By David Merrill
Marshall’s Brent Haukom chips up onto the green out of a sand trap during an earlier meet this season. Haukom and the rest of the Tigers secured a section championship and a spot in the 2014 State Golf Tournament.
The Murray County Central boys gold team holds up their section championship trophy after winning the section and securing a spot in the State Golf Tournament.
JORDAN - Marshall will be heading back to the State Golf Tournament today after finishing sixth out of eight teams with a 469 at last year's tournament.
Jordan is a course that the Tigers have experience playing on.
The last time they played at Sand Creek, they won the Jordan Invitational with a score of 471.
"We know the golf course," Marshall coach Allen Lucht said. "That will give us a little bit of an advantage. We just have to focus on sticking to our gameplan."
Sand Creek can turn into a tough course when conditions get rough. It's a course that Lucht described as "thick."
Even if the weather conditions do take a turn for the worse, the team will be prepared.
"We played in the rain the other day," Lucht said. "That way, if we happen to get caught in the rain out there, we will know how to handle it and how to adjust. We've prepared for every scenario."
Lucht feels his team is in a comfortable spot and has had them focusing on chipping, putting and their short game in the week's leading up to the state tournament.
Marshall won the section championship to end the month of may, shooting a 299 at Buffalo Lake.
Brent Haukom shot a 72 while Matt Bennett finished with a 73.
Murray County Central and Dawson-Boyd will also be competing as a team at the Class A State Golf Meet in at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
D-B finished sixth in Class A action last season with a score of 680 and Easton Popma, who is returning as a senior this year, tied for 18th, shooting a 164.
MCC finished second in last year's State Golf Meet with a 671.
Adam Christensen placed in the top 20 as a sophomore with a 164.
The fact that coach Kim DeLong has three returners from last year's team is going to help the cause.
"It was nice to see some course management today during the practice round," DeLong said. "There is always going to be some anxiety, but we've been practicing a lot and they work well together as a team."
DeLong, like Lucht, stressed the importance of keeping the ball in the fairway due to the high number of sandtraps on the course and the thicker-than-usual rough.
In addition to the three area schools competing as a team, Hunter Burns and Jeremy Alsaker from Russell-Tyler-Ruthong along with Mitch McCosh from Yellow Medicine East will be competing as individuals.
BOYS STATE GOLF TEE TIMES
Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker
12:54 p.m- Hunter Burns, RTR
1:03 p.m.- Jeremy Alsaker, RTR
1:21 p.m.- Mitch McCosh, YME
12:00 p.m.-Jack Pierson, MCC
Jared Monson, Dawson-Boyd
2:09 p.m.-Brad Schreiber, MCC
Dalton Palmer, Dawson-Boyd
2:18 p.m.-Tyler Groves, MCC
Spencer Erickson, Dawson-Boyd
12:27 p.m.-Jaden Boerboom, MCC
12:36 p.m.- Adam Christensen, MCC
Easton Popma, Dawson-Boyd
12:45 p.m.- Grant Everson, MCC
Cameron Kemen, Dawson-Boyd