Ranger boys golf takes third in SEC

Sophomore Jack Kluge hits back toward the green at the conference meet last week. Photo by TLC Digital Images

Sophomore Jack Kluge hits back toward the green at the conference meet last week. Photo by TLC Digital Images

 

The Ranger boys golf team struggled last week in its final conference meet at Indian Hills Golf Course, losing the Suburban East Conference title to champion Hastings and runner-up East Ridge.

Head coach John Buck said the kids played hard, but struggled to get anything going.

Three days before, the Ranger varsity squad all scored in the 70s, but no one could break 80 at the Stillwater course last Tuesday.

Despite the tough meet, the Rangers had five golfers earn all conference and all conference honorable-mention honors. Senior Trevor Thompson and junior Daniel Massey earned all conference with average scores of 75 and 76, respectively, while senior Max Kelly (77.75), ninth-grader Jack Kluge (78.25) and junior Luke Resler (79) earned honorable mention.

“I am thankful for the quality of kids that I have in the program,” Buck said. “They work hard and are committed to being good people and golfers. I like to think the honors they receive are directly related to their commitment, discipline and work ethic.”

Another highlight includes the Forest Lake junior varsity winning the conference point title this season. Ninth-grader Easton Jacobson and Sam Cartford were in the top 10 scorers on average this season, and seventh-grader Vann Hartigan recorded the squad’s season low score of 80 at Sawmill Golf Course this spring.

The Rangers competed in day one of the Section 7AAA finals in Hinckley on Monday and closed the day in second place.

Resler and Thompson led the Rangers with scores of 74, followed by Massey with a 75 and junior Nick Moe with a score of 80. Kelly and Kluge shot for 81 apiece.

Forest Lake tees off at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, for day two at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley.

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