Teeing off the season

Aidan Ebner, Writer

The OHS Boys Golf Team is off to an exceptional start to their season.  With a similar early season schedule to last year, the boys have been putting up great numbers this far.  The Huskies traveled down to Decorah, Iowa on Thursday, Apr. 13 to kick off their season with the annual Decorah Invitational.  The team took fourth place with a total team score of 346. Senior Andrew Wall shot a team best 78.  The Huskies medaled three players in their respective flights: Andrew Wall third place with a score of 78, junior Mac Baumgartner with a score of 87, and eighth grader Jonny Wall with a final score of 100.  The following week the Huskies headed up to Alexandria on Thursday, Apr. 20 for the Alexandria Invite.  The boys finished with a tremendous third place finish with a total team score of 332.  Senior John Swenson bagged a team best 77 and took home a tie for second place and All Tournament Team awards.  The Huskies finished up the week at home on Friday, Apr. 21 with a dual against Mankato East at the Owatonna Country Club.  The boys lost in a close final 347-351 to the Cougars. The following Monday, the Huskies headed over to Somerby in Byron for the Byron Invitational.  The boys battled against the grueling spring winds and finished with a solid fifth place spot with a score of 353.  Head Coach Mark Langlois said, “I was proud of how the players grinded and didn’t make excuses for poorly executed shots.”

The stretch of rounds did not end there.  With their fourth round in six days, the Huskies were up against the elements once again when they hosted Winona and Northfield for a conference triangular at OCC on Tuesday, Apr. 25.  The round began with heavy rain showers that followed with on and off light rain throughout the evening.  The Huskies earned their first conference point by taking second in front of Winona and behind Northfield.  Northfield finished with a total team score of 322, followed by Owatonna at 340 and Winona at 351.  Swenson finished with medalist honors with a low score of 76.  Langlois said, “I thought that we got better today and improved on some things as a team.”  The Huskies have a five day break before heading over to Red Wing on Monday, May 3 to Mississippi National Golf Links for a conference triangular with Red Wing and Rochester Century. OHS wishes the Huskies the best!