Boys golf prepares for conference tourney

It’s been a short season for Viking boys golf with the North Suburban Conference Championship fast approaching.

The team began competition April 29 with the conference mid-season, which normally takes place half way through the season, and carded a 338 to take fourth place.

John Buboltz and Nick Kress both shot a 79, while Joey Courtright and Regan Nelson carded an 85 and 95, respectively. Rob Hansen and Austin Callahan each carded a 96.

“This spring has been crazy,” coach Ryan Minke said. “Our first time on a golf course this spring was the mid-season conference tournament at Bunker Hills. The boys played well for it being our first time playing.”

On May 4 the Vikings finished 12th at Forest Hills.

Buboltz and Kress both scored an 83, with Cole Pearson finishing with a 97; Callahan, 100; Hansen, 101; and Zach John, 114.

“It was cold, and the scores reflected the conditions,” Minke noted. “Two of our top golfers were gone, but a couple of other guys got to move up and get some experience playing against some of the top teams in the state and did a great job.”

The team carded a 156 to tie St. Francis for second place ahead of Totino-Grace (157), Chisago Lakes (160), St. Louis Park (161), Spring Lake Park (176), Cooper (191) and Fridley (194) at the Minneapolis Golf Course, where Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored 141 to win the May 6 meet.

Buboltz shot a 34 and Kress, a 38, while Nelson and Courtright both carded a 42. Hansen scored a 45, and Austin Callahan, a 52.

On May 7 the team shot a 170 to earn second place at Majestic Oaks

Kress carded a 40 and Buboltz, a 42, while Nelson and Courtright both shot a 44. Hansen earned a 52, and Pearson, a 57.

“We played in some tough windy conditions,” Minke said. “The boys played pretty well.”

Finally last Thursday the Vikings carded a team score of 339 to come in sixth at Victory Links.

John Buboltz and Regan Nelson shot an 81, Nick Kress, an 83, and Rob Hansen, a 94.

“We were at Victory Links in some cold and windy conditions,” Minke recalled. “We have a tough spring, but the boys continue to be positive and work hard. We are improving each time out and are excited for the conference tournament. The teams to beat are Spring Lake Park, Totino Grace and Benilde-St. Margaret’s. North Branch and Chisago Lakes have been playing well and could be in the mix as well.”

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