C-I golfers stand out at sections

Cambridge-Isanti Girls Golf
The Cambridge-Isanti girls golf team saw the 2017 season come to an end, but they did not go down without a fight.

From left are C-I golfers Ryan Vick, Seth Kirkeide and Orion Collins at Grand National on June 3. Photo supplied

On June 1, the girls traveled to Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley for the first round of the Section 7AAA tournament.
The young team gained some valuable experience as they shot a 375 as a team. Their score earned them fifth place out of 12 teams.

Head coach Steve Hansen was thrilled with how his golfers performed this season.

]“The overall season turned out much better than expected. I had told the girls that each one had to shoot about 10 strokes lower than last year to make up for losing our three-time state tournament player (Jade Newman) to graduation, and they did just that. Our young girls came through with some nice rounds, MollyAnn played really well most of the season and Sam and Jazzy were consistent. We will miss the leadership of our senior captain Ashley Nyblom but if the girls realize how much better they can get by playing a bunch this summer, we could be a lot better next year,” he said.

The team may have finished in fifth, but they did send two golfers on to the final round, junior Sam Brown and eighth-grader Jasmyn Sibell.

While neither of them qualified for the state tournament, Hanson was pleased to see how they handled the big stage.

“It was great to see Sam and Jazzy play well enough to come back the second day where they both shot identical scores. A good experience for them and they did a good job handling the pressure,” he added.

Cambridge-Isanti Boys Golf
The Cambridge-Isanti boys golf team held their own during the Section 7AAA tournament in Hinckley on June 1.

The team finished just shy of moving on to the second round, as they shot a 319 on day one. Their day two score of 375 put them in sixth-place out of 12 teams.

C-I junior Jazzy Sibell at Grand National on June 3. Photo by Mike Bleninger

The boys may not have moved on as a team, but they did send three golfers to the second round on June 3, seniors Seth Kirkeide and Ryan Vick were joined by junior Orion Collins.

Even though they did not advance to state, the three played well in round two, all shooting in the 70s. Vick at 79, Kirkeide at 75, and Collins who finished one shot shy of going to state with a 72.

While the team will be forced to call it a season, head coach Michael Hennen could not be more pleased with how his team preformed.

“We always want to be playing our best golf at the end of the season and by far we played our best team golf at the end of the season. We are going to miss our seniors Seth Kirkeide, Gavin Lillemoen, Trevor Peterson and Ryan Vick as they will be hard to replace next season. All four are outstanding golfers, but also outstanding young men,” he said.