Trojan boys finish 4th in Missota golf

Trojan Austin Kottke looks over a putt at the New Prague Golf Club Friday, May 17. To see more photos  click on the blue button, lower right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague High School boys golf team completed a long stretch of competition Monday with the Missota Conference Championships at the Red Wing Golf Club.

The Trojans placed sixth at the championship meet, and placed fourth in the final conference standings. Chanhassen won the meet with a 302, with Chaska and Shakopee tied for second at 324. Next was Red Wing and Farmington (328), New Prague (338), Northfield (340) and Holy Angels (358).

Chanhassen won the championship based on results from five meets during the abbreviated season.

The Trojans’ Jack Pexa shot a 77 to tie for fifth at the meet. He earned All-Missota honors for the sixth straight year. He golfed for Shakopee in seventh and eighth grade before moving to New Prague for his final four years of competition.

Other Trojan scores at the championship meet were James Brod (86), Austin Kottke (87), Connor Amundsen and Michael Geiger (88) and Kaleb Gregor (96).

Brod, Kottke and Jake Witt earned Missota honorable mention.

The Trojans also had four other meets last week, at Fountain Valley in Farmington, at Stonebrooke in Shakopee, a home meet at the New Prague Golf Club and at Owatonna.

at Fountain Valley Pexa was medallist and New Prague finished in second place, just one shot behind Chanhassen in a conference meet at Farmington.

Pexa carded a 71, with James Brod finishing onestroke back with a careerbest 72. Witt had a 75. Other Trojans scoring were Kottke (81), Geiger (82) and Amundsen (85).

“It was a heck of a match for our team,” coach Dan Puls said. “We had three guys score in the 70s. Unfortunately, Chanhassen had four.

“Still, it gives us some confidence that we can hold our own with Chanhassen, which has a great squad,” Puls added.

at Stonebrooke GC No information was available on the Trojan’s Missota match at Stonebrooke GC on Thursday.

at New Prague GC New Prague had four of the top six scores as they won their home invitational Friday, May 17.

The meet had been rescheduled several times due to weather since its orginal date of April 26. The field of competitors was also changed due to the multiple rescheduling.

New Prague had a 319 to take first place. Prior Lake was second at 335, followed by Jordan (364), Watertown- Mayer (408) and Belle Plaine (409).

Pexa shot a 3-over par 74 on a cold, windy day to take medallist honors. Kottke was second at 76, followed by Witt (84), Amundsen (85), Brod (86) and Geiger (89).

at Owatonna CC The Trojans shot a 335 to tie with Rochester Lourdes for fifth place at the 10-team Owatonna Invitational Saturday, May 18.

Pexa tied for fourth with a 77. Other scores for New Prague were by Kottke (83), Brod (85), Geiger (90) and Amundsen (93).

Owatonna won the meet with a 307. Bloomington Jefferson was second at 310, followed by Marshall (321), Prior Lake (334), New Prague and Lourdes (335), Decorah, IA (337), Northfield (361), Owatonna Silver (374) and Bloomington Kennedy (397).

Two meets coming up The Trojans have two meets coming up in the next week. On Friday, May 24, they host Mankato East in a dual meet at New Prague Golf Club. On Tuesday, May 28, they will play at the Prior Lake Invitational at The Wilds GC.

The Section 2AAA Golf Meet will be played Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Club in Jordan.