Guggisberg, Schugel tied for 16th after Day 1

JORDAN — With rain beginning to fall at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on Day 1 of the 2019 State Golf Meet, New Ulm’s Aiden Guggisberg and Glavine Schugel had tough conditions right out of the gate.

With Guggisberg and Schugel originally having scheduled tee times of 8:51 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively, they were among the final two individual boys’ groups to tee off for the day at Ridges at Sand Creek. Rainy conditions certainly could have been considered a factor in how both golfers finished as both ended up tied for 16th overall after Day 1, shooting five strokes over par for a 77.

Guggisberg wasn’t too upset with the score considering the conditions, but he said that he’ll need to clean up his short game on Day 2 of the meet and limit his bogeys.

“I’m not that mad, just the weather sucked,” Guggisberg said. “Rainy all day and it just wasn’t fun. … I think I’d definitely like to pick up with the short game a little bit, I was chipping pretty good. Putting, that’s always up and down. There’s always room for improvement and tomorrow, just come out a little earlier and practice.”

Schugel said that although he’s been playing long enough with less-than-ideal conditions, it’s never easy to really get used to them.

“We play in the rain, but we don’t play in the rain a lot,” Schugel said. “It’s never easy to get used to it. Everything gets wet, so it’s pretty annoying.”

Outside of the tough conditions, Schugel said that despite hitting his driver well, his confidence was hurting, something he’ll surely look to gain back Wednesday to finish out the meet.

“I hit my driver pretty good, but all of my approach shots, I have no confidence right now,” he said. “I don’t really know where the ball’s going exactly, so it makes it pretty tough.”

As of Tuesday night, there is no rain in the forecast for Wednesday in Jordan, with a temperature around 55 degrees at 7 a.m. and a high of 68 degrees in the afternoon. Guggisberg tees off at 7:57 a.m., while Schugel tees off at 8:06 a.m.

Also competing for New Ulm on Tuesday were two members of the girls’ team in seniors Jana Julia Boquet and Abbey Frauenholtz. Frauenholtz finished the first day of the meet by carding a 95, 22 strokes over par, to tie for 52nd overall, while Boquet, the Spaniard foreign exchange student, finished 16 over par for an 88 and a tie for 31st overall.

Frauenholtz shot a 48 on the front nine and a 46 on the back nine, while Boquet shot a 45 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine.

Boquet said that she was both excited and nervous in her first appearance at the state meet.

“It’s exciting but then it also makes you feel really nervous and pressured because you see everybody else and they’re really good,” she said. “But at the same time it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m here, so it means I’m good too.’ It’s a mix of different feelings but it’s exciting.”

Boquet said that her chipping didn’t go well Tuesday and that is one key area she will hope to improve on Wednesday.