Golf: Royal boys 5th at Hastings Invitational

By Bruce Strand 

Elk River Star News


The Rogers golfers tied for fifth place among 21 teams at the Hastings Invitational on Monday. Forest Lake won with 313, followed by Mounds View and East Ridge with 314, Stillwater 315, and Rogers and Hastings with 319.

Rocky Nelson and Dylan Kline each shot 76 for Rogers. Nelson was one-under through six holes. Kline finished strong with par or better on his last 11 holes. The other counting scores were Kyle Korva with 83 and Luke Bunkers 84. The Royals’ No. 1, Morgan Rask, was absent to compete in a US Open qualifier.

Rogers sent its JV team to the Monticello Invitational. They shot 352, with Abe Schwieters at 85, Aaron Trochlil 87, Aaron Holstein 89 and Nick Vue 91.

The Rogers golfers placed second among 13 teams at the Forest Lake Invitational on Saturday.

Wayzata scored 299, Rogers 313, Providence Academy 314, Forest Lake 321, Andover 323, Elk River 325, Maple Grove 328, Totino-Grace 328, Prior Lake 340, Duluth East 350, Centennial 351,  North Branch 363, and Irondale 380.

In earlier action, Morgan Rask shot a career-best 69, leading the Rogers Royals to first place in the Lions Invitational at Fox Hollow on Friday.

Rogers shot 303 in wind, sleet and low-30s temperature, 14 strokes ahead of Providence Academy, ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

Rask, a senior, shot 3-under-par, including a birdie on No. 4 and an eagle on No. 5, and placed first by four strokes. He picked up his third career medal, and second in two nights, after tying for first in a conference meet at Fox Hollow on Thursday.

Josh Jacobson of Minneapolis Southwest shot 73, Paul Stankey of Providence Academy 75, Dylan Kline of Rogers 76, Ben Goodwin of Providence Academy 77, and Rocky Nelson of Rogers 78.

Other Rogers scores were 80s by Kyle Korva and Luke Bunkers, and 93 by Abe Schweiters.

Korva also eagled No. 5 with a 60-yard shot that rattled the stick and dropped in.

Rogers will compete in two tournaments on Tuesday, the Coon Rapids Invitational  beginning 9 a.m. and a conference meet at Monticello.