May 24, 2024

WCA boys to play for WCC title Tuesday

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Brooke Kern

Grant County Herald

The West Central Area boys golf team will play for the West Central Conference title Tuesday, May 16, at Pomme de Terre Golf Course in Morris. The Knights won 3-of-4 conference meets last week to tie Minnewaska atop the team standings.

Minnewaska

“What an exciting tournament,” said Knights boys coach Kraig Hunter of the Minnewaska Invite Wednesday, May 10, in Glenwood. “We talk before each meet, the importance of every stroke and when it is that close it shows.”

West Central Area edged Minnewaska by one stroke to win. The Knights posted a 170 while the Lakers had a 171.

“With all the groups done but one, WCA sophomore Sam Hanson drained an eight-foot putt to give us the 1-stroke win,” Hunter added. “It shows the depth of our team as two of our top golfers Brett Amundson and Marshall Dewey didn’t have their best rounds in the first meet, but Peyton and Sam Hanson picked them up.”

Mitch Dewey tied for third overall with a 39. His nine-hole round featured a birdie and five pars.

Sam and Peyton Hanson both finished in the top 10 as well. Sam Hanson carded a 42, which was good for a sixth-place tie while older brother Peyton had a 43, good for 10th overall. Sam Hanson had five pars while Peyton had three.

Marshall Dewey had three pars and birdie to finish plus-10 at 46. The score was good for a four-way tie for 12th overall.

Cole Anderson and Camden Anderson both finished with 47, good for a tie for 16th place. Both recorded a par on the same hole.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good,” senior Cole Anderson said after his ball bounced off a tree and onto the green on hole eight during the round.

Brett Amundson rounded out the scoring with a 54.

Lexi Hunter tied for eighth overall with a 48. The senior had two pars and finished plus-12 on the front nine at Minnewaska. Mya Foslien finished the round with a 62.

Benson

Camden Anderson posted a season-low, which helped West Central Area to win its second straight meet by one stroke Wednesday afternoon in Benson. The Knights posted a 159 while Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Minnewaska tied for second overall with 160.

“Once again, a lot of guys contributed to the 1-stroke win,” WCA boys coach Kraig Hunter said.

Mitch Dewey finished in fourth with a 38. His round featured eight pars as the junior finished two over par in the back nine at Benson.

“We have to give some props to Mitch. He is steady and consistent and is a big reason we are shooting low team scores,” Hunter said. “He made a 6-foot par save on the eighth hole (in Benson).”

Marshall Dewey tied for fifth with a 39, with a round that featured four holes for par and a birdie.

“Marshall Dewey got up and down for par from over the green on the last hole,” Hunter added.

Sam Hanson and Camden Anderson tied for eighth after both carded 41 at Benson.

“Cam Anderson had his season best round with a 41, and Sam Hanson had a good day as we used his score at both meets,” Hunter said. Both Hanson and Anderson had four holes for par each in their nine-hole rounds.

Peyton Hanson (43), Cole Anderson (44) and Brett Amundson (45) rounded out the golfers for the WCA boys.

“Cole Anderson continues to improve as well,” Hunter concluded.

For the Lady Knights, Lexi Hunter tied for fourth overall. She carded a 42 in the nine-hole round, and recorded six holes for par.

Mya Foslien scored a 61, which was good for a tie for 27th overall.

Montevideo

Minnewaska won the Montevideo meet Friday, May 12, at River Crest Public Golf Course in Montevideo. The Lakers won by two strokes with a 158 over runner-up WCA.

Sam Hanson tied for second overall with a 37. His nine-hole round featured a birdie and five holes for par.

Marshall Dewey finished four over par with a 39. His round was highlighted by a birdie on a par five and three holes for par.

Mitch Dewey had five holes for par for his round of 41. The score was good for a three-way tie for 10th.

Peyton Hanson (43), Brett Amundson (44), Cole Anderson (45) and Nick Dulas (54) rounded out the scoring for the WCA boys. Amundson had an eagle on a par five to highlight his nine-hole round.

Lexi Hunter tied for 12th overall and was the only WCA girl to compete Friday. The senior carded a 48 round, which included two pars and a birdie.

BOLD

The West Central Area boys team tied with Minnewaska in team standings by clinching a four-stroke victory Friday, at the Olivia Golf Club.

“What an effort by our team,” said Knights boys coach Kraig Hunter. “Playing well in a rain like that has a lot to do with attitude. Our guys had the right attitude and embraced the tough conditions and placed five guys in the top 17 out of 56 golfers.”

Mitch Dewey earned medalist honors with a season-best 34.

“Mitch’s round had seven pars and two birdies,” Hunter said. “Golf is hard enough to not make a mistake in nine holes and Mitch did it in the rain. He is a competitor and always ready.”

Marshall Dewey was tied for second overall with a 38. Sam Hanson tied for 10th overall with a 41. Brett Amundson tied for 13th with a 42 and Cole Anderson tied for 15th with a 43. Peyton Hanson rounded out the WCA boys golfers with a 44.

“We had several other good rounds by our guys as well. Marshall and Sam have been very consistent and each had a couple of birdies,” Hunter said. “They’ve put themselves in a good position for Tuesday.”

Lexi Hunter tied for seventh overall with a 47 at BOLD.

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