Blue Earth Area golfers Ashton Lloyd and Payten Gudahl will be continuing their high school golf season after they each qualified for the Class AA State Tournament which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13-14, at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. It will be Lloyd’s fifth trip to the State Tournament and the second trip to State for Gudahl.
In addition to the winning team, the five other golfers having the best scores at the Section Meet advance to State.
Lloyd, who led the field by one stroke after shooting a par round of 72 on the first day of the two-day tournament, captured medalist honors by shooting another 72 on the second day of the Section 2AA Meet held at New Prague Golf Club.
His score of 72-72-144 was four strokes better than runners-up Tully Super of Holy Family Catholic and Brody Pluth of Southwest Christian who each finished with a two-day total of 148.
Holy Family Catholic won the team portion of the meet with a score of 599 which was 21 strokes better than Southwest Christian, who compiled a score of 620. St. Peter was third with 623 and the Bucs finished fourth with 648.
Lloyd carded three birdies and 12 pars to finish with a 36-36-72 during the final day of the meet.
Eli Blagg shot an 80 to go with his first-round score of 78 for a total of 158. Blagg finished in a tie for 10th place and narrowly missed qualifying as an individual.
Blagg had two birdies and seven pars during his final round.
Also contributing to BEA’s team score were Hunter Viland and Kyren Sunken.
Viland had seven pars for a 44-43-87 and finished with a two-day total of 173. Sunken had a second-round score of 46-44-90 with six pars to finish with a final score of 175.
Max Loge and Jackson Blondin rounded out the Bucs’ team. Loge had five pars in his final round for a 43-49-92 and a meet total of 178.
Blondin was one stroke behind Loge with a total score of 179. He shot a 45-43-88 with seven pars during his second day of play.
Gudahl led the BEA girls’ team to a third place finish at the Section 2AA Meet with a final round of 41-44-85. Coupled with her first-round score of 82, Gudahl’s final total was 167 which put her in fifth place individually. Gudahl’s round included one birdie and nine pars.
“It is great to see Payten qualify for the second time,” BEA girls’ golf coach Al Cue said about the junior golfer. “She was solid again this year.”
Jordan won the team part of the competition with a score of 686. Southwest Christian was second with 700 followed by BEA with 742. St. Peter’s score of 753 put them in fourth place.
Victoria Woytassek of Jordan was the medalist for the meet with a score of 141.
The Bucs’ Katelyn Storbeck narrowly missed making her second trip to State when she finished three strokes and one spot out of advancing to the next level.
“Her 175 this year was actually seven strokes better than her 182 last year, which got her to State,” Cue commented. “The Section was just better this year.”
Storbeck’s second round score of 40-45-85 included seven pars and put her in a two-way tie for eighth place.
Rylan Storbeck matched her first round score of 98 with a 50-48-98 in the second round to finish with a two-day total of 196. She had two pars in her final round.
Madison Ehrich contributed a 53-48-101 to the Bucs’ team score. She had two pars during her last 18 holes on her way to a two-day total of 205.
Also golfing for BEA were McKinley Hanson and Lola Lundquist. Hanson had one birdie on her way to a second-round score of 52-55-107 while Lundquist carded a 59-62-121.