Golfers right in SEC mix

Boys take first, second at recent conference meets

A few good showings has the Ranger boys’ golf team in the thick of the Suburban East Conference race after three events. Forest Lake sits in second place with 22 points, four behind Mounds View.

The Mustangs won a SEC meet at Midland Hills Golf Club in Roseville on Monday with a round of 307. The Rangers finished two shots back in second place out of 10. Trevor Thompson carded a team-best score of 74, two over par. Max Kelly came in two strokes back of that. Jake Moryn shot 79 and Zach Dickenson 80.

Medalists with one-over rounds were Matthew Radke of Hastings and Michael Pitcher of White Bear Lake.

The Rangers won last Tuesday’s SEC meet at the White Bear Lake Yacht Club. Daniel Massey scored 73 to win medalist honors. Thompson (74), Taylor Bisbee (77) and Kelly (81) rounded out a round of 305. Mounds View finished one stroke back.

In between the conference meets, the Rangers took part in the Tri-State Invitational at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park. Through rain and 42-degree conditions, the squad struggled to 11th place out of 20. Kelly shot rounds of 77 and 74 to tie for fourth in a loaded field. Wayzata came back to beat Eden Prairie for the team title with a two-day total of 612. The Rangers shot 335-228-663.

Forest Lake hosted a JV invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club this Monday. The Rangers fielded four teams and competed against 11 other schools. Their top squad shot 322 to finish second, one shot behind Wayzata. Nick Norling led the way by finishing third with 77. Clay Drobnick took fourth with 79 and Sam Schminski was seventh with 80.

The SEC season continued this Tuesday with a meet at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury. The varsity will also host the Forest Lake Invitational at Forest Hills on Saturday. Stillwater Country Club is the site for next Monday’s SEC meet.