Griffin sparks Rockford boys to big early lead in league golf play

BY DAVE PEDERSEN

SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS

Rockford’s formula for winning the first two Central Minnesota Conference boys golf events of the late arriving season was to have one of the best golfers in the meets, followed by three other consistently low scorers.

When the season finally got started last Thursday, Rockford came out strong, winning the league meet at Pierz by 14 strokes over second place Osakis.

On Monday, the Rockets won again, this time by 10 strokes over Osakis at Osakis. In both meets, Rockford was led by junior Ty Griffin. He was the medalist at Pierz, shooting 39.

Griffin was followed by Brody Harstad (41), while both Keith Propson and Alex Shaikoski shot rounds of 43 as the top four golfers count in the team scoring. Ben Skinner shot 48 and Dylan Fitzsimmons 50.

“It’s great to get off to fast start this year,” said coach Bruce Koenen about leading by 35 strokes after just two events. “In the past we started out slow and had to make up strokes. It is great to have such consistency.”

At Osakis, Griffin shot 42, Harstad and Propson both shot 43, Shaikoski and Skinner shot 45 and Fitzsimmons ended at 47.

“As for Griffin’s strong start, I think it is just matter of confidence and playing one shot a time and not getting ahead of himself,” adds the coach. “He has really worked on his swing over the summer and his tempo is great.”

The team heads to the Becker Invitational Thursday, May 9, followed by league events at Kimball May 10 and at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa May 13. Rockford has a dual meet set at Mayer Lutheran May 14.

Girls golf

Rockford had its first conference girls golf match at Osakis last week. The team had a strong showing, led by three returning varsity players.

Junior Rachael Clem led with 42, followed by sophomores Haley Woodrich at 50 and Lexi Clark at 51. Eighth-grader Kacey Reed finished at 59.

The Rockets also played in the St. Peter Invitational last week where Clem captured second place overall with an 18-hole score of 87.

The girls also compete at the Becker Invite May 9, and then go to Kimball May 10 and to Pierz May 13.

 

Contact Dave Pedersen at sunpressnews@ecm-inc.com

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