DEER GROVE – St. Bede got a 37 from Nathan Potthoff and matching 39s from Trenton Auclin and Brendon Pillion to beat Fulton by six strokes on Thursday at Deer Valley in a Three Rivers Conference boys golf triangular. Morrison shot a 196.
Potthoff and Fulton's Josh VanderPloeg tied for medalist honors. VanderPloeg, starting his round on No. 4, opened his day with three-putts on two of his first three holes, but got things together after that.
"I just made some really good recoveries," he said. "I kind of got lost a couple times, but then I was able to find the green and save myself there.
Players played No. 17 and No. 18 on Thursday in place of Nos. 8 and 9, and on the 17th VanderPloeg birdied the par-4.
"I pulled my driver left, so I was up on the hill in the rough," he said. "I was just trying to play passive and wasn't trying to attack it with my wedge. I had 108 yards in and stuck it to three feet and just made the putt."
Potthoff also struggled some early in the round. He started his round with a par on hole No. 5, but had a five-footer for birdie that he missed. He followed that soon after with a bogey.
"I was just in trouble. I couldn't get a swing down," he said. "On the 17th, I made good consecutive shots, and then No. 18 I birdied. That really helped me go through."
He made another long birdie putt on the par-five third later in his round.
Fulton also got a 41 from Patrick Wiebenga, a 45 from Ian Wiebenga and a 42 from Kyle Meinema. Landen Myers (47) and Aiden Daley (52) also played.
Patrick Wiebenga's day started with a pair of bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 before starting to turn things around.
"I was just focused on keeping the ball in play," he said. "I missed two short putts the first two holes, which was really disappointing, then I hit one into the lateral [hazard] on my third hole. I put it on the green and two-putted, but that was a good bounce-back."
The Mustangs were led by Beau Brackemeyer, who shot a 43. He opened his round with a seven on the par-5 third, but finished in style with a birdie on the 165-yard par-3 second.
"I hit it into the no-mow with a 9-iron, and it was kind of hard to come back to, and I was thinking, 'This is going to be an interesting chip right here,' " he said. "People I was playing with were saying, 'If anyone can pull this off, it's going to be you,' and I just tried my best and chipping from the no-mow, from 50, 60 feet out, I ended up chipping it in. It was a great way to end the day."
I was the same hole Fulton's Ian Wiebenga birdied a few minutes earlier.
"I hit an 8-iron off the tee, 160 into the wind," he said. "I put it within 10 feet and just made the putt."
Morrison also got a 44 from Isaac Melton, a 54 from Danny Mouw and a 55 from Mason Dykstra. Nate Helms (59) and David Stralow (65) also competed.
St. Bede's other score were 39s by Brenden Pillion and Trenton Acuncious, 44s from Jake Delaney and Owen Espel, and a 46 by Logan Humpage.