The New Life Academy boys golf team were leading by one point over Legacy Christian in the conference standings heading into Wednesday's final match of the season. There were 18 holes played at Eagle Valley as the teams played two nine-hole matches.
In the first nine holes, Legacy took a two-stroke lead to earn first over second-place New Life. That win gave Legacy the lead in the conference standings.
Cole Witherow led the Eagles in the first nine holes with a score of 40, while Jayce Thompson was right behind him with a 41. Saren Hoien and Cooper St. Cyr rounded out the team with scores of 44 and 45 respectively to give the Eagles a team score of 170.
The Eagles had to win the back nine holes to give them a chance for the conference title. In the back nine holes, Jackson George led the team with a 40. Witherow was right behind him with a 41.
Thompson and Tyler Hullett each scored a 44 to give New Life a team score of 169. That score was three strokes better than Legacy as the Eagles claimed the top spot in the final nine holes.
That first-place finish bumped the Eagles up to first place in the conference standings as New Life Academy boys golf earned the conference championship on Wednesday.
New Life will look to take that momentum into the section matches next week.
It was a battle for second place between Woodbury and East Ridge on Monday at Stillwater Country Club.
The two teams competed in another conference match and the Royals were able to hold a small lead over the Raptors for a second-place finish.
Woodbury ended the day with a score of 310, while East Ridge scored a team score of 312 for third place. Stillwater finished on top once again with a team score of 299.
The Royals were consistent from top to bottom with five of the six golfers scoring in the 70's. Ryan Muzzy and Christopher Mahady led the team with a score of 77 for each of them.
Willie Price and Parker Sands were right behind them with a score of 78 each, while Carter Spalding was right behind them with a score of 79. Luke Danielson rounded out the Royals with a score of 88.
East Ridge was also a consistent team with all of its golfers scoring between 73 and 83. Justin Luan led the Raptors with a score of 73.
Aaron Beissler finished the day with a score of 79, while Reece Hoyme and Tyler Wenshau each scored an 80. Caden Pratt finished Monday with an 81 and Alex Venne rounded out the day with an 83 for the Raptors.
Woodbury and East Ridge will head to different tournaments later this week before preparing for the conference championship next week. Woodbury will head to Rochester Eastwood Golf Course on Wednesday, May 15 at noon. East Ridge will head to Chaska and Chaska Town Course on Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m.
NLA takes third in Elk River
The New Life Academy boys traveled to Elk River and took third as a team on Monday.
Jackson George and Cole Witherow led the team with scores of 44 and 46. Jayce Thompson and Tyler Hullett rounded out the scores as they each scored a 47.