Twenty-seven athletes are vying for varsity rounds for the BPHS boys and girls golf teams this spring. The boys were third behind Jordan and TCU in 2019, while the girls squad was incomplete.

Senior Ryan Bergs and Will Degree, junior Brian Klimek, and sophomore Parker Borresen all played varsity rounds in 2019 and are hopeful to anchor the boys squad for Coach Jerold Stauffacher.

Daisy Vinkemeier is the lone returning varsity player for the Tigers girls team.

Stauffacher said time and performance will dictate who fills out the varsity roster. Currently, there are 18 boys and nine girls vying for those spots.

Stauffacher said the cancellation of the 2020 season and the Minnesota State High School League’s restrictions kept the coaches from working with the kids much in the fall.

“With not having a season last year and the timing in which we were allowed to work with the students this past fall by the MSHSL didn’t give us a chance to get outside and see the kids play,” Stauffacher said.

The boys team consists of seniors Bergs, Degree, Riley Retzer, Ethan Mlejnek and Noah Meyeraan; juniors Klimmek, Ashton Holbrook, Samual Van Zummeren, Isaiah Shutes, and Derek Gruhn; sophomores Borresen and Aiden Tuchtenhagen; freshmen Jonathon Nystrom, Luke Mlejnek, Steven Mlejnek, and Bodi Meyeraan; eighth-grader Hunter Hornaman; and seventh-grader Zach Korba.

The girls have two seniors, Vinkemeier and Fern Sullivan. Juniors Emily Nagel, Abbie Perry, Brooklynn Hougo, and eighth-graders Mackenzie Fadden, Sophia Kruschke, Olivia Walter, and Abriana Cahalan will also compete for varsity rounds.

Jordan won MRC titles on both the boys and girls side in 2019 but has moved on to the Wright County Conference, meaning it’s difficult for Stauffacher to know what to expect in the MRC.

“I would say right now, ‘Who knows?’ Stauffacher said. “Jordan, for the past couple years, has had a stranglehold on the conference.  With them moving to Wright County now, I guess time will tell.”

Season Openers

The girls opened the season on Monday, April 19, at Dahlgreen Golf Course in Chaska.

Belle Plaine came in third place with a score of 268, beating TCU (289) and Mayer Lutheran (INC). Southwest Christian took first place with a score of 197, followed by LSH at 210.

The boys opened their season on Tuesday, April 20, at the ShadowBrooke Golf Course, but results were not available by press time.

BPHS Girls Golf Schedule and Results

3rd Place - April 19 vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

April 26: 8 a.m. Varsity Invitational @ Ridges at Sand Creek vs. Jordan, Simley, Stewartville

April 27: 4 p.m. @ LS-H High School Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 4: 4 p.m. @ Montgomery Golf  Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 10: 4 p.m. @ ShadowBrooke Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 17: 9 a.m. Varsity Conference Tournament @ New Prague Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, NYA, SE, SWC, TCU

BPHS Boys Golf  Schedule and Results

April 20: 4 p.m. @ ShadowBrooke Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

April 23: 1 p.m. Varsity Invitational @ New Prague Golf Course vs. Blue Earth Area, Holy Family Catholic, Jordan, New Prague, Shakopee, St. Peter, Tri-City United

April 26: 8 a.m. Varsity Invitational @ Ridges at Sand Creek vs. Detroit Lake, Jordan, Stewartville

April 27: 4 p.m. @  Dahlgreen Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 3: 4 p.m. @  Montgomery Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 11: 4 p.m. @ LS-H High School Course vs. LS-H, ML, SE, SWC, TCU

May 17: 9 a.m. Varsity Conference Tournament @ New Prague Golf Course vs. LS-H, ML, NYA, SE, SWC, TCU

MRC Girls Golf 2019

  (Team, Strokes)

Jordan..................................877

LS-H/SE..............................961

SWC..................................1074

BP, TCU, ML.....................INC

MRC Boys Golf 2019

  (Team, Strokes)

Jordan................................1007

TCU...................................1067

Belle Plaine........................1111

SW Christian.....................1128

Mayer Lutheran.................1184

LS-H..................................1194

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