K-M girls golf takes Triton Invite title
With the ability to get a meet out of the way, the Kasson- Mantorville girls golf team had the chance to work out some kinks heading into the Triton Invite on April 30. With the jitters of being cooped up inside beginning to dissolve, the KoMets battled through windy conditions to pick up their first team title of the season at the Dodge Country Club.
The KoMets were led by Liz Fagerlind, who shot a 91 on the afternoon that tied for second, but dropped to third on a tiebreaker. K-M also picked up solid performances by Ashley Johnson (100, 8th), Emma Brookman (109) and Molly Sorenson (112) to round out their team score of 412. “The strength of our girls team is our depth,” K-M golf coach Jeff Bernards said of the victory. “Girls number 3-7 are all interchangeable. Their stroke averages are very close to each other, but at the same time we need those scores to drop down to get to where we want to be.”
The boys didn’t have the same fate as the girls as they saw scores much lower despite the rugged conditions. Tyler Upham and Cole Kundert were both impressive for K-M as they tied for ninth with a round of 92. Kaden Enright (93, 12th) and Jack Sorensen (96) also put together solid rounds in the boys first tournament of
the season. “The boys just need to get some work in,” Bernards observed. “With a short spring and busy meet schedule, they haven’t had much chance to play. They just need to hit lots of golf balls and chip and putt. Golf is like any other sport, activity or life, you get out of it
what you put into it.” The girls momentum from their performance at the Dodge Country Club continued on May 2 as they headed to Lake City for the first HVLmeet of the season. K-M would put forth another strong effort with a team score of 383 which was good for third behind Lake City (335) and Byron (372). K-M was led once again by Fagerlind who shot an 84 (4th) to continue her hot start to the season. “Elizabeth has worked very hard to improve her game,” Bernards said. “She has spent lots of time on the weekends chipping and putting, which is where the scoring is really done. She is gaining confidence in being a top flight player.”
Ashley Johnson would finish ninth for the KoMets with a 91 as Taya Lindquist (101) and Annabel Smith (107) rounded out the scoring for K-M. As the girls are starting to find their groove, the boys are still working out the kinks as they headed into their HVL match at Pine Island on May 3. It was a tough day for the KoMets as their team score of 369 was eighth out of the nine qualifying teams.
A bright spot for K-M was the play of Tyler Upham, who shot an 84 and tied for 21st in the field. He was followed up by TJ Rodenz (93), Jack Sorensen (95) and Landen Hadrath (97) as the KoMets finished well behind meet winner Lake City and their score of 291.
“There were some good things and some bad things that won’t compete well in the HVL,” Bernards observed. “Tyler and TJ had some of their better scores ever, but we had a lot of scores that were near 100.”
The boys will have more time to work some things out of their system as the girls have two meets this week to keep the momentum rolling. After traveling to Byron for an invite on Monday afternoon, the girls returned to Dodge Country Club for the second HVL meet of the season. Both teams will be in action for a meet in Cannon Falls on May 14.