Rockford and Delano compete at Section 5AA meet
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Ever since Jordan Peters stepped on to the golf course representing the Delano boys varsity, he has been a constant force.
This season the senior defended his Wright County Conference title and qualified for his third straight State Class AA tournament after earning a tie for the Section 5AA title Monday at Pebble Creek in Becker.
Peters, who shot rounds of 73-72 at sections, will seek to improve on last year’s fourth place finish at state, set for June 11-12 at Sand Creek in Jordan.
Josh Polingo of Litchfield shot 75 in the first round at sections and rallied to tie Peters with a 69 Monday. Litchfield won the boys team title with Delano fourth. Following Peters with a combined score of 144, junior Seth MacLeod shot 159, senior Matt Peterson 162, sophomore Ben Nesenson 165, ninth-grader Austin vanSytzama 168 and junior Michael Bartos 171.
The Tiger girls did not qualify as a team for the second day of sections, but sophomore Brittany Harju shot 97 to advance. She was trailed by Jessie Gallagher and Jenna Vanderboek at 103, Amy Max at 105 and Kelsie Nelson at 109.
After running away with the Central Minnesota Conference boys title, Rockford did not play as well as hoped at sections, placing ninth. The normal No. 1 Rocket finisher, Brody Harstad, had a rare bad round to place seventh on the team the first day.
Ty Griffin was the only Rocket to advance to the second day. He shot 83 and 82 for a 165 total, placing the junior at about 26th overall.
Next came Shaikoski, Ben Skinner, Keith Propson and Colton Strecker. Coach Bruce Koenen said he knew Brody was disappointed with his score because he made it to the second day of sections last year.
“Ty did make it to the second day and had a great experience,” adds Koenen. “Both Ty and Brody know what they need to shoot in order to move on to state. Next year I have high hopes of winning the conference again. We will have Ty, Brody, Skinner and Stecker back. We will have to fill spots left by Alex and Keith, which will be hard to do, but I am already looking forward to next spring.”
The Rocket girls ran into trouble even before taking the course when Rachel Clem could not compete due to illness. She had been the team’s No. 1 golfer. Rockford fielded a team that included three eighth-graders two sophomores. All return next year along with Clem, a junior.
Top scorers at section were Haley Woodrich, Nicole Lofstedt, Kacey Reed, Lexie Clark and Abby Scribner.