By STUART GROSKREUTZ
DULUTH – The Stillwater boys’ golf team placed sixth at the 20-team Northland Invite on Monday at Northland Country Club.
Led by a trio of players shooting in the 70s, the Ponies turned in a score of 317 to place just four shots out of third place. Hermantown shot a sizzling 290 to record an 18-shot victory over runner-up Grand Rapids (308).
Bennett Anderson and Will Henschell set the pace for Stillwater with matching 77s while Sammy Sicard followed with a 79. Jeff Carstens (84), Evan Anderson (85) and Tony Pulido completed the lineup for the Ponies.
"Bennett has been playing really solid as a senior and captain," Ponies coach John Scanlon said. "Seventy-seven was the highest number he could have shot. He is hitting it long and straight and his putting is solid. He had a couple of blips in between making double-bogey, bogey with a wedge in his hand, but overall, he has been one of our most valuable team members this year."
It was a family affair for the Ponies up north as Will’s younger brother Matt Henschell posted a 79 to claim medalist honors in the JV meet and Parker Anderson, the younger sibling of Bennett and Evan, added an 83.
"We like the brother factor as there seems to be some built-in healthy competition to practice hard and get better," Scanlon said.
1. Hermantown Blue 290; 2. Grand Rapids 308; 3. Cambridge-Isanti 313; 4. Mahtomedi 314; 5. Duluth East Red 316; 6. Stillwater 317; 7. White Bear Lake 318; 8. Woodbury 319; 9. Roseville 320; 10. Forest Lake 322; 11. Blaine 324; 12. Duluth Denfeld 325; 13. Duluth East Grey 327; 14. Anoka 329; 15. Cloquet 334; 16. Park 337; 17. Duluth Marshall 355; 18. Two Harbors 373; 19. Hermantown Gold 374.
Top 5 (par 71)
1. Owen Stauber (Her) 70; 2, tie, Trent Sundbom (Her) 72, Andrew Krasaway (Her) 72 and Trevor Thompson (FL) 72; 5, tie, Honza Cervenka (GR) 73 and Matt Swanson (C-I) 73.
Bennett Anderson 77, Will Henschell 77, Sammy Sicard 79, Jeff Carstens 84, Evan Anderson 85 and Tony Pulido 86.