Swanson medals at 7AAA tourney

C-I senior Matt Swanson on the No. 1 tee at Grand National. On Monday, he fired a 4-under 68 to advance to State the third-straight spring.  Photos by Greg Hunt

C-I senior Matt Swanson on the No. 1 tee at Grand National. On Monday, he fired a 4-under 68 to advance to State the third-straight spring. Photos by Greg Hunt

After lightning ended Round 1 very early on Saturday afternoon, Cambridge-Isanti senior Matt Swanson made Round 2 count on June 2 when he won the Section 7AAA boys golf title with a 4-under 68 at Hinckley’s Grand National GC.

Swanson, who scored 34 on each nine holes in the wind, will next compete at the June 10-11 Class AAA State Tourney hosted again on Bunker Hills GC in Coon Rapids.

Teammate Nate Cox fired a 37/40 for a 13th-place 77, missing the State cut by only three shots. The Bluejacket boys ended up in 9th place in the team standings with a decent 318 as Brad Schintz (85), Evan Dunbar (88), Seth Kirkeide (93) and Orion Collins (95) also contributed scores. Andover held off Duluth East and Forest Lake by two strokes to take the 2014 team title in the section.

Section 7AAA Boys Golf @ Grand National: Andover 303, Duluth East 305, Forest Lake 305, North Branch 306, Chisago Lakes 308, Elk River 315, Grand Rapids 315, Cloquet-Esko 316, Cambridge-Isanti 318, St. Francis 328, Princeton 370, Duluth Denfeld 372.

 

C-I junior Nate Cox joined Matt Swanson on the M-8 All-Conference squad with his solid season.

C-I junior Nate Cox joined Matt Swanson on the M-8 All-Conference squad with his solid season.

M-8 East champions

The Bluejacket boys ended up as the 2014 Mississippi 8 East Division champions when the regular season wrapped up May 27 at the makeshift Cloquet Invite on Grand National. Chisago Lakes clipped the C-I boys 322-329 that day, but the Bluejackets won the title with their season totals.

Swanson averaged 74.3 and Cox averaged 77.8 over M-8 East meets to earn All-Conference honors. Schintz just missed Honorable Mention when his 84.1 average finished in 12th place. Dunbar ended in 16th place, and Kirkeide was 18th.

Buffalo took the overall conference title with an incredibly low 298 on the North Fork layout May 21. Leading the runner-up Bluejackets that day were Cox (76), Swanson (78), Schintz (80) and Kirkeide (85).

Mississippi 8 Boys Golf @ North Fork: Buffalo 298, Cambridge-Isanti 319, St. Michael-Alb. 324, St. Francis 324, Rogers 324, North Branch 330, Chisago Lakes 344, Monticello 344, Big Lake 348, Princeton 392.  M-8 East Final: Cambridge-Isanti 62 pts, North Branch 56, Chisago Lakes 54, St. Francis 38, Princeton 0.

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