NORTH MANKATO - Cordell Weber saved the best 18-hole round of his already outstanding high school golf career for Monday's Section 2A Meet.
The Martin County West sophomore standout blistered the North Links Golf Course for a 3-under par 69 to successfully defend his sectional individual championship in North Mankato.
Weber produced half of his meet-best six birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 6 before doing likewise on Nos. 10, 11 and 13. The Maverick golf maven also produced nine pars en route to a first-place 35-34-69.
Stately Siblings - Martin County West golfer Cordell Weber hits an approach shot from the fairway at North Links Golf Course during Monday’s Section 2A Meet in North Mankato Weber went on to win the sectional championship to earn a Class A state individual bid.
"I really didn't hit my irons well today, but my putter got me out of any trouble I got into," said Weber. "I hit most of my approaches close to the hole, leaving me with a lot of short putts."
Cordell Weber, who placed 12th during the 2011 Class A state meet, and this year's Class A state boys field will tee off at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
But Cordell Weber will not be alone as younger sibling, Martin County West eighth-grade phenom Logan Weber, and Granada-Huntley-East Chain senior standout Chelsea Green also return to the state competition next week.
Green, a perennial Class A state individual qualifier, carded a round of 47-43-90 to share the No. 3 overall spot with Carissa Hillmer - 45-45-90 - who helped guide Sleepy Eye Public to the Section 2A girls golf team championship Monday.
Green connected for par on Nos. 6, 12, 13 and 16 to highlight her low-scoring ways at North Links Golf Course. Green, who tied for 37th place at state a year ago, and the Class A state girls golf field tees off at 7:30 a.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club.
Logan Weber, who netted 44th place during her initial state appearance in 2011, shared the No. 5 spot overall with section team champion member Emily Curtis (48-44-92) and United South Central's Veronica Schindler (47-45-92) during Monday's competition.
Weber penciled in a 48-44-92, including a birdie on the par-4 10th hole and a par on No. 16, to earn her second consecutive trip to state.
Logan Weber's 92 also topped the Mavericks' fourth-place team total of 438. Morgan Larson fired a 51-58-109 for MCW, while teammate Kelci Russenberger contributed a 53-56-109. Jennifer Petersen generated a 52-76-128 to complete the Mavericks' counting scores.
Kaleigh Russenberger (72-75-147) and Bailey Olson (85-80-165) rounded out MCW's team effort.
Lauren Laffen bounced back from a back-nine score of 51 to fire an incredible 38 on the front side to post the No. 2 overall best girls round at 89 to pace Sleepy Eye Public's sectional team championship total of 368.
Laffen (89), Hillmer (90) and Curtis (92) were joined by Karrah Remus' 48-49-97 to cap the Indians' low-scoring team performance.
Junior standout Ali Wood duplicated her individual section championship by firing a 42-46-88 to guide USC to runner-up team accolades with a 397. Ironically, USC won the girls sectional team crown in 2011, while Sleepy Eye Public took the boys team title last spring, but the tables were turned on Monday.
Cousins Ryan Pederson and Nate Pederson delivered low-scoring rounds of 38-38-76 and 36-42-78, respectively, to power USC to the sectional boys team championship and a state bid with a 320 - 15 strokes better than runner-up Bethlehem Academy. Freddie Rostand recorded a 39-40-79 to pace BA's effort on the section meet.
"That's our season-low score by about 26 shots, I believe," said USC golf mentor Brad Huse. "That's the first time this season that the Pedersons have both gone under 80 on the same day. Incredible."
Mikail Sellner fired an incredible round of 38-37-75, only to be overshadowed by Cordell Weber's stunning sub-70 medalist performance, in pacing Sleepy Eye St. Mary's third-place team sectional score of 341. Sellner, however, earned an individual state bid with his No. 2 overall low-scoring round.
Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton's Ben Schuller tallied a 40-40-80 to net the fourth individual state boys bid, while Madelia's Jordan Henry sank a birdie during a one-hole playoff with Sleepy Eye St. Mary's C.J. Windschitl to earn the fifth and final trip to state. Henry carded a 42-39-81 to steer Madelia to a fourth-place team sectional total of 352.
