OSHKOSH — The Garden County boys golf team fended off some unsavory second-round wind to finish with a final score of 397 and win the Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament by two strokes over Creek Valley Thursday at the Garden County Country Club in Oshkosh.
“The conditions were all right,” Garden County coach Doug Leopold said. “We had a little rain in the beginning and then that straightened out. The wind was a factor in the second round. It probably blew 20-30 miles per hour in that second nine.”
The Eagles put three of their four golfers in the top 10 standings in the tournament, all shooting in the low nineties to edge out Creek Valley’s score of 399.
Garden County was led by sophomore Chet Krajewski, who placed third with a 91. Taylor Schwartz and Brandon Lightfritz each carded a 94 to place fifth and sixth, respectively.
Aaron Stegman’s score of 118 may not have been good enough to place in the top 10, but the sophomore’s improvement from the first round to the second round may have been a factor in Garden County’s narrow victory. Stegman, who was the Eagles’ No. 4 golfer on Thursday, holed out with a first-round card of 61. Fighting the wind on the second nine, though, Stegman bettered his first round by four strokes with a 57 to help his team to victory.
Leopold said it’s always good to win the conference title and that his young team was proud of the accomplishment.
“We were very proud to win the MAC Tournament,” he said. “We’re a young team and only have one senior.”
Creek Valley’s Lane Godfrey took home the top individual honor with a winning score of 83. The Storm’s Sam Behrends followed with an 87 to finish in second. Additionally, Creek Valley’s Cory Phillips shot a 101 to place eighth.
Potter-Dix, who was represented by only three golfers, was led by Kyle Gorsuch’s fourth-place finish with a 94.
Leopold said the Eagles, who qualified for state as a team last year, can play well enough throughout the rest of the season to do well in district play, which will be held May 14 at Oregon Trail Golf Course in Sutherland.
“We have a chance,” he said of returning to state. “They take three teams at districts and I think we have a chance.”
Garden County 397, Creek Valley 399, South Platte 471
1, Layne Godfrey, Creek Valley, 83. 2, Sam Behrends, Creek Valley, 87. 3, Chet Krajewski, Garden County, 91. 4, Kyle Gorsuch, Potter-Dix, 94. 5, Taylor Schwartz, Garden County, 94. 6, Brandon Lightfritz, Garden County, 94. 7, Marlon Bongalon, South Platte, 99. 8, Cory Phillips, Creek Valley, 101. 9, Tristin Hinrich, Potter-Dix, 106. 10, Kris Schnabel, South Platte, 111.
Individual Team Scoring
Creek Valley — Sam Behrends, 87; Lane Godfrey, 83; Cory Phillips, 101; Logan Criswell, 128. Garden County — Taylor Schwartz, 94; Brandon Lightfritz, 94; Chet Krajewski, 91; Aaron Stegman, 118. Potter-Dix — Kyle Gorsuch, 94; Tristin Hinrich, 106; Taylor Juelfs, 129. South Platte — Marlon Bongalon, 99; Kris Schnabel, 111; Austin Mullen, 120; Zach Schnabel, 141; Alex Farnsworth, 143; Laine Waterman, 129.