LMC girls grab another golf title; three boys, three girls All-SEC

By: 
S. Lee Epps

The Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton girls wrapped a 14th consecutive conference regular season golf championship last week along with a second straight conference tournament title.

At Cedar River Golf Course in Adams, the boys also won the SEC Tournament (by 17 strokes) but lost their grip on the regular season lead on the same golf course on the same day, May 23.

One day later on their home course, - in the final regular season dual - the boys lost the regular season showdown and the conference championship by five strokes to Kingsland.

The Southeast Conference championship is decided by home and away dual matches. The SEC Tournament has no bearing on the conference championship but does determine which individuals earn all-conference credentials. Three LMC girls and three LMC boys are all-conference in 2019.

Boys tourney champs

Boys 200, LOGM 186

To make up a weather-postponed conference dual with LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow (LOGM), the teams used the first nine holes of the conference tournament not only as part of the tourney but also as the make-up dual.

Oddly enough, LMC outscored second place LOGM by 17 strokes in the 18-hole tournament but lost the dual by 14 strokes (186-200).

All-SEC for a fifth season, LOGM senior Grant Vikre was both tournament champion with an 18-hole 85 and the medalist in the dual with a 39.

LMC eighth grader Hayden Lawstuen earned all-conference acclaim for a second season with a second-place tournament score of 88. He had third-best dual score (46) behind Vikre (39) and LOGM freshman Taylor Glynn (45).

The top seven boys in the SEC Tournament are all-conference. Joining Lawstuen were sophomore Cale Anderson (fifth place, 96) and freshman Clay Schwichtenberg (sixth, 97). It is second All-SEC season for Schwichtenberg after receiving honorable mention as a seventh grader in 2017.

Rounding out the tourney team score with a 108 was freshman Reece Benson, who receives honorable mention all-conference.

Also on the course were eighth grader Logan Torgerson and seventh grader Kaden Stettler.

Boys 202, KHS 197

The front-nine-hole frustration versus LOGM the previous day proved costly as the LMC boys dropped a second dual in two days. With the Knights having lost to LMC in their first dual by two strokes and finishing 24 strokes behind the Burros at the Thursday tournament, the KHS boys came to Lanesboro on Friday and earned a season split and the conference championship by five strokes, 197 to 202. It is the first season of conference membership for the Knights.

With this second SEC setback, LMC thus finished with a 6-2 conference record while Kingsland won the title at 7-1.

Lawstuen was medalist with a nine-hole 43. Nick Wernimont (46) and Wyatt Pruter (47) were next with Schwichtenberg coming in at 50.

Anderson shot 54, Stettler 55 and Torgerson 56.

Girls tourney champ

Junior Payton Benson, shooting an 18-hole 98, closed a fourth straight All-SEC season as the conference tournament individual champion.

The top five girls at the tournament are all-conference. Joining Benson were LMC eighth graders Ari Huntington (123) and Chloe Schnebly (127). Classmate Kim Rein completed the team score and received honorable mention all-conference.

The girls’ tournament team scores and other individual results were not available when the News Leader went to press.

Girls 225, KHS inc.

With only two golfers, Kingsland was incomplete, and the LMC girls finished the conference race with a 6-0 dual record.

Benson was medalist with a nine-hole 48. Sarah Eversole was next at 58 with Huntington and Kingsland's Madeline Moore both at 59. Kim Rein rounded out the LMC team score with a 60.

This week

A trip to the state tournament is on the line this week at the two-day Section 1A Tournament in Rochester on May 28 and 30.