Jacks golfers battle the wind
The Bemidji boys golf team and six of its section peers battled strong winds Saturday at Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre while the Lumberjacks girls made the trip to Grand Rapids only to have their meet called off while the van was a few miles from Pokegama Golf Course.
"We made it to Coleraine when the Grand Rapids coach called and told us the course was unplayable," said BHS girls coach Jeff Nelson. "It had rained hard the entire trip so we weren't surprised. The soil at Pokegama is heavy and can't take water like we can at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. And, even if the course could have handled the rain, it wouldn't have been worthwhile playing. You don't get any better at golf when you play in those conditions."
The girls will hope for better conditions Monday when they play at Park Rapids. Scheduled to make the trip are Meg Phelps, Amy Frosaker, Hailey Hinners, Katelin Craft, Kelsey Isaacson and Megan Dondelinger.
Rain fell on the boys golfers for the first 30 minutes of their round but the sky gradually cleared and rain was a non-factor. What did influence the scoring, however, was the wind.
"It blew a consistent 25 to 30 miles per hour and we had gusts up to 40 miles per hour," said Bemidji coach Seth Knudson. "Nobody shot better than 80 because of the wind."
Saturday's meet was designed to give the Lumberjacks and the other section teams an opportunity to play on the course which will host the section meet.
Alexandria posted the best score with a 337 and Buffalo shot 341. Bemidji finished at 345 and completing the field were St. Cloud Tech at 348,, Sartell at 352, Monticello at 370 and St. Cloud Apollo at 372.
The section teams which did not participate included Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Sauk Rapids, Big Lake and Brainerd.
"Greystone is a links course and we don't play much links golf," Knudson said. "It has heavy fescue grass and not many trees so the wind is always blowing. If you miss the fairway and find the fescue it is tough to advance your ball, assuming you can find the ball."
Ben Davis of Sartell was Saturday's medalist as he shot 80 on the par 36-36-72 layout. Bemidji's best were the 85s carded by Kaleb Hanson and Elliott Leinen.
Kodi Craft shot 87, Trey Dale 88, Jordan Manick 93 and Max Hazelton 94.
"We would like to climb a little higher in the team standings and we'll have a few more chances to play this course before the section meet," Knudson said.
The Jacks are off until Friday and Saturday when they head to Fargo. Their only home appearance is a week from Monday when they host the Bemidji Invitational at the Country Club.
Sauk Centre Invitational
At Greystone - 36-36-72
Alexandria 337, Buffalo 341, Bemidji 345, St. Cloud Tech 348, Sartell 352, Monticello 370, St. Cloud Apollo 372
Medalist: Davis (Sartell) 80
Bemidji's results: Hanson 42-43-85; Leinen 40-45-85; Craft 43-44-87; Dale 41- 47-88; Manick 48-45-93; Hazelton 42-52-94