By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The Rogers golfers’ six-year winning streak in Mississippi 8 meets ended Monday when the Buffalo Bison outshot the Royals by 20 strokes at Monticello Country Club.
Rogers had opened the season April 16 with their 38th straight conference win, at Becker, beating Buffalo by eight strokes.
The Bison got it done Tuesday, though, led by the top three golfers in the meet. Jake Ramsey was medalist (score not available at this posting), followed by Hunter Bruhn with 77 and Gunnar Goodmanson 80.
“The streak is over,” said Rogers coach Dan Bursheim. “It was great to see it continue throughout the years as the lineup changed and the boys grew into young men. (This) should have happened a number of times over the years. The boys played the best they could, but Buffalo had a solid round by a veteran team.”
In the five-team meet, Buffalo shot 315, Rogers 335, St. Michael-Albertville 342, Monticello 345, and Big Lake 364.
Rogers counting scores were Dylan Kline and Luke Bunkers at 81 (tied for fourth), Nick Anderson 85, and Cruz Martinez 88.
The team was not the favorite in the 2014 season, in their coach’s opinion.
Still, the Royals won their 38th straight Mississippi 8 meet Tuesday, April 15, scoring 319 at Becker, with Dylan Kline low shooter for the day with 76. Following were Buffalo 327, St. Michael-Albertville 334, Monticello 354, and Big Lake 357.
“The boys were underdogs to a strong Buffalo team returning its entire roster,” said coach Dan Bursheim, noting that his squad graduated three of their top four from a state-qualifying team.
“It should be a great battle for the west side (championship) with Buffalo and STMA, and also the overall conference title including east side power, Cambridge.”
The conference has expanded this year and split into halves for competition. Kline, a senior, shot 43-33 for his first career win. Another Royal senior, Luke Bunkers, shot 78 and tied Buffalo’s Hunter Bruhn for second at 78.
Sophomore Cruz Martinez enjoyed an eagle-birdie finish and scored 79. Senior Taylor Fischer shot 86, sophomore Sam Suedbeck 93, and junior Jack Johansen 96.
“The guys have been working on their mental approach and pre-shot routine,” said Bursheim, “and are starting to put in the time on the short game around the greens.”
Rogers’ four freshmen showing promise of breaking into the lineup as well, said Bursheim.
Next scheduled was a conference meet Tuesday, April 22, at Wild Marsh in Buffalo.