MANKATO — Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther’s Owen Wolter changed golf courses in the Mankato area, but still managed to make his mark in the fairways.
The Jaguars’ multi-tasking senior standout carded an 18-hole score of 96 during Thursday’s opening round of the Section 2A golf meet at North Links Golf Course to qualify for second-round action.
Wolter made a smooth transition from the prep baseball diamond to the Terrace View Golf Course’s tee boxes on May 18 to pencil in a 90 to earn a share of eighth place overall in the Valley Conference Meet en route to all-league honors.
Wolter produced a 50 on the front side of North Links on Thursday before closing with a 46 to make the cut for the sectional’s second round by one stroke. The Jaguar senior, who generated a team-best four pars, finished 25th individually during Day 1.
Wolter, who topped the Jaguar boys team’s ninth-place total of 424 during Round 1 on Thursday, joins Madelia’s Colby Wihlm and Colin Wihlm as area individual qualifiers for next week’s competition.
The top four teams — Sleepy Eye United (318), Springfield (341), United South Central (355) and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (362) — all carry their totals into Monday’s second-round play starting at 10 a.m. back at North Links Golf Course.
Colby Wihlm carded back-to-back nine-hole marks of 46 to net a 92 to earn a share of 18th place overall in topping Madelia’s eighth-place team total of 411. Colby Wihlm produced a squad-best six pars during his 18-hole round.
Colin Wihlm penciled in back-to-back 47s en route to a tie for 21st place individually at 94 for the Blackhawks. Wihlm connected for a birdie on the par-4 No. 4 hole to complement three pars.
Josiah DeMaris and Luke Stensrud rounded out Madelia’s counting scores. DeMaris sank one par while firing a 57-49-106, while Stensrud also made one par to pace his score of 64-55-119.
Jakob Fischer, Colby Brudelie, Wyatt Luhmann and Louis Bowers followed Wolter in the Jaguars’ scoring column during Thursday’s sectional meet. Fischer shot a 54-53-107, Brudelie sank two pars to trigger a 52-57-109, Luhmann chalked up three pars en route to a 58-54-112, while Bowers chipped in a 67-61-128, including one par.
JWP’s Logan Thell produced a 2-over 74 at North Links to earn opening-round medalist honors, while Carson Erickson and Logan Netzke shared runner-up medalist accolades with a pair of 4-over 76s to power Sleepy Eye United to a 23-stroke lead over Springfield heading into Monday’s final round.
Springfield’s Maverick Winkelmann garnered fourth place overall with a 79, while New Ulm Cathedral’s Logan Haala generated an 80 to nail down fifth place individually.
Section 2A Boys Golf Meet
@ North Links Golf Course in Mankato
Thursday — Round 1
Team Standings: 1. Sleepy Eye United 318; 2. Springfield 341; 3. United South Central 355; 4. JWP 362; 5. New Ulm Cathedral 382.
Area results: 8. Madelia 411; 9. Truman/GHEC/Martin Luther 424.
Individuals: 1. Logan Thell (JWP) 74; 2. (tie) Carson Erickson (SEU) and Logan Netzke (SEU) 76s; 4. Maverick Winkelmann (Springfield) 79; 5. Logan Haala (NUC) 80; 6. Toby Weiss (SEU) 81; 7. Christopher Thram (Springfield) 82; 8. (tie) Ryan Vogel (Springfield), Kadyn Neubauer (USC) and Jack Nelson (SEU) 85s; 11. Blake Bullerman (USC) 86; 12. (tie) Aidan Nelsen (Cedar Mountain), Jacob Schultz (SEU) and Steven Dimmel (JWP) 89s.
Area results: T18. Colby Wihlm (Madelia) 92; T21. Colin Wihlm (Madelia) 94; 25. Owen Wolter (TGHECML) 96; T36. Josiah DeMaris (Madelia) 106; T38. Jakob Fischer (TGHECML) 107; T40. Colby Brudelie (TGHECML) 109; T48. Wyatt Luhmann (TGHECML) 112; T54. Luke Stensrud (Madelia) 119; 60. Louis Bowers (TGHECML) 128.
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