Boys golf: Stillwater moves into SEC lead with victory at home course

Ben Corbid launches a drive on No. 15 on the way to claiming medalist honors as the Stillwater boys’ golf team wins an SEC match at Stillwater Country Club on Monday, May 8. (Contributed photo)

The Stillwater boys’ golf team collected its second victory in three days on Monday, May 8 at Stillwater Country Club, a performance that lifted the Ponies into first place in the Suburban East Conference standings after three events.

The Ponies hold a 21-20 lead over Mounds View in the standings while Forest Lake and Park are tied for third with 16 points. White Bear Lake is not far behind in fifth with 14 points.

Stillwater turned in a score of 303 to finish four shots ahead of runner-up Park (307) while Mounds View finished third at 318.

“As a team, we are coming into good form,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said. “It was our first conference event at full strength in terms of roster and we have some work to do. Our top players have not played their best golf yet. In order to compete at the section and state level, we are going to need everyone to step up.”

Ben Corbid fired a 1-over 73 to claim medalist honors and set the pace for Stillwater, which also received solid rounds from Parker Anderson (75), Brock Winter (76), Cole Jahnke (79) and Joey Murphy (79). Wyatt Wasko also played well while carding an 80.

“We always tell the boys that the fourth score is the most important,” Scanlon said. “Ben must think we meant the No. 4 man. Nobody works harder than Ben. The whole team was really happy for him — nice guys finish first.”

Corbid’s round is an encouraging sign for the Ponies while finishing ahead of returning all-state teammates Anderson, Winter and Jahnke. Murphy has joined Anderson and Jahnke with three conference rounds in the 70s and Winter has also finished 79 or better in each of his four competitive rounds this spring.

• Avery Johnson also delivered a superb round while leading the Stillwater JV team with a 1-over 73. The Ponies finished with a team score of 318, which tied Mounds View’s third-place varsity total.

“What a great round for Avery,” Scanlon said. “We call it the make-coach-look-stupid-award for not playing him in the varsity lineup.”

• Stillwater assistant coach Kyle Scanlon finished just one shot out of a playoff for one of available qualifier spots in the U.S. Open local qualifier held on Monday, May 8 at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul.

Donald Constable of Excelsior, who fired a 6-under 66, claimed medalist honors while Sam Matthew (68) of Roseville and Mitch Tucker (71) of Oskaloosa, Iowa finished second and third.

Five players tied for fourth at 72 and Will Holmgren of Plymouth and Jeff Kringen of Long Lake advanced in a playoff that also included Riley Johnson of Fargo (first alternate), Ben Greve of Golden Valley (second alternate) and Brent Snyder of Hudson, the Troy Burne golf professional who works with several of Stillwater’s high school players.

Scanlon, who is an assistant PGA professional at Forest Hills, joined Ben Polland of Jacksonville, Fla, and Yarri Bryn of St. Paul in a tie for ninth place at 73. Scanlon finished with six birdies, but also made seven bogeys to go along with five pars.

Hudson Carpenter, another Stillwater graduate, tied for 16th with a 3-over 75.

Also competing in the local qualifier were Stillwater’s Todd Samarzia (T64, 82), Zach Huth (T64, 82) and Mark Choiniere (T69, 84).

Team standings

1. Stillwater 303; 2. Park 307; 3. Mounds View 318; 4. Forest Lake 319; 5. Woodbury 323; 6. White Bear Lake 325; 7. Roseville 336; 8. Cretin-Derham Hall 341; 9. East Ridge 349.

Stillwater results (par 72)

Ben Corbid 73, Parker Anderson 75, Brock Winter 76, Cole Jahnke 79, Joey Murphy 79 and Wyatt Wasko 80. Medalist — Ben Corbid (St) 73.

Ponies prevail at Forest Lake

At Forest Lake, the Ponies posted a score of 312 to record a 14-shot victory over Forest Lake (326) and Mounds View (326) in the 12-team Forest Lake Invitational on Saturday, May 6 at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Parker Anderson led the Ponies with a 75, which was good enough for second place overall behind medalist Paul Stankey of Providence Academy, who fired a 69 to win by six shots.

“The course was set up easy in terms of white tees, but the pins were setup for a “hard pin” scramble in the morning and with green speeds around 11.5, it paid to be below the hole,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said. “On our first hole of the day, one of our better varsity players putted a 15-footer off the green, down a ridge, and 15 yards back into the fairway.”

The Ponies adjusted quickly.

“The conditions really lent themselves to the most experienced and toughest teams,” Scanlon said. “There were plenty of birdie holes, but you had to keep yourself calm through the double bogey holes. Parker played an outstanding round of golf which could have easily been 70 or lower. He survived a bogey on the par-5 eighth hole with a 20-foot putt, but four-putted the last green from 25 feet. Parker is having an outstanding season, and the best is yet to come — senior leaders are always nice in any sport.”

Sophomores Brock Winter and Wyatt Wasko each carded a 78 for the Ponies and Ben Corbid completed the scoring with an 81.

“Brock started and ended with a triple from the middle of the fairway,” Scanlon said. “Due to illness and weather, it was Brock’s first tourney in a month and he fought back to 1-over at one point thanks to four birdies. Wyatt also had four birdies on a course which negated his power, but gave him an opportunity to show his maturity as a skill player.”

Joey Murphy was one shot back with an 82 and Cole Jahnke shot an 87.

“Joey and Ben continued their steady play this year,” Scanlon said. “Most schools were counting a 90 which was the big delta for the Ponies.”

• The Stillwater JV team turned in a score of 352 to finish second behind White Bear Lake (332).

Team standings

1. Stillwater 312; 2, tie, Forest Lake 326 and Mounds View 326; 4. Hermantown 328; 5. Providence Academy 332; 6. Heritage Christian Academy 336; 7. Cloquet 340; 8. Owatonna 343; 9. Woodbury 352; 10. Duluth Denfeld 355; 11, tie, Cretin-Derham Hall 358 and North Branch 358.

Stillwater results (par 72)

Parker Anderson 75, Brock Winter 78, Wyatt Wasko 78, Ben Corbid 81, Joey Murphy 82 and Cole Jahnke 87. Medalist — Paul Stankey (PA) 69.

Anderson on watchlist

Stillwater senior Parker Anderson was listed among a group of 15 players named to the watchlist for the 2017 Mr. Minnesota Golf award. The initial list will be trimmed to eight finalists and the winner will be selected by the Mr. Minnesota Golf Committee and announced on Sunday, June 11 at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence.

A state-wide committee will select the eight girls and eight boys as finalists based on their performance during the 2017 season.

Joining Anderson on the Mr. Minnesota Golf watchlist are: Caleb Christienson (Sleepy Eye), Jack Ebner (Edina), Ben Frazzini (Wayzata), Van Holmgren (Wayzata), Clay Kucera (Chaska), Brady Madsen (MACCRAY), Miles McCarthy (Minnetonka), Max McGlade (Lakeville North), Ian Murray (Blake), Drew O’Hern (St. Paul Academy), Reece Sanders (Blake), Ben Sigel (Minnetonka), Paul Stankey (Providence) and Carson Wooters (St. Michael-Albertville).

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