Tigers dominate Lakes tourney

Monday, May 8, 2017

LE MARS — Following a fourth place finish against a loaded field at the Larry Clark Kuemper Invitational in Carroll on Saturday, Spencer’s golf boys hit the links at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars Monday for another round of 18 with conference bragging rights on the line.

The Tigers dazzled at the Lakes Conference Tournament as all six golfers earned all-conference honors (top eight) individually, marking just the second time Spencer has accomplished that feat under coach Steve Bomgaars’ stewardship which dates back to 1989. The previous occurrence came in 2009 when Spencer finished as a state runner-up.

Spencer carded a 310 Monday to beat second place Estherville Lincoln Central by 24 strokes and third place Western Christian by 27. No other team shot below 356.

Ezra Meyer fired a 1-over par 72 to claim the top spot at the tournament and earn all conference honors for the second straight year while Colin Slattery shot a 77 to take third overall. Michael Storey’s 80 was good enough for fifth while Eric Beehler, Chase Hough and Connor Moret each finished with 81s on their scorecards to fill out the rest of the top eight.

ELC’s Trey Jacobson placed second in the tournament with a 75.

The Tigers now turn their attention to the most crucial part of the season as sectional play comes Friday in Storm Lake. Teams competing in Friday’s 18-hole tournament at Lake Creek Golf Course with Spencer will be Algona, Forest City, Humboldt, Le Mars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake. Only the Dutch have a better 18-hole average than the Tigers with a 303, but MOC has played just one 18-hole tournament this season while Spencer (316.75) has participated in four. The top two teams will advance from the sectional to the district tournament to be held Thursday, May 18 at Spencer Golf and Country Club.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Spencer310
2. ELC334
3. Western Christian337
4. Spirit Lake356
5. Storm Lake356
6. Le Mars365
7. Emmetsburg366
8. Cherokee423
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