see him come in like that."
Lucht attributed the higher team score to the short game. "The guys struggled both on and around the greens, so that's why the scores are a little higher than we wanted them."
Tigers place fifth
GLENWOOD - The Marshall Tigers girls golf team competed at the Minnewaska Girls Golf Invitational. They battled both a stiff wind and stiff competition to finish sixth out of 11 teams on Friday.
Marshall coach Nancy Blanchard said they tough competition is why she brings her team to this event.
"We go there because you want to play the toughest competition you can find to see how you stack up, and you learn from the other players," Blanchard said. "I think we're finding out that we can play with them and don't have to be intimidated by them."
Blanchard said the one team they especially were keeping an eye on was Minnewaska Area, who is in the same section as the Tigers, but knew that Minnewaska playing on their home course gave them an edge over Marshall, who was playing the course for the first time.
"Our goal was to see how close to Minnewaska as we could, but its their home course and there was a lot of local knowledge, " Blanchard said. "If we knew how to play the course, that would have helped."
Still, Blanchard is pleased with the team's performance, and is finding that perfection isn't mandatory. "We don't have to play our most perfect round," Blanchard said. "If we play closer to our average, we are right there with them."
Hutchinson Boys Golf Invitational
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marshall 315, 2.Dassel-Cokato 332, 3. Delano 333, 4. Litchfield 338, 5. Hutchinson 339, Monticello 377, 6. Glencoe-Silver Lake 390, Watertown-Mayer 422
MARSHALL: Matt Christenson 77, Brent Haukom and Matt Bennett 79, Alex Buysse 80, Jacob Baker 81, Taylor Rasmusson 94.
LITCHFIELD: Josh Polingo 76
Minnewaska Girls Golf Invitational
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Detroit Lakes 332, 2. Alexandria 351, 3. Minnewaska 359, 4. Osakis 366, 5. Marshall 373, 6. St. Cloud Tech 390 Rogers 407, Ortonvillle 427, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 447, St Michael-Albertville 450, West Central 503
Natalie Ross (DL) and Jenna Janu 77,
MARSHALL: Jessica Blanchard 88, Hanna Peterson 89, Kami Love 98, Kirsten Webskowski 98, Mallory Griffin 107, Olivia Peterson 106.