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Paynesville Press - May 23, 2001

LPGE wins WCC golf title

By Michael Jacobson

Cory Schmitt The Bulldogs had six players score in the 40s, but couldn't avoid a last-place finish in their final West Central Conference North meet of the boys' golf season at Sauk Centre on Monday, May 14.

In the heat of record temperatures, the Bulldogs had a four-person score of 182, ten strokes behind Sauk Centre and a dozen behind Melrose.

Senior Cory Schmitt shot a 49 for the boys' golf team last week.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle won the meet with a total of 158, beating Albany and Litchfield by two strokes and St. Cloud Cathedral by three. Cathedral had been tied with LPGE for first-place in the overall WCC North standings going into the meet, but the Thunder took the meet and season title. The Crusaders finished fourth and finished second overall. (See the complete standings below.)

Junior Nathan Glenz led the Bulldogs with a round of 43, and eighth grader Mitchell Mackedanz added a 44. Juniors Travis Atkinson and Adam Rafferty added a 47 and 48 respectively to complete a team score of 182.

Senior Corey Schmitt and junior David Jones added rounds of 49, and sophomore Eric Gerding shot a 51.

Glenz missed earning All Conference honors by half a stroke per round. In the seven conference matches, Glenz averaged a score of 40.8, ranking 12th in the conference. The top ten golfers earn All Conference honors. The last All Conference spot had an average of 40.3 strokes per round.

LPGE and Cathedral had three All Conference players. Litchfield had two, and Albany and Melrose one.

Four other Bulldogs recorded at least six rounds in conference play to be eligible for the conference honors. (Those who played seven got to throw out their highest score.) Mackedanz ranked 30th with an average of 44.0. Rafferty ranked 37th with an average of 46.33, Schmitt ranked 38th with 48.33, and Gerding 39th with 48.83.

The Bulldogs played in the subsection meet at Little Crow Country Club on Monday. The top two teams and the top ten individuals advance to the section meet on Tuesday, May 29, at Rich-Spring Golf Course between Richmond and Cold Spring. Section play begins at noon with a shotgun start.

Team scores
1. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 158
2. Albany - 160
3. Litchfield - 160
4. Cathedral - 261
5. Melrose - 170
6. Sauk Centre - 172
7. Paynesville - 182

Individual Results
Paynesville: Nathan Glenz 43; Mitchell Mackedanz 44; Travis Atkinson 47; Adam Rafferty 48; Corey Schmitt 49; David Jones 49; and Eric Gerding 51.

Final WCC Standings
Overall standings in the West Central Conference North are figured by awarding seven points for a first-place finish in a conference meet, six for second, and so on. With seven meets completed, here are the final standings.
1. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 40
2. Cathedral - 37
3. Litchfield - 35
4. Albany - 33
5. Melrose - 27
6. Sauk Centre - 17
7. Paynesville - 7

All Conference
The top ten stroke averages during the conference season earn All Conference honors. Paynesville's Nathan Glenz finished tied for 12th at 40.83.
1. Andy Buchholz, Melrose - 38.83
2. Josh Meyer, LPGE - 39.00
3. Matt Orth, Cathedral - 39.17
4. Steve Richter, Cathedral - 39.33
5. Jeremy Zylla, LPGE - 39.33
6. Paul Welle, Albany - 39.67
7. Drew Dvorak, Litchfield - 39.67
8. Joe Kiefer, Cathedral - 40.17
9. Joe Schoolmeesters, Litch - 40.17
10. Ryan Ebnet, LPGE - 40.33

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