Despite the fact Monticello grabbed the three low scores of the day, Beckman’s boys golf team took second in the Easton Valley Invitational, played over the Plum River course in Preston, April 15.
Monticello claimed first with 316, 15 strokes in front of the Blazers, 331. The rest of the field was far behind, with third going to the host school 375, followed by Bellevue 376, Camanche 391, Lisbon 400, Calamus-Wheatland 413 and Marquette 430.
Nate Offerman paced the Blazers with the fifth-lowest individual score, 81 (45-36). Thomas Thier was next with 82 (40-42), taking ninth via playoff, followed by Sean Hinerichsen 83 (43-40) and Nick Offerman 85 (44-41). Ty Rausch’s 89 and Brady Bockenstedt’s 90 did not count.
Monticello copped medal honors with a 77 from Bo Kramer, followed by 78 from Connor Lambert, 80 from Ty Kehoe and 81 from Kaden Kiburz.
Easton Valley’s low was Ethan Farrell’s 80. Bellevue got double 92’s from Nick Deppe and Ashton Felderman. Camanche’s low was Naxon Bussa’s 96. Lisbon got a 94 from Alex Bock, Cal-Wheat a 96 from Austin Henning and Marquette a 94 from Tristan Pfiffner.
Coach Darin Michels added, “Today was a much better day on the course for the boys. Although the weather was still cold and windy, they managed to avoid penalties and keep the ball in play. We still need to eliminate the one or two holes where the boys throw a double or triple into their score.
“Nate did a great job coming back with his second round 36. If he can continue to gain confidence in his swing, he will see more improvement down the road.”
Golf didn’t go as well two days before at Lake McBride in Solon as they fell 159-181. The Spartans took advantage of the home course to fire four scores 42-and under, led by Frank Haege’s 38. Mac McCarty added 39, Jack McCarty 40 and Stetson McIlravy 42.
For the Blazers it was Nick Offerman at 42, Nate Offerman and Thier 46 and Hinerichsen 47.
According to Michels, “Right now I think most of our issues are from lack of competitive playing experience. We seemed to start out a little rough but came on stronger toward the end. When you add the nerves with the first time playing a course, the scores tend to be higher.”
On the JV side, the Blazers fell 200-210. The leading score came form Beckman’s Luke Harwick with 43. They added a 50 from Noah Boge, 56 from Adam Oberbroeckling and one of two 61’s from Sam Krapfl and Nick Wulfekuhle. Solon’s low was 47, from two players.
They ended the week hosting Benton Community and CPU April 16, winning the triangular by 10 strokes over CPU, 15 over Benton, 167-177-182.
Nate Offerman paced all scorers with 39 and Thier came in a stroke behind at 40. Nick Offerman added 42, Hinerichsen 47.
CPU got a 41 from Brayden Beck, 44 from Ben Opfer and double 46’s from Joseph Metzen and Christian Burkhart. Benton counted double 43’s from Dylan Niebes and A J Parker, 47 from Matthew Parmenter and 49 from Ty Kulbartz.
On the JV side, Beckman’s Luke Harwick paced the team with 37, Noah Boge added 40, Sam Krapfl 44 and Conner McCarraher 47 for a stellar 168, topping their CPU counterparts at 194 and outpacing Benton at 229.
Michels added, “With the great weather Friday I was hoping to see scores as good as they were Wednesday, but they just couldn’t put things together. Nate had another great day, limiting himself to just bogeys while doing some scrambling. Thomas also played well, ending strong after going six over in the first five holes. It was great to see him not give up.”