Boys Golf: East Ridge, Park, New Life finish in top places this week
New Life Academy went to Ramsey for a match at The Links of Northfork Golf Course on Friday and the Eagles came out with a second-place finish and a score of 175.
Soren Hoien led the team with a score of 43. It stayed consistent as Cooper St. Cyr, Jackson George and Cole Witherow each shot a 44 to give the Eagles an opportunity to place high on Friday.
Boys' golf teams faced every aspect of weather on Fridayas Park and East Ridge played a conference match.
East Ridge was looking for another win after a first-place finish on Monday. The Raptors produced strong scores in Thursday's conditions, but finished in third place with a score of 319.
Park had every golfer shoot in the low to mid-80s, which resulted in a fifth-place finish for the Wolfpack and a score of 329.
"I'm really happy with where we're at," said Park head coach Chad Salay. "I think the biggest thing is consistency. I think this group has been the most consistent team throughout my eight years here."
Salay has a wide range of ages on the Wolfpack team with three seniors, two sophomores and one freshman in the starting lineup for Friday.
Even though key golfers will be departing after this season, Salay believes traditions will continue to grow with the underclassmen taking over leadership roles.
Ty Evans will be graduating this upcoming spring, but that's not on his mind right now.
"These conference matches have been great to see where teams are currently in the season," Evans said. "I'm hoping to everyone continues to stay consistent at the end of the season and hopefully we can make a push at sections."
Evans was the top finisher for the Wolfpack on Friday with a score of 80, while Andy Yang and Cooper Hein came in right behind him with scores of 81.
Dalton Anderson and Bailey Hein both finished with scores of 87, while Nick Lemire rounded out the team with an 89.
East Ridge has been near the top of the conference throughout the season and it's due to a handful of seniors as well as a strong underclassmen.
The Raptors had three seniors on the scorecard for Friday's match along with one freshman and two eighth graders. The seniors are continuing to provide support and advice to the younger players and the whole team is excited about these next couple of weeks.
"I think it was a confidence boost earning that first-place spot on Monday," said senior Caden Pratt. "We're hoping that win can help us with confidence and momentum throughout the rest of the regular season heading into sections."
The three seniors understand this is their last season and all of them want to finish on a high note.
"We just want to reach our highest level of play when sections starts," said senior Aaron Beissler. "I feel like we've been doing well all season and now we need to stay consistent for the next few weeks as we get ready for the end of the season."
Pratt had the lowest score for the Raptors on Friday as he shot a 76, while Justin Luan had a 78. Beissler and Alex Venne were right behind those two with scores of 82 and 83, respectively.
Reece Hoyme and Gus Briguet III rounded out the team with scores of 84 and 90, respectively.
NLA takes first, second in nine-hole tournaments
The New Life Academy boys' golf team went to Riverwood National Golf Course to play 18 holes, but each nine counted as a separate conference meet.
The front nine saw the Eagles stay in the second-place spot as the golfers battled high winds and chilly temperatures to score a 183, three strokes behind first and one stroke ahead of third.
Cole Witherow had a strong front nine with a score of 41.
On the back nine, the Eagles turned it on, allowing them to earn first place with a score of 166.
Soren Hoien finished the back nine with a score of 39, which earned him medalist honors. Jackson George finished right behind him with a score of 41. Tyler Hullett and Witherow each finished with scores of 43.
East Ridge and Park traveled to Forest Hills Golf Club in Forest Lake on Monday and the Raptors finished the day on top with a score of 301. Park came in fourth with a score of 320.
East Ridge was consistent from the No. 1 golfer to the No. 6 golfer, which is needed to produce a score like 301. The Raptors didn't have a score above 85 and three golfers scored in the 70s.
Justin Luan was the top golfer for East Ridge finishing the day with a score of 72, while Caden Pratt came in right behind him with a score of 74.
Reece Hoyme finished the day with a 75 and Aaron Beissler completed his Monday with a score of 80. Gus Briguet III and Tyler Wenshau rounded out the team with scores of 83 and 85, respectively.
Park had similar results with Dalton Anderson finishing as the top scorer for the Wolfpack with a 75. Andy Yang and Ty Evans were right behind him with scores of 80 and 81, respectively.
Bailey Hein finished his day with a score of 84, while Hayden Bauer and Cooper Hein each scored an 87 to round out the team.
New Life takes second
New Life Academy traveled to Loggers Trail in Stillwater and finished two strokes behind first place to grab the second-place spot with a score of 178.
Jackson George finished with a nine-hole score of 43, while Tyler Hullett was right behind him with a 44. Thijs Sultan and Soren Hoien rounded out the team with scores of 45 and 46, respectively.