Tigers boys’ golf takes fourth at Marshall Invite

Published 12:50 am Sunday, April 18, 2010

Part of the plan for the Albert Lea boys’ golf team’s trip to the Marshall Invite Saturday was to see how the Tigers stacked up against some top tier competition, but once they got their very little went according to plan.

Albert Lea faced Fairmont, last year’s Class 2A fourth-place finisher, and perennial powers Marshall and Mankato West and Tigers head coach Riley Worth expected his team to compete with those teams, but Albert Lea fell well behind those three.

The Tigers shot 331 to finish fourth behind Fairmont, which won the meet with a 314, Marshall, which shot 315 and West, which shot 317.

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“Tyler Haaland said it best, ‘I think I could have shot better the second time I saw that course,’” Worth said.

Worth said he saw players hit into water hazards they didn’t think came into play and played an otherwise flawed round.

Senior Tyler Brackey finished 5-over with a 77 and Haaland shot 81. Senior Sam Matheson shot 83 and Brady Falk added a 90. Brackey finished fourth overall.

Albert Lea had a player disqualified after a score was recorded wrong, which affected the team’s score and the Tigers played without starter Casey Marka, who missed the meet because of a college entrance exam.