Boys Golf: New Life Academy wins conference championship
The New Life Academy boys golf team were leading by one point over Legacy Christian in the conference standings heading into Wednesday's final match of the season. There were 18 holes played at Eagle Valley as the teams played two nine-hole matches.
In the first nine holes, Legacy took a two-stroke lead to earn first over second-place New Life. That win gave Legacy the lead in the conference standings.
Cole Witherow led the Eagles in the first nine holes with a score of 40, while Jayce Thompson was right behind him with a 41. Saren Hoien and Cooper St. Cyr rounded out the team with scores of 44 and 45 respectively to give the Eagles a team score of 170.
The Eagles had to win the back nine holes to give them a chance for the conference title. In the back nine holes, Jackson George led the team with a 40. Witherow was right behind him with a 41.
Thompson and Tyler Hullett each scored a 44 to give New Life a team score of 169. That score was three strokes better than Legacy as the Eagles claimed the top spot in the final nine holes.
That first-place finish bumped the Eagles up to first place in the conference standings as New Life Academy boys golf earned the conference championship on Wednesday.
New Life will look to take that momentum into the section matches next week.
It was a battle for third place between Park and East Ridge on Monday at Stillwater Country Club.
The two teams competed in another conference match and the Raptors were able to hold a small lead over the Wolfpack for a third-place finish.
East Ridge scored a team score of 312 for third place, while Park finished the day with a score of 318 for fourth place. Stillwater finished on top once again with a team score of 299 with Woodbury ending in second place with a score of 310.
East Ridge was a consistent team with all of its golfers scoring between 73 and 83. Justin Luan led the Raptors with a score of 73.
Aaron Beissler finished the day with a score of 79, while Reece Hoyme and Tyler Wenshau each scored an 80. Caden Pratt finished Monday with an 81 and Alex Venne rounded out the day with an 83 for the Raptors.
Park was also a consistent team ending with high 70's and low 80's between all golfers for the Wolfpack. Dalton Anderson led the team with a score of 76, while Ty Evans was right behind him with a score of 78.
Cooper Hein ended the day with a score of 81 and Bailey Hein was right behind him with an 83. Andy Yang finished Monday with a score of 84 and Nick LeMire rounded out the team with a score of 86.
Park and East Ridge will head to different tournaments later this week before preparing for the conference championship next week. Park will head to Wild Ridge on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m., while East Ridge will head to Chaska and Chaska Town Course at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The Wolfpack will be in Chaska as well with the Raptors at the end of the week.
NLA takes third in Elk River
The New Life Academy boys traveled to Elk River and took third as a team on Monday.
Jackson George and Cole Witherow led the team with scores of 44 and 46. Jayce Thompson and Tyler Hullett rounded out the scores as they each scored a 47.