Fillmore Central girls, Jake Fishbaugher take part in state golf meet

Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central girls’ golf team played in its sixth straight state tournament this past Tuesday and Wednesday while Fillmore Central eighth grader Jake Fishbaugher is playing in his first state meet.

The tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker took place after this edition went to press, so results weren’t available prior to the newspaper deadline.

Going into the state meet, the gals were ranked fourth in the state by the Minnesota high school golf coaches.  The rankings are based on scores reported by each of the coaches.  The problem with the rankings is that all the state’s golf coaches don’t submit their scores, so all teams aren’t ranked. Some coaches reported individual scores, but again, not all coaches did that either.

Pairings for the state tournament were set up based on section scores.  For the first round of play on Tuesday, Fillmore Central players were in foursomes with players from Murray County Central, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton.

The other four schools, which were also set up in foursomes, include, BOLD, Park Christian, Lac qui Parle Valley and North Woods.

In the state rankings, Park Christian is No. 1, BOLD No. 2, LQPV No. 3 and Fillmore Central No. 4.  Those are the only team scores submitted.

The gals teed off at noon on Tuesday.  Leading off for the Lady Falcons was eighth grader Courtney Hershberg.  She was followed by freshman Marissa Topness, eighth grader Chloe Morem, junior Taylor Bushman, junior Hailey Lange and senior Madison Scheevel.  Tee-times are set at nine-minute increments.

Individually, Fillmore Central has three players ranked in the top 25; Scheevel is the No. 3 ranked player, Lange is 18th and Bushman is at the No. 21 spot.  Park Christian and LQPV both have six players ranked in the top 25.  BOLD has three players in the top 25, all three ahead of FC’s second and third players.  North Woods also has three players in the top 25, but each is behind a FC player. 

Coach Aaron Mensink shared that the scores used to seed North Woods were only for 27 holes, as nine holes were rained out! 

The boys, also playing at Pebble Creek, started action at 7:30 a.m. Eighth grader Jake Fishbaugher had a tee time of 9 a.m. on Tuesday.  He was matched up with a junior from Pine River-Backus, a junior from Hinckley-Finlayson and Max Schmitz, a sophomore from Southland. 

Coach Brad Holten took Fishbaugher to the state meet last year, just because he wanted to give him a little exposure to the state meet and he “had a hunch” he might be at the state meet “sooner, than later.” 

Look for complete results in next week’s edition of the News Leader.