Baldus lifts Cards to invite title

ST. PETER – The Fairmont Cardinal boys golf team opened its season with a victory, winning the St. Peter Invitational with a team score of 339 on Monday at Shoreland Country Club in St. Peter.

Senior standout Josh Baldus earned top individual medalist honors by carding a season-opening, 18-hole round of 42-36-78, that included six pars, to pace Fairmont’s winning team performance.

Senior Carter Welchlin finished second overall in the tournament with a score of 42-42-84 en route to recording the lone Cardinal birdie of the day on the par-5, No. 15 hole.

Joe Nordquist finished fourth overall with his four-par round of 42-45-87 and Derrick Hohensee’s 45-45-90 rounded out Fairmont’s counting scores.

Cole Huinker finished his opening round with a 49-44-93, while Marcus Wiebe rounded out Fairmont’s effort with a 52-54-106.

Fairmont plays host to New Ulm and Hermantown in a 4:15 p.m. triangular meet on Friday at Interlaken Golf Club.

St. Peter Invite

Team Standings: 1. Fairmont 339; 2. St. Peter Blue 356; 3. St. Peter White 387; 4. Belle Plaine 399; 5. Maple River 409; 6. St. Peter Red 460.

Individual Results: 1. Josh Baldus (F) 42-36-78; 2. Carter Welchlin (F) 42-42-84; 3. Zander Stier (BP) 48-38-86; 4. Joe Nordquist (F) 42-45-87; 5. Brad Rice (SPB) 43-45-88; 6. Arik Lokensgard (SPB) 43-45-88; 7. Peter Kruize (SPB) 46-43-89; 8. Derrick Hohensee (F) 45-45-90; 9. Killian Bixby (SPW) 46-44-90; 10. Erik Thorkelson (SPB) 46-45-91.

Other Fairmont Scores: Cole Huinker 49-44-93; Marcus Wiebe 52-54-106.

USC 161, MCW 177, GHEC 202 (Boys) – Martin County West junior Cordell Weber carded a nine-hole round of 35 to earn medalist honors in triangular golf action against United South Central and Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.

Nate Pederson and Ryan Pederson scored a 37 and a 39 to steer the Rebels to a winning team total of 161, while Nick Neubauer and Seth Olson completed the counting scores at 41 and 44, respectively.

Cobi Bullerman rounded out USC’s efforts with a round of 47.

Connor Anderson and Tyson Crosby helped Weber in the Mavericks’ second-place team score of 177 with rounds of 45 and 47, respectively. Jacob Ebeling completed the counting totals by carding a 50.

Hunter Olson and Kevin Phillip rounded out the Mavericks’ efforts, scoring a 51 and a 54, respectively.

Michael Dallager and Logan Pytleski tied with rounds of 48 to lead the Mustang’s team score of 202. Anthony True and Tyler Mathiason completed the team score, coming in with 50 and 56, respectively.

Eian Denton and Chris Crissinger rounded out the Mustangs’ efforts, carding 65 and 69, respectively.

USC 199, MCW 214 (Girls) – Ali Wood garnered medalist honors with a 44 to pace the Rebels’ 199-214 victory over the Mavericks on Monday at Rose Lake Golf Course.

Veronica Schindler, Claire Christian and Isabella Schindler rounded out USC’s winning ways with rounds of 48, 50 and 55, respectively.

Kaleigh Russenberger scored a 51 to top the Mavericks, while teammate Morgan Larson scored a 52. Jennifer Peterson and Kelci Russenberger completed the counting scores with rounds of 54 and 57, respectively.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain travels to Madelia for a 4:15 p.m. Valley Conference meet today.

Martin County West will play Southwest United at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

New Ulm 161, Blue Earth Area 192 (Boys) – The Eagles’ Colin Huffman carded a 40 to lead the Eagles to a 167-192 South Central Conference victory over the Bucs at the New Ulm Country Club on Monday.

Eagle teammates Kelton Schmitz and Josh Cooper both carded 42s to add to the Eagles’ winning ways, while Ethan Kraus and Matt Saffert each carded 43s.

Jonah Cooper added a 51 for New Ulm.

Zach Curtis scored a 45 to top the Buc golfers, while Taylor Olson scored a 47.

Trevor Zierke and Connor Thieldfoldt each scored a 50 to complete Blue Earth Area’s counting marks.

Logan Jacobs and Lane Anderson rounded out the Bucs’ efforts with a 52 and a 57, respectively.

Blue Earth Area competes in the Cardinal Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.