EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Winning for the fourth time in its last five events, the Stillwater boys’ golf team prevailed at the Old Abe Invitational on Monday, May 15 at Wild Ridge Golf Club.
The Ponies posted a winning score of 306 to outdistance host Eau Claire Memorial (310) by four shots. Park followed in third place with a total of 318.
Senior Parker Anderson carded an even-par 72 to finish second overall behind medalist Ben Resnick of Rice Lake, who turned in a 69. Cole Jahnke weathered some putting issues to contribute a 76 for the Ponies, who were competing without some varsity regulars. Teams also competed with just five players, but still counted the top four scores.
Anderson hit 15 greens in regulation on the challenging 6,700-yard layout that played even longer because of the rain — which also led to an early lightning delay. Jahnke, meanwhile, was also hitting it well but took 36 putts on the greens.
“Weather was a factor and made the course longer and the greens bumpier,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said.
Eighth-grader Henry Lawrence and junior Noah Schraut each turned in an 81 to complete the scoring for the Ponies, who also received an 88 from Parker Wylie.
“With three events this week, we needed to rotate some new guys into the starting lineup and wow, did they deliver,” Scanlon said. “Henry and Noah work very hard on their game. Henry is an athlete who can hit the ball a long way. He made four birdies and Noah backed up his excellent performance in Detroit Lakes with another solid round. They were both prepared and ready to go.”
Stillwater is scheduled to compete at Gross National Golf Club in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 18. The Ponies currently hold a one-point lead over Mounds View in the Suburban East Conference standings.
“It will be a challenging task to beat SEC rival Mounds View on their semi-home course, but we are peaking at the right time and we look forward to the challenge,” Scanlon said.
Stillwater also recemtly posted victories at Prestwick, Forest Hills and Stillwater Country Club.
• The Ponies were washed out on Monday, May 15 as storms led to the cancellation of the South St. Paul Invitational at Southview Country Club.
1. Stillwater 306; 2. Eau Claire Memorial 310; 3. Park 318; 4. Chippewa Falls 330; 5. Eau Claire North 336; 6. Superior 338; 7. Rice Lake 343; 8. La Crosse Central 371; 9. Menomonie 388.
Stillwater results (par 72)
Parker Anderson 72, Cole Jahnke 76, Henry Lawrence 81, Noah Schraut 81 and Parker Wylie 88. Medalist — Ben Resnick (RL) 69.
Ponies finish 6th at DL
At Detroit Lakes, with some of its top players occupied with prom, the Ponies competed in the Northwest Classic on May 12-13 at Detroit Lakes Country Club. Stillwater delivered a solid two-day total of 607, but that was only good enough for sixth place in a strong field that produced some impressive totals.
Behind individual medalist Ben Frazzini, a University of Minnesota recruit who shot 67-66, Wayzata shot a blistering 551 total (273-278) to post a 31-shot victory over runner-up Detroit Lakes (286-296—582), whose score was good enough to win this event each of the previous 15 years.
Sophomore Brock Winter led the Ponies with a 144 (72-72) on the Pine to Palm Course, good enough for fifth place overall. Each of his rounds was impacted by an out-of-bounds penalty on the par-71 layout.
“Brock’s game has the maturity of a college sophomore in a high school sophomore person,” Ponies coach John Scanlon said. “That was the highest he could have shot, missing a number of birdie chances.”
Junior Noah Schraut finished with a two-day total of 152 (78-74) while junior Joey Murphy was steady in finishing at 155 (77-78). Also contributing for the Ponies were sophomore Jack Whitcomb (77-79—156), sophomore Wyatt Wasko (78-85—163) and junior Ben Corbid (87-80—167).
“It was great to see some new guys in the starting lineup and they really stepped up,” Scanlon said. “Noah had a career best round on the second day and really could have been lower. Jack was the MVP for the weekend, contributing to the team scoring both days. Both Noah and Jack have earned this success, persevering through swing changes and bad weather with hard work and team commitment.”
1. Wayzata 551; 2. Detroit Lakes 582; 3. Edina 592; 4. Sheyenne 597; 5. Eastview 601; 6. Stillwater 607; 7. White Bear Lake 608; 8, tie, Anoka 609 and Cambridge-Isanti 609; 10. Forest Lake 613; 11. West Fargo 618.
Stillwater results (par 71)
Brock Winter 72-72—144, Noah Schraut 78-74—152, Wyatt Wasko 78-85—153, Joey Murphy 77-78—155, Jack Whitcomb 77-79—156 and Ben Corbid 87-80—167. Medalist — Ben Frazzini (Way) 67-66—133.