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Rosemount boys' golf season ends at section meet

Junior Ethan Schnichels qualified for day two of the Section 3AAA meet on June 3 as an individual and went on to shoot a two-day score of 160 for the Irish to finish in a tie-for-18th. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Freshman Owen Rexing was one of two Irish golfers who qualified for day two of the Section 3AAA meet May 30 and June 3 as individuals, shot a two-day score of 153 to finish eighth and was one shot away from a playoff that decided who would go to state. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Rosemount Irish boys' golf team saw their season end at the Section 3AAA golf meet held at Bunker Hills Golf Club—also the site of the Class AAA boys' and girls' state tournaments—May 31 and June 3. The Irish were four strokes as a team from advancing to day two after shooting an 18-hole score of 321, but two individuals—junior Ethan Schnichels and freshman Owen Rexing—qualified for day two as individuals. Schnichels posted a day one score of 75 and Rexing shot a 77.

"On day one, Ethan finished his first nine holes at an impressive 1-under 35," head coach Todd Farrington said. "He found some trouble on two holes on his second nine, but responded very well to finish at 3-over. Owen, who has been our most consistent golfer all year, played very well both days. He was able to get off the tee very well and hit a high percentage of his greens in regulation."

However, day two saw a change in the weather and some added difficulty.

"Day two proved to be more challenging and the winds picked up," Farrington said. "Ethan couldn't get going with his putter and shot an 85 for a two-day total of 160. Owen missed out on a playoff to go to state by one stroke. He shot a second-day 76 to finish with a two-day total of 153."

Freshman Will Pasch was Rosemount's next leading golfer on day one with a 12-over-par 84, junior Luke Rexing and senior Nathan Roberts were right behind him, both coming in with an 85 and junior Austin Selchow added an 87. The four scores which counted toward the Irish team total were Schnichels, Owen Rexing, Pasch and Roberts.

"Our section is arguably one of the best in the state and St. Thomas (Academy) won our section again," Farrington said. "I am so very proud of our program. We have a large program full of high character young men. We had a very full schedule this spring and our young men demonstrated a great commitment to their academics with a team GPA over 3.4. The future looks very bright for the boys' golf program at RHS."

With Roberts as the lone senior that competed on the section roster, the Irish will most likely return the Rexings, Schnichels, Pasch and Selchow with another year of development under their belt. Like Farrington said, the future looks bright for the Irish.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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