Boys Golf: Wingers' varsity, JV strong at home
Thursday’s Early Bird Invitational proved to be a fine round of golf for the Red Wing boys’ golf team present and future.
In the seven-team invitational at Red Wing Golf Club, the Wingers’ varsity and junior varsity finished 2-3 in the standings. But it was the junior varsity that edged the older varsity players as the JV scored 330, compared to the varsity’s 331.
With the success of the two teams, it was all positive for Red Wing head coach Lee Kinney as the strong play of both the varsity and JV can only serve to make the team better.
“I couldn’t be prouder of both squads,” Kinney said. “Overall, it was very impressive to see our junior varsity come in second overall out of 11 total squads, and our varsity came in third, one shot behind. It’s very impressive to see any younger group play that well. It bodes well for the future of Red Wing golf.”
Lakeville South, led by Noah Rasinski’s medalist round of 76, took first place with a team score of 316. Cretin-Derham Hall finished third among varsity teams with 334.
“There was a couple good teams that we beat, but we can always do better,” said Wingers senior Zach Sachen, who led the varsity with a round of 80. “Focusing on getting better over the next couple weeks will be our goal.”
The rain and cold kept Red Wing off the course all week as the team was able to play just five holes during practice prior to Thursday’s meet. While the temperature stayed in the 40s, the course stayed relatively dry and the wind stayed down, providing better-than-expected conditions.
“Red Wing Golf Club actually drains very well,” Kinney said. “One nice thing about this is if you can play in conditions like this, you can most definitely play when it’s 75, sunny and no wind. It’s good to see our guys play this well under soupy, muddy-kind of conditions.”
Sachen was able to keep an even keel on the course, shooting a 41 on the front nine and a 39 after the turn. John Wedrickas (82), Andrew Petterson (83) and Fritz Belisle (86) completed the Wingers’ varsity score.
“The front nine, I didn’t play terrible, I just had a couple bad shots here and there,” Sachen said. “On the back nine, I made only one or two mistakes. I could have played better, but I’m somewhat happy with it.”
Kinney added, “Zach has been our most consistent player throughout the course of the year.”
On Red Wing’s JV, the top round belonged to Cecil Belisle, who carded an 80. Joe Renshaw (83), Cole Siewert (83) and Mac DeSutter (84) contributed to the JV’s second-place score.
“Cecil and Mac DeSutter, in the four matches they’ve played in, three have been very good rounds,” Kinney said. “Don’t be surprised if you see them on varsity as seventh-graders.”
With three meets and a month left in the season, the Wingers have seen enough of the varsity and the JV to make moves across the lineup and put together the team’s optimal lineup.
“We’ve had very little practice, so it’s hard for the coaches to actually discern who is going to be your squad going forward,” Kinney said. “This gives us another competitive round and gives us a better idea of whose going to be playing varsity and JV.”
Red Wing’s next scheduled meet is on May 8 at the Northfield Golf Club.