NEW ULM - The New Ulm boys golf team is making a serious run at qualifying for the state golf meet as a team, something that the Eagles have never done.
On Monday, the Eagles won the South Central Conference team title with a score of 315, winning the overall SCC points total also.
Kelton Schmitz led the way for the Eagles with a 74 and he was the individual medalist on the day.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Matt Saffert watches his tee shot on the first hole at Shoreland Golf Course in St. Peter.
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While Schmitz was the medalist on Monday, he finished third in the overall SCC points total behind Fairmont's Josh Baldus and Waseca's Josh Kummerfield.
"I missed a lot of greens, but I putted well," Schmitz said.
The Eagles have been dominating most of the meets that they've been at this year. Monday was no different.
"We're doing pretty good this year,"?Schmitz said. "We have a strong team and a lot of depth."
Baldus led the way with 94 total points in the SCC meets this year. He was followed by Kummerfield (90), Schmitz (86), New Ulm's Matt Saffert (85), St. Peter's Cole Miller (83), New Ulm's Jonah Cooper (81), New Ulm's Josh Cooper (71), Fairmont's Joe Nordquist (70), Fairmont's Carter Welchlin (70) and New Ulm's Tanner Zupfer (64). All of them were named to the All-SCC team.
New Ulm's Ethan Kraus finished 17th in the conference standings with 53 points and teammate Colin Huffman was 33rd with 18 points.
New Ulm won with a score of 315 on Monday, followed by Fairmont (329), St. Peter (338), Waseca (364), Blue Earth Area (365) and St. James (391).
After Schmitz, Matt Saffert shot a 78 for the Eagles to finish third on the day. Jonah Cooper was fifth on the day with a score of 80 and Josh Cooper and Zupfer each shot an 83. Kraus shot an 86.
Winning the SCC is a big event for the Eagles, but they do have bigger goals for the year.
"They wanted to finish off the conference play with a strong showing and a consistent team showing, and they did," New Ulm coach Dan Janke said. "They played great as a group and had a tightly bunched up group of scores again. But the next goal they have is to move on through subsection play on Tuesday and get to the section meet and make it as a team to state."
On the girls side, New Ulm's Corinne McKeeth had another solid day for the Eagles, finishing with a score of 89 to finish tied for second with Fairmont's Lizzie Larson on the day. Fairmont's Megan Rosol was the medalist with an 85 and she won the overall SCC points total with a 93. Larson was second with a 91 and McKeeth was third with an 89.
McKeeth toughed out the rain and long spots on the fairway to lead the Eagles on the day.
"It was alright I guess," the sophomore said of her day.?"The rain kind of made it a little bit more difficult."
McKeeth too has big goals set for this year. Last year, she missed the state meet by a single stroke, and she'd like nothing more than to make up for that this year and get to the state tournament. For now, she'll focus on the task at hand, which is competing at the subsection meet in LeSueur next Tuesday.
"I definitely need to work on my short game for that course, that's a nice golf course and the greens are very fast," she said.
After McKeeth in the SCC points race, it was BEA's Autumn Drake (87) and teammate Natali Fellows (83), Waseca's Melissa Bartz (83), St. Peter's Karly Maier (80) and Anna Amos (77), Waseca's Sydney O'Brien (75) and St. Peter's Zoey Bartlett.
Fairmont won Monday's event with a score of 373, followed by BEA (400), Waseca (403), St. Peter (408), St. James (445) and New Ulm (449).
McKeeth led New Ulm with an 89, followed by Julia Schaefer (109), Tasha Holm?(113), Emily Bertrang (138), Emily Hartmann (145) and Mirium Jakel (148).