C-I girls get a sweet day for Hawk Invite

Jade Newman chipped close for a par on No. 13 during the May 6 Purple Hawk Invite.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Jade Newman chipped close for a par on No. 13 during the May 6 Purple Hawk Invite. Photos by Greg Hunt

This crazy spring season has played havoc with every sport, but on Monday the Cambridge-Isanti girls received just a little bit of a payback with a fantastic day to host the Purple Hawk Invite.

The girls still have not had a practice round on a course since Friday’s session was rained out. But the Bluejackets placed 4th at the Hawk Invite, led by Anna Sunderman taking 7th with a 90. Jade Newman was next with a 92, followed by Jade Lamb (104), Megan Koester (107), Evan Gorham (111) and Dagne Gorham (129).

“This year we played four matches without playing a single hole or practicing outside,” said C-I Coach Steve Hanson. “The biggest problem with this year is that we lost so many scores from last year, and there was no way to see who would fill in those spots.”

On May 7, the Jackets tied for 4th at the 12-team Crosby-Ironton Invite on Bay Lake CC. Newman placed 8th with an 85, and Lamb shot a career-low 96. Sunderman (99), Koester (118), Amelia Utecht (120) and Paige Holt (129) also competed.

 C-I senior Megan Koester watched her drive fly off the No. 10 tee during the May 6 Purple Hawk Invite.

C-I senior Megan Koester watched her drive fly off the No. 10 tee during the May 6 Purple Hawk Invite.

5/6 Purple Hawk Invite: Elk River 345, Andover 360, Eagan 371, Cambridge-Isanti Blue 393, Coon Rapids 401, Cloquet-Esko 422, Blaine 462, Cambridge-Isanti White 512, Medalist: Mary Elmquist (ER) 81.

• The Bluejackets began the season with a 12th-place finish at the April 29 Elk River Invite. Newman shot a 100 to lead the team, with Sunderman (104), Lamb (115) and Koester (119) counting to the total.

The next day, C-I placed 6th at the first Mississippi 8 meet at Pebble Creek. Newman (49), Sunderman (50) and Lamb (50) led the way again.

May 1 was a fun day at the Milaca Scramble where the Jackets finished 3rd out of 12 teams. The two Jades paired for an 85 which was 4th overall. Koester & Sunderman took 9th with an 89.

On May 2, the Jackets were 5th at the M-8 meet on Riverwood. Leading the way were Sunderman (91), Newman (96) and Koester (99).

Jacket boys dive into busy stretch on links

With the courses finally ready for rounds, the Cambridge-Isanti boys squad jumped into an active stretch of action over the past week. On May 6, the Bluejackets placed 4th with a 317 at the Monticello Invite won by Spring Lake Park.

Nate Cox and Matt Swanson both shot 75s for C-I, with Evan Dunbar adding a 79. Also shooting for C-I were Spencer Harvey (88), Brad Schintz (88) and Eric Maltrud (98).

“Nate Cox had his low of the year and was the scorecard medalist over his teammate Matt Swanson. Evan Dunbar rounded out the Top 10 with a 10th place finish,” said C-I Coach Mike Hennen. “It was great to see Nate put together a very solid round.  He has been hitting some low nine hole scores in practice.  Matt continues to play very well, and Evan Dunbar’s career-best 79 was a great confidence booster for him as his last two rounds have been 92’s.”

The Bluejackets followed that up with two rounds on Tuesday, May 7. In the morning, the team shot a 340 at the Bunker Hills Invite which was won by Rogers and Maple Grove. They then dialed in with a season-low 312 in a Mississippi 8 meet at Monticello, placing 2nd behind Rogers.

• Swanson began the season by being invited to play in the April 26-27 Tri-State Invite at Edinburgh. A rough first day was followed by him shooting a 75 which was tied for 10th best round on Saturday.

Swanson then fired a 70 to gain medalist honors when the Mississippi 8 season opened on Fox Hollow April 30, racking up five birdies and 10 pars. The Bluejackets finished 4th that day, with Cox (87) and Schintz (87) adding lower scores.

On a chilly May 2, the Bluejackets combined for a 334 score at Pebble Creek GC. Swanson was co-medalist with a 73. Filling out the top-four for C-I were Cox (85), Schintz (87) and Maltrud (89).

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