Scorching Swanson medals at Purple Hawk Invite

C-I senior Matt Swanson continued a hot week by medaling with a 72 at the May 12 Purple Hawk Invite.
C-I senior Matt Swanson continued a hot week by medaling with a 72 at the May 12 Purple Hawk Invite.

Bluejacket boys golf combined for a 320 total, edging Grand Rapids via the tie-break to win the 2014 Purple Hawk Invite on wet May 12. M-8 teams North Branch and St. Michael were one shot back at 321, and Braham placed 12th with a 353.

Matt Swanson led the field with an even-par 72. Nate Cox was next for C-I at 79, with Brad Schintz (81), Orion Collins (88) and Seth Kirkeide (tie-breaking fifth score of 89) also shooting well.

“Great team effort as we won the tie-breaker with our fifth score.  Matt continues to light it up as he has been medalist in his last four meets. Nate Cox broke into the 70s for his third consecutive time. Brad Schintz is becoming a very solid No. 3 for the team with his consistent play,” noted C-I Coach Mike Hennen.

The Bluejackets’ busy stretch began May 6 with an M-8 East double-dip (out of necessity). The boys posted the low 313 total at Chisago Lakes CC, with Swanson shooting a 71, Cox and 83 and Kirkeide an 84. At Falcon Ridge GC in the afternoon, C-I slipped to 3rd with a 327. Swanson (78) and Cox (78) endured to break 80.

The next day, the boys got back down to 313 to defeat runner-up North Branch by 12 strokes at the M-8 East match at the Purple Hawk. Swanson tied a team-record low of 68, followed by 77s from Cox  and Schintz.

Mississippi 8 Boys Golf  East: Cambridge-Isanti 29 pts; North Branch 25; Chisago Lakes 24; St. Francis 12; Princeton 0.


Bomber Golf rolls in GRC meets

Braham girls golf is sitting at 7-0 and the Bomber boys are 5-2 in conference matchups after finally breaking loose for rounds this dreary spring. On May 6 at the Hawk, Caitlin Richmond and Ali Anderson tied with 50s for the top round to defeat Aitkin and Rush City. At the same meet, the Aitkin boys shot a 177 to get past Braham (183) and Rush City (208). Terry Gruba (46) and Hunter Richmond (47) were low for Braham.

The next day, H. Richmond shot a 44, followed by Brandon Brown (49), Gruba (50) and Alex Kurvers (50) to defeat Hinckley-Finlayson 185-243. The Bomber girls rolled to a large margin victory on scores from C. Richmond (54), Anderson (55), Emma Downing (61) and Ariel Ramstad (63).

The Braham girls kept going with wins over Mille Lacs, Moose Lake and Barnum. Anderson medaled with her 44, with C. Richmond next at 49. The Mille Lacs boys won their half of that meet by 13 strokes over Braham. Gruba’s 45 and H. Richmond’s 49 were low Bomber scores.