And in a blink of an eye the golf season is over.
The Pelican Rapids boys golf team completed its season May 30 at the section golf meet at Lakeside Golf Course in Perham.
The event marked a remarkably short season that began the last week of April with the first conference meet in Pelican Rapids.
Coach Bruggeman felt that as a team the golfers may have performed a little below expected levels, based on the fact that there were five returning varsity golfers from last year. “Our consistency just wasn’t there.” noted Bruggeman. “You could blame it on the short season but other towns were faced with the same weather conditions.”
Bruggeman feels that the short season probably reflected the amount of golf that was played after last year’s season.
“It is so important to work on the game of golf in the summer months and get as much muscle memory as you can into your game. The more you do something the easier your mind and body will respond when you pick up the sport again.”
Although the season may have fallen short of expectations the Vikings did have two all-conference golfers as McHale Korf and Logan Petznick finished in the top 15 of all golfer in the Heart O’ Lakes conference. Korf finished the season in 9th place with an 84 stroke average on 18 holes while Logan was just 4 strokes behind on the year with an 85 average which was good for 10th place. This is the third All-Conference finish for both golfers.
“As a team, we did eke out a tie with Hawley for 3rd place in the conference behind a tough Barnesville squad who won the title for the second year in a row, and an always strong Perham team,” said Bruggeman.
The boys compete in Section 6A for the chance to go to state which is a two-day event held in Perham. The goal is always to make it to the second day as a team and as individuals as that puts you in the position to realize the dream of going to state.
Coach Bruggeman felt the team had the ability to at least advance to the second day if the 3, 4, 5 and 6 golfers could roll in a couple scores 95 or less. That did happen as Noah Kapenga fired a solid round of 91 and Reiley Heimark shot a 94 with Kirby Nelson right on his heels with a 95, however, an off day for Korf and Petznick saw the Vikings slip out of the top 4. Petznick shot a 91 and Korf shot a 92. Petznick, Kapenga and Korf all advanced to the second day as individuals and Petznick ended up shooting an 85 with two triples in his round, showing he has the game to make it to state. Korf ended up with a 96 on the day and Kapenga a 95.
Bruggeman knows that both Korf and Petznick have the abilities to make it to state next year as both are competing hard to be the best golfer in the program. That competition will push them to not get too far behind the other players’ improvement over the summer and that will get them to that next level going into Spring golf in 2020.
“We are hoping that desire flows over to the rest of the team and the Summer of 2019 is a fun summer on the course for the team,” Bruggeman stated. All seven varsity golfers return next year.