Mike Pace (44-41-85), Mike Sorenson (46-43-89) and Tate Myers (48-49-97) rounded out Madelia's counting scores, while Zach Baumgartner (51-48-99) and Devin Ulmen (53-49-102) completed the Blackhawks' effort.
USC's Kyley Bullerman carded a 50-44-94 to earn the fifth and final individual girls state bid.
GHEC senior standout Dylan Celander closed out his prep career by firing a 46-43-89, including five pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 2 hole.
MCW's Connor Anderson and Spencer Shade capped their successful seasons by shooting a 42-47-89 and a 51-43-94, respectively. Anderson and Shade each produced six pars on their sectional rounds.
SECTION 2A GOLF MEET
At North Links Golf Course
Girls Team Standings (Champion advances to state): 1. Sleepy Eye Public 368; 2. United South Central 397; 3. New Ulm Cathedral 409; 4. Martin County West 438.
Top 5 Individuals (Top 5 non-members of winning team also advance to state): 1. Ali Wood (USC) 42-46-88; 2. Lauren Laffen (SE) 38-51-89; 3. (tie) Chelsea Green (Granada-Huntley-East Chain) 47-43-90 and Carissa Hillmer (SE) 45-45-90; 5. (tie) Logan Weber (MCW) 48-44-92, Veronica Schindler (USC) 47-45-92 and Emily Curtis (SE) 48-44-92.
Other state qualifier: Kyley Bullerman (USC) 50-44-94.
Sleepy Eye (368): Lauren Laffen 38-51-89; Carissa Hillmer 45-45-90; Emily Curtis 48-44-92; Karrah Remus 48-49-97; Anna Ibberson 54-52-106; Aileen Roman 65-57-122.
USC (397): Ali Wood 42-46-88; Veronica Schindler 47-45-92; Kyley Bullerman 50-44-94; Isabel Schindler 64-59-123; Katelyn Loegering 66-58-124.
New Ulm Cathedral (409): Brooke Dummer 52-45-97; Courtney Berg 50-50-100; Megan Laraway 56-47-103; Meghan O'Brien 49-60-109; Ellie Dittrich 57-53-110; Jordan Bode 61-65-126.
Martin County West (438): Logan Weber 48-44-92; Morgan Larson 51-58-109; Kelci Russenberger 53-56-109; Jennifer Petersen 52-76-128; Kaleigh Russenberger 72-75-147; Bailey Olson 85-80-165.
Boys Team Standings (Champion advances to state): 1. USC 320; 2. Bethlehem Academy 335; 3. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 341; 4. Madelia 352.
Top 5 Individuals (Top 5 non-members of winning team also advance to state): 1. Cordell Weber (MCW) 35-34-69; 2. Mikail Sellner (SESM) 38-37-75; 3. Ryan Pederson (USC) 38-38-76; 4. Nate Pederson (USC) 36-42-78; 5. Freddie Rostand (BA) 39-40-79.
Other state qualifiers: Ben Schuller (Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton) 40-40-80; * (won 1-hole playoff) Jordan Henry (Madelia) 42-39-81.
USC (320): Ryan Pederson 38-38-76; Nate Pederson 36-42-78; Seth Olson 41-42-83; Nick Neubauer 44-39-83; Brett Ulrich 44-43-87; Cobi Bullerman 50-43-93.
Bethlehem Academy (335): Freddie Rostand 39-40-79; Jake Murray 42-41-83; Jack Ford 44-42-86; Ben Allen 41-46-87; Luke Ford 49-42-91.
SESM (341): Mikail Sellner 38-37-75; C.J. Windschitl 42-39-81; Jon Milliard 47-43-90; Ryan Henrichs 47-48-95; Kansas Adams 48-51-99; John Brandl 51-55-106.
Madelia (352): Jordan Henry 42-39-81; Mike Pace 44-41-85; Mike Sorenson 46-43-89; Tate Myers 48-49-97; Zach Baumgartner 51-48-99; Devin Ulmen 53-49-102.