Laffen, Schugel lead All-Journal boys

Ben Laffen, Sr.,

Sleepy Eye United

Laffen won the Class A state individual title with a two-day score of 144 and he led his team to the state title also.

His average was 37 for 9 holes and he was All-Conference for the fifth year and he led the team to the state tourney for the third year in a row.

The future Minnesota State University, Mankato golfer finished in the Top 5 in the state the past three years.

“Ben has been a solid player for years,” his coach Crystal Ibberson said. “He has spent countless hours perfecting his game. He is extremely dedicated and very respectful young man. He has been consistent leading his team and placing at the state competition. Ben is confident and keeps his composure which allows him to be even more successful.”

Glavine Schugel, So., New Ulm

Schugel finished tied for sixth at the state tournament with a two-day score of 145. He had low rounds of 67 and 70 at Oakdale Golf Club and he finished third at the Big South Conference tournament. With two years left of eligibility, he’s looking to help the Eagles get back to the state tournament.

Mason Kretsch, So., Springfield

Kretsch finished tied for 10th at the state tournament with a 157. Kretsch averaged a 79.7 this year and he shot a 34 on the front nine at state. He was All-Conference for the third year in a row. Just a sophomore, Kretsch is hoping to lead his team to the state tournament next year.

Aiden Guggisberg, Fr., New Ulm

The sophomore-to-be has a bright future for the Eagles. His low round was a 73 and he averaged an 81.2 for the season. Guggisberg qualified for the state tournament and finished 48th with a 159.

Andrew Neid, Jr.,

Sleepy Eye United

Neid finished 27th overall at the state tournament with a 166 and helped Sleepy Eye United win a state title. He averaged an 80 on the season and will be back next year to help lead the team.

Logan Netzke, Fr.,

Sleepy Eye United

Netzke averaged an 80 for the season and he finished the state tournament with a 164, 26th overall for the state champions.

Ethan Kirchberg, Jr.,

New Ulm Cathedral

Kirchberg qualified for the state tournament and finished 41st with a 173. He had a season average of 41 and he earned medalist honors in four the regular season meets this year and he finished third at the Tomahawk Conference meet this year, earning All-Conference honors.

Mavrick Winkelmann, Fr., Springfield

Winkelmann just missed the state tournament this year by one stroke and he averaged a 79.8 on the season. His low score was a 75 for the season and he was All-Conference for the second year in a row, finishing second behind Ben Laffen. He was also All-State.

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