Back on their home course and finally playing in some decent weather, the Rogers golfers had one of the best days in their brief but illustrious history on Tuesday.
The Royals shot a conference record 288 and had the top five scores in the meet (including a fifth-place tie) in the third Mississippi 8 meet of the season, and opened up a big lead already in the conference race. They beat the Miss. 8 meet record of 293 set by Rogers two years ago at Pebble Creek.
McCabe Buege, coming off his victory in the prestigious (and rainy, cold and windy) Tri-State Open over the weekend, shot 70 at Fox Hollow, as did Corey Muenzhuber.
Jordan Rykal placed third with 73 and Philip Ballard fourth with 75. The Royals were able to throw out a 76 by Morgan Rask that tied STMA’s Stephen Kondratuk for fifth place. Andy Suedbeck added an 81.
“It was good to get five guys with low scores yesterday and Andy bouncing back after a bad day in the Tri State was the nicest surprise,” said Bursheim. “We have about four or five guys that are making a case to be on the section team and the competition among them is healthy. They are all working hard and are each others biggest fans when one of them has a great round.”
Par was set at 71 as the flooded Crow River is still high and No. 16 played as a 123-yard par 3.
“Mac and Corey continued to play at their high level and Jordan joined them,” said coach Dan Bursheim. “He got into a streak of birdies and was 3-under over 12 consecutive holes but also got off track and was 4-over on the other three in the middle of his back 9.”
The coach added that Rogers has never had 1-2-3-4 and a tie for fifth.
The Royals, state runners-up last year, missed their team record by one. They had a 287 on a par 72 once.
Team scores were Rogers 288, STMA 315, Buffalo 316, Becker 317, Cambridge-Isanti 324, Monticello 325, Zimmerman 338, Princeton 360 and Big Lake 378.
Brian Barbeln led Zimmerman with 79. Tom Hannan had 84, Jake McNulty 85, and Derek Faulkner 90.
In season points, Rogers already has a 48 to 38 lead on second-place Cambridge-Isanti. First-year team Zimmerman holds seventh place among nine.
Another conference meet will be held Thursday at Becker.