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MCC’s Golf Season Comes To An End

MCC’s golfers represented Section 3A for both boys and girls at the Minnesota State Tournament. The two day tournament took place at Pebble Creek in Becker. A few of the Rebels have become quite familiar with the course throughout their years of state appearances. Tyler Groves, Jack Pierson, Cole Ahlers, and Abby Hamman all returners to the state tournament for MCC. The beautiful, yet challenging course was the ultimate test both physically and mentally for the golfers.

Monday was reserved for practice rounds for the golfers. However, due to heavy rain and thunderstorms MCC’s golfers were unable to get more than a few holes in. Feeling a little unprepared didn’t stop the girls from coming out strong Tuesday morning for the first round. Abby Hamman had an outstanding performance on day one, shooting a 78 for the day. Paige Behrends shot a 101, Amber Boock 102, Vanessa Dahlgren 108, Ciera Tutt 109, and Kylie Frisk 123. After day one the girls were sitting in 6th place with a team score of 389.

Day two proved to be slightly more challenging for the Rebels. Between the heat and fatigue from day one, the girls had a tough second round. Shooting some of their best scores of the season, MCC’s girls finished in 6th place as a team with a two day total of 781. Hamman came in with a 86, Boock 97, Behrends 104, Dahlgren 105, Tutt 114, and Frisk 116. Sophomore, Abby Hamman clenched the 7th place individual medal with a two day total of 164.

MCC’s boys tee’d off in the afternoon this year. Day one posted some tough scores on the boys side. Tyler Groves came in with a 78, Jack Pierson 93, Dawson Tutt 95, and Cole Ahlers 99. The team came in with a total of 365 for day one, placing them in 7th place. Day two proved to be just as tough for any boys competing. The heat was in full force as the Rebels took to the course. Groves finished his second round off with an 80, Pierson 87, Ahlers 90, and Tutt 104. Tyler Groves finished in 12th place overall, just shy of a medal. MCC’s boys finished in 7th place as a team with a two day total of 726. 

Girls Team Results:

1. Lac Qui Parle Valley-714

2. Fillmore Central-715

3. Park Christian-723

4. BOLD-726

5. Springfield-764

6. Murray County Central-781

7. Bader/GB-MR-811

8. Braham-906

Girls Individual Results:

1. Rachel Halvorson-155

2. Sophie Gray-156

3. Grace Miller-157

3. Emily Doeden-157

5. Heidi Schultz-159

6. Madison Scheevel-162

7. Abby Hamman-164

8. Sydney Hufnagle-165

Boys Team Results:

1. Sleepy Eye United-641

1. Mounds Park Academy-641

3. North Woods-658

4. Ottertail Central-682

5. Lac Qui Parle Valley-704

6. Fertile-Beltrami-710

7. Murray County Central-726

8. Kingsland-764

Boys Individual Results:

1. Ben Laffen-144

2. Khrystjan Petersen-145

3. Brett Reid-148

4. Tate Olson-150

4. Brady Raph-150

6. Matt Berning-151

7. Tyler Lund-153

7. Kurt Lambert-153

2018 Season Wrap-up

This years golf season may have been shortened by winter weather, but the MCC golfers didn’t let the weather hinder their plans. The girls team started the season off with a big win at their first 18-hole tournament. With some confidence and momentum on their side, the girls team continued to win throughout the season. From beginning to end, all of the players made great improvements on their game and averages. MCC’s girls took the Red Rock Conference title, Section 3A title, and earned 6th place at the State Tournament.

The boys team started the season off with a 3rd place finish at their first two 18-hole tournaments. Those close meets were enough to light a fire in the team. At the next 18-hole the Rebels snuck in and took 1st place easily from their competitors. This was a huge win for the boys team going into the post-season. MCC’s boys took the Red Rock Conference title, Section 3A title, and earned 7th place at the State Tournament.

Coach DeLong stated, “Having both MCC teams represent our school and community at the state tournament was the highlight of our season. To have such success at the state tournament is also something to be proud of.” MCC’s Abby Hamman took 7th place out of 88 golfers, and Tyler Groves 12th place. The girls’ 6th place finish a boys’ 7th place finish was equally exceptional. With a lot of young players on both teams, MCC hopes to have more successful seasons to come.

At the end of the season banquet, Low Average honors went to Tyler Groves and Abby Hamman. These players held the lowest scores throughout the season. Most Improved player went to Dawson Tutt, Vanessa Dahlgren, and Kylie Frisk. The entire MCC golf team made huge improvements throughout the season not only on their averages, but in their mental game as well. Coach DeLong thanked Tyler Groves for all of his years of dedication stating, “We will miss the leadership from Tyler. He has displayed integrity, love of the game, and set expectations for his teammates.”

The 2018 season was one of success and growth for the MCC golf program. Just like any program, the golf team is excited to have some new faces join next year. The players and coaches hope to continue having a strong program, and find success going into the 2019 season.