The Rogers golfers, defending state co-champions, let their fourth through ninth players battle for roster spots in the season opener Tuesday and the Royals tied for sixth among 15 teams at the Monticello Invitational.
“It was good to get the season started after three weeks of practice,” said coach Dan Bursheim. “We have some fierce competition among seven guys for three of the roster spots and they put their nerves to the test in pressure situations today.”
Maple Grove and St. Michael-Albertville tied for first with 314, while Totino-Grace’s Pete Sienko medaled with 71, followed by Osseo’s Dalton Charboneau with 72.
Rogers scored 324 as junior Kyle Korva and senior Zach Hnath shot 81’s, while seniors Andy Suedbeck and Justin Bunkers shot 82’s. Junior Rocky Nelson had 84 and sophomore Dan Kline 90.
It was the varsity debut for Nelson and Kline, with Bunkers and Korva playing only their second varsity match.
“I was proud of the closeness of the scores,” said Bursheim, adding that Korva had three birdies, Hnath had a good day except two bad holes.
The Royals will open conference next Tuesday in Becker.
Maple Grove 314
Spring Lake Park 325
St. Francis 330
Big Lake 368