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Boys Golf: East Ridge, Woodbury, New Life finish in top places this week

Carter Spalding shot a 77 on Friday, May 10, at Eagle Valley Golf Course. Woodbury finished second as a team. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Justin Luan shot a 78 on Friday, May 10, at Eagle Valley Golf Course. East Ridge finished in third place as a team. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Friday

New Life Academy went to Ramsey for a match at The Links of Northfork Golf Course on Friday and the Eagles came out with a second-place finish and a score of 175.

Soren Hoien led the team with a score of 43. It stayed consistent as Cooper St. Cyr, Jackson George and Cole Witherow each shot a 44 to give the Eagles an opportunity to place high on Friday.

Thursday

Boys' golf teams faced every aspect of weather on Thursday as Woodbury and East Ridge played a conference match.

East Ridge was looking for another win after a first-place finish on Monday. The Raptors produced strong scores in Thursday's conditions, but finished in third place with a score of 319.

Woodbury was consistent from the No. 1 golfer to the No. 6 golfer and it showed on the leaderboard as the Royals finished second with a score of 314. The Royals were only four strokes behind Stillwater.

"It's been fun on the golf course, but it's also been fun off the golf course, too," said Woodbury head coach Shawn Mahady. "I couldn't be more proud of them for finishing second and building some momentum into next week."

At the beginning of the season, Mahady had a couple seventh graders that he knew would be in the lineup. The biggest question, though, was where those two golfers would be placed?

Mahady received his answer immediately and the two went up to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Mahady is happy with how this team has become more of a family throughout the season and each golfer is excited about the next couple weeks before section matches.

"It's been a fun year with the team and continuing to learn more about the varsity season," said seventh grader Carter Spalding. "We've really come together as a team and we're hoping it's coming at the right time heading into sections."

Spalding had the best score for the Royals on Friday with a 77, while Ethan Kress shot a 78. Parker Sands ended his day with a 79 and Willie Price was right behind him with an 80.

Christopher Mahady and Ryan Muzzy rounded out the team with scores of 81 and 84, respectively.

East Ridge has been near the top of the conference throughout the season and it's due to a handful of seniors as well as a strong underclassmen.

The Raptors had three seniors on the scorecard for Friday's match along with one freshman and two eighth graders. The seniors are continuing to provide support and advice to the younger players and the whole team is excited about these next couple of weeks.

"I think it was a confidence boost earning that first-place spot on Monday," said senior Caden Pratt. "We're hoping that win can help us with confidence and momentum throughout the rest of the regular season heading into sections."

The three seniors understand this is their last season and all of them want to finish on a high note.

"We just want to reach our highest level of play when sections starts," said senior Aaron Beissler. "I feel like we've been doing well all season and now we need to stay consistent for the next few weeks as we get ready for the end of the season."

Pratt had the lowest score for the Raptors on Friday as he shot a 76, while Justin Luan had a 78. Beissler and Alex Venne were right behind those two with scores of 82 and 83, respectively.

Reece Hoyme and Gus Briguet III rounded out the team with scores of 84 and 90, respectively.

NLA takes first, second in nine-hole tournaments 

The New Life Academy boys' golf team went to Riverwood National Golf Course to play 18 holes, but each nine counted as a separate conference meet.

The front nine saw the Eagles stay in the second-place spot as the golfers battled high winds and chilly temperatures to score a 183, three strokes behind first and one stroke ahead of third.

Cole Witherow had a strong front nine with a score of 41.

On the back nine, the Eagles turned it on, allowing them to earn first place with a score of 166.

Soren Hoien finished the back nine with a score of 39, which earned him medalist honors. Jackson George finished right behind him with a score of 41. Tyler Hullett and Witherow each finished with scores of 43.

Monday

East Ridge and Woodbury traveled to Forest Hills Golf Club in Forest Lake on Monday and the Raptors finished the day on top with a first place score of 301. Woodbury came in tied for third with Forest Lake with a total score of 306.

East Ridge was consistent from the No. 1 golfer to the No. 6 golfer, which is needed to produce a score like 301. The Raptors didn't have a score above 85 and three golfers scored in the 70s.

Justin Luan was the top golfer for East Ridge finishing the day with a score of 72, while Caden Pratt came in right behind him with a score of 74.

Reece Hoyme finished the day with a 75 and Aaron Beissler completed his Monday with a score of 80. Gus Briguet III and Tyler Wenshau rounded out the team with scores of 83 and 85, respectively.

Woodbury had similar results with Parker Sands finishing as the top scorer for the Royals with a 71 while Carter Spalding and Ethan Kress each finished with a score of 78.

Willie Price came in right behind the two golfers with a score of 79. Christopher Mahady and Luke Danielson rounded out the team with scores of 85 and 89, respectively.

New Life takes second

New Life Academy traveled to Loggers Trail in Stillwater and finished two strokes behind first place to grab the second-place spot with a score of 178.

Jackson George finished with a nine-hole score of 43, while Tyler Hullett was right behind him with a 44. Thijs Sultan and Soren Hoien rounded out the team with scores of 45 and 46, respectively.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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