by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
With McCabe Buege and Corey Muenzhuber finishing 1-2, the Rogers Royals repeated as Section 5AAA boys golf champions Thursday, earning another shot at a state team title that eluded them last year.
Buege, a senior and top-ranked player in the state, repeated as section medalist with 36-33–69 at Bunker Hills, while adjusting to a new driver. He won with 72 last year.
The Central Florida recruit broke his Callaway while hitting on the range Wednesday and borrowed a driver from his brother Colton, who demo’s clubs for Taylor Made.
Muenzhuber, a junior, shot 73 for second place. He was even par on the first nine, then birdied East No. 1, slipped with two bogies, and parred his way home.
Morgan Rask, a sophomore, tied for fourth with 78. Rogers’ other counting score was junior Jordan Rykal’s 79. Junior Zach Hnath with 81 and senior Phil Ballard with 85 were the other Rogers players.
Rogers totaled 299 strokes, followed by Osseo with 308 and Mounds View with 315 among 11 teams.
“It came dow to what Corey was doing against Osseo’s No. 1,” said Royal coach Dan Bursheim, referring to Buege’s nine-stroke margin at the top spot. “Osseo had three p layers make state here. Osseo’s real tough.”
The players were bothered by winds whipping across the fairways.
“It was tough to judge because it was gusty,” said Buege, “but when I got the wind right, I felt like I h it good shots.”
He birdied the No. 2 East, a 350-yard par-4, with a drive 20 feet from the hole, and the final hole with a 330-yard drive, nice chip and 15-foot putt.
Osseo had three of the leaders as Dayton Federly, a freshman playing No. 6, shot 74 for third place, and Ross Miller and Daulton Charboneau were in a group tying for fourth at 78.
Rogers is ranked No. 2 in the state behind Eden Prairie. Wayzata is ranked third but has beaten Rogers.
A year ago, Rogers was the top team in the state during the regular season, but finished 16 strokes behind repeat champion Wayzata at state.
The state meet will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15, at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
1. Rogers 299
2. Osseo 308
3. Mounds View 315
4. Spring Lake Park 321
5. Blaine 325
7. Centennial 334
8. Coon Rapids 343
9. Champlin Park 344
11. Park Center 382