The golf season for the Viking boys golf team finally began on Thursday, April 25 with a Heart O’ Lakes meet in Pelican Rapids.
The boys team, with only a couple days of practice under their belt, did not perform at a level in which they are capable. The boys finished fourth with a four person team score of 365. Team score is calculated by taking the best four 18 hole scores from your team of six golfers.
Barnesville won the Pelican Rapids meet with a score of 312.
The scores at Birchwood were a little bit higher than years past as the weather brought a strong wind out of the north to add to the lack of practice time. The best score on the day was shot by Mason Moen and Adam Tonsfeldt of Barnesville who carded identical scores of 76 and were the only ones to break 80 on the day. For the Vikings McHale Korf led the way with a score of 85 on the day.
The Vikings followed up Korf’s scores with, out of the norm scores of, 90, 94 and 96 for its top four finishers. Shooting these scores were Logan Petznick (90), Noah Kapenga (94) and Levi Johnson (96). Coach Doug Bruggeman noted that Petznick had a tough couple holes that just killed his round. “Logan will be a low 80s golfer on most days but when you get a 10 on a hole it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.”
Also golfing for the Vikings were Kirby Nelson who shot a 97 and Brady Petznick who carded a 99.
HOL Meet Results – Hawley
The golf season was delayed by snow through most of April, experienced high winds at Pelican Rapids the week before and then challenged the golfers with low 40 degree weather and periodic rain in Hawley on May 1.
The Viking boys team did improve on their first meet and finished a spot higher, a third place finish in the second HOL meet of the year with a team score of 356. Barnesville once again finished first with team score of 309 and also had the top two golfers for the meet with Adam Tonsfeldt firing a low of 69 and Grant Inniger coming in with a 73. For the Vikings it was a rebound round for Logan Petznick who came in with an 80 for a tie for 6th best individual score.
“Logan came in with a solid round and he had two out of bounds penalties,” commented Coach Bruggeman. “After his disappointing finish at Birchwood, this was a huge confidence boost for him.”
McHale Korf continues to provide consistent golf in the early rounds of the season for the Vikings as he backed up his 85 in Pelican Rapids with an 82 in Hawley. Unfortunately, the Vikings have not seen normal rounds out of two of their better golfers as Kirby Nelson and Noah Kapenga shot rounds of 97.
“Both Noah and Kirby are way better golfers than these first two meets have shown,” stated Bruggeman. “We need them to find their game in the next three weeks so we can make a solid showing at the Section meet in late May.”
Also golfing for the Vikings were Levi Johnson and Brady Petznick who both shot 101s on the day.