By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
St. Michael-Albertville senior’s Zac and Matt Borgen, Ryan Swenson, Jedd Helgestad made their last conference match a memorable one.
Throw in eighth-grader Carson Wooters and junior Brett Marshall and you have a Knights team that finished second to only 7-time defending champion Rogers and with it goes STMA’s highest ever finish in Mississippi 8 conference play.
“Oh yeah, I think we would have been real happy finishing second had you told us at the beginning of the year,” said Zac Borgen, whose par-76 on May 21 at Riverwood National earned him and the team the only medalist honor this season. Borgen split the honor with Cambridge-Isanti’s Nate Cox. “My putter was going for me that day. I was making the 10-foot putts.”
“Swenson and Zac Borgen have had a good year,” said STMA head coach Mike Fore. “Ryan has been averaging the upper 70’s and Zac has been right around 80 with a couple 70’s. Those have been our two most consistent players this year.”
The Knights finished two strokes behind Rogers’ 318 at Riverwood National.
STMA RIVERWOOD NATIONAL SCORECARD – Matt Borgen 38-38—76, Swenson 39-41—80, Marshall 43-37—80, Helgestad 44-40—84, Wooters 43-44—87, Matt Borgen 49-41—90.
Squeezed in between the two conference meets was a trip May 22 to Albion Ridges Golf Course in Annandale.
The Knights had three players finish in the top 10. STMA again was led by Zac Borgen’s par-77. Swenson shot a 79 and Matt Borgen rebounded with an 81. Borgen’s 77 tied him with two Division-I golf recruits.
The final meet of the season came May 23 at Wild Marsh in Buffalo. The Knights held a slim one-stroke advantage over both Cambridge-Isanti and Buffalo to see who would finish second to Rogers.
Rogers cemented its place at the top of the standings with a convincing team score of 299. STMA edged Buffalo 326-328 to finish second at both the meet and the conference standings.
“Beating Rogers we knew would be a lofty goal,” said Zac Borgen, who joined Swenson and eight others on the all-conference team. “It’s been a satisfying year. I think we all got tired playing so many meets in a short period of time. You start to lose your swing a bit and walking an 18-hole course in the bad weather we’ve had can really drain you.”
STMA WILD MARSH SCORECARD – Marshall 40-40—80, Zac Borgen 39-42—81, Swenson 41-41—82, Matt Borgen 40-43—83, Helgestad 40-44—84, Wooters 42-44—86.
The Knights were at the Section 7AAA tournament on Memorial Day at Hinckley and finished sixth with a team score of 315. Swenson and the Borgen twins all advanced to Thursday’s individual tournament. Swenson shot a 75 and both Borgen’s carded a 79. Helgestad finished with an 82.