Eagles send 4 to Class AA state meet

File photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Jana Julia Boquet will be making her state tournament debut at the Class AA state girls’ golf meet in Jordan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

JORDAN — New Ulm High School will be represented by four golfers when the state golf meet begins on Tuesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Three of those students are experienced state golfers named Glavine Schugel, Aiden Guggisberg and Abbey Frauenholtz. The other golfer bringing her game to the state level for the first time in her career is Jana Julia Boquet, a foreign exchange student from Matadapera, Spain.

Schugel, Guggisberg and Frauenholtz are all heading to state for the third time in their careers, with Schugel finishing tied for sixth overall at state last year after a two-day score of 145. Guggisberg tied for 48th last year at state with a two-day score of 159, while Frauenholtz tied for 16th last season at state with a two-day score of 165.

For Boquet, her first and last time competing at state will be special as her mother will be in attendance to watch her daughter close out her high school golf chapter.

Boquet’s best 18-hole score this year actually came at Sand Creek on May 16 in a Jordan tournament where she shot a 78. If she can duplicate that performance with the pressure on, she could find herself in the top 20 or even top 10 at state.

“Jana’s strength is her consistency,” New Ulm girls’ head coach Todd McKeeth said. “She stays out of trouble, which allows her to score well.”

Frauenholtz’s best 18-hole score this year came recently at sections after she shot an 80 at Oakdale Golf Club, good enough to tie her for fourth place individually after two days with a final score of 166, one stroke behind Boquet’s 165.

McKeeth also expects Frauenholtz to turn in another solid performance at state and thinks she could be in the top 20 scorers or higher also.

“Abbey has experience on her side,” McKeeth said. “This is her third trip to state, and she has been steadily playing better the past three weeks. If she is on with her wedges and putter, she will score very well.”

McKeeth also said that he simply asks that his golfers play well and enjoy the experience at state.

“My goal for both players is to play well and enjoy the experience,” he said. “If they focus on playing the golf course and let things fall where they may, they should perform well. They have both played well on this golf course.”

Guggisberg, a sophomore, and Schugel, a junior, have been to state with each other the previous two years, in 2017 with the entire New Ulm boys’ team and in 2018 as individuals.

Schugel was the Section 3AA champion for the third consecutive year after finishing sections at Oakdale with a two-round score of 144, even par. Guggisberg turned in a two-round score of 153 at Oakdale, good for fifth place.

Day 1 of the state golf meet begins Tuesday.