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Boys Golf: East Ridge, Park have strong outing in first match of the season

On Tuesday, the East Ridge and Park boys golf teams competed in its first match of the season. The two teams traveled to River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove and both teams finished in the top half of the standings.

The Raptors finished three strokes behind the top finisher, Stillwater, and earned second place overall. The Wolfpack ended the day in third place with a total of 328, which was five strokes behind East Ridge for second place.

"It was a good day for the East Ridge golfers," said East Ridge head coach Bret Brookins. "The golf course was in good condition. I think this was a confidence boost to start the season against some strong teams in our conference."

East Ridge had consistency from every player on Tuesday, which helped the Raptors earn that second place spot. Caden Pratt finished with the lowest score at 79, while Aaron Beissler finished with an 80.

Reece Hoyme and Gus Briguet each ended with an 82 and Justin Luan finished with a score of 84. Tyler Wenshau completed his round with an 86.

Brookins said he's looking for consistency in the team as a whole as well as consistency throughout the season. That goal was achieved in the first match and will be looked to continue during the April and May season.

The Wolfpack also had a strong day as Ty Evans led the team with a score of 79. Andy Yang and Nick LeMire each shot an 82, while Cooper Hein finished the day with a score of 85.

Hayden Bauer and Bailey Hein rounded out the team as each scored an 89 to complete the day.

Similar to East Ridge, Park's head coach Chad Salay said he wants the Park team to be consistent in score. The next steps for both teams is to continue lowering those scores throughout the season.

The next match for East Ridge and Park will be up in the air depending on the snow that comes to the cities this upcoming weekend. The next match scheduled is on Monday, April 15 at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The season could potentially be placed on hold as golf courses dry from the snow storm, but that doesn't mean the work is done. The Wolfpack and Raptors plan on working in the dome and in the weight room to continue building their skills both physically and mentally.

"The spring golf season is tough because the weather changes all the time," Brookins said. "We will be working though, whether it's inside or outside. The season is always continuing for us."

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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