LMC girls third, boys fourth at section golf tourney

Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton Girls Golf 2019 14 straight Southeast Conference Championships 2nd straight Southeast Conference Tournament Championship. Above, from left, are four-year All-SEC Payton Benson, All-SEC Ari Huntington and All-SEC Chloe Schnebly. Below are Honorable Mention All-SEC Kim Rein and Sarah Eversole.
S. Lee Epps
The Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton golf girls finished third and the boys fourth at the Section 1A Golf Tournament on May 28 and 30 at Rochester. 
The championship team qualifies for the state tournament along with the best five individuals not on the title team.
Individually, eighth grader Hayden Lawstuen ranked eighth out of 57 boys. The two-time all-conference golfer was seventh in the race for the five individual berths, four strokes behind the fifth boy.
Junior Payton Benson finished 16th among 28 girls. The four-time all-conference standout was in seventh place overall after the first 18 holes, but two tough holes on Day Two kept her from making a serious challenge for state.
Oddly enough, her score was best under the worst conditions. On day one at Willow Creek Golf Course, there was standing and sometimes flowing water – even on the fairway, according to LMC golfer Cale Anderson.
The course was still soggy but greatly improved along with warmer air temperatures on the second day.
The LMC boys were one of four teams whose day one total qualified them to return on day two, still in competition for the team title – four strokes ahead of fifth-place Caledonia. 
The LMC boys joined eventual champion Bethlehem Academy, Blooming Prairie and Kingsland while five others were eliminated from the team race: Caledonia, LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow, Fillmore Central, Southland and Hayfield.
Lawstuen had an 18-hole score of 87 on Tuesday and improved to 80 on Thursday to finish at 167. Medalist was Max Schmidt of Southland with an excellent 150, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jake Fishbaugher of Fillmore Central.
Bethlehem Academy (687) won the team title by 26 strokes ahead of Blooming Prairie (713). Kingsland was third (750) and LMC fourth (750).
Anderson, an all-conference sophomore, was next for LMC in 19th place at 188 (96+92), followed by All-SEC freshman Clay Schwichtenberg at 193 (99+94).
Seventh grader Kaden Stettler came in at 212 (105+107). Honorable Mention All-SEC freshman Reece Benson had a 228 (117+111) to complete the team score. 
Eighth grader Logan Torgerson improved by 19 strokes on day two to finish at 239 (129+110).
There were only four complete girls teams. Eventual champion Fillmore Central (374) and Caledonia (380) were the only two complete teams coming back on Thursday. The Falcons would prevail by 11 strokes (753 to 764) for the team title.
LMC (485) had finished third on day one ahead of Houston (485).
Fillmore Central's Madison Scheevel was section medalist at 163.
Caledonia secured four of the five individual team spots to play at state. Benson was the only LMC individual girl to come back for day two. She finished with a 36-hole score of 229 (108+121). 
Her other four LMC teammates were all eighth graders. On day one, all-conference Chloe Schnebly had a 124, followed closely by Honorable Mention All-SEC Kim Rein at 125. All-conference Ari Huntington came in at 128 and Sarah Eversole at 143.