Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jahnke Makes 2 Eagles, Is Tied for 1st with 68 in Minnesota Golf Classic

September 10, 2022
By Michael R Fermoyle

MAPLE PLAIN -- They had a shotgun start on Saturday in first round of the Minnesota Golf Classic, and Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Cole Jahnke began his day on the second hole at Pioneer Creek GC. Ten holes later, he was 1 over par. But the senior from Stillwater made two eagles and two birdies in the next seven holes, plus two pars and a bogey, and he capped off the round with a par at the first hole. 

All of which worked out to a 4-under 68, and Jahnke, a 2022 Division III All-American, is tied for the lead with three Division I players -- Kurtis Grant IWest Virginia), Angelo Marcon (Notre Dame) and Hayden Carner (Georgia Southern).

You could think of Grant, Macron and Carner as being on loan from another tournament that will be going on Sunday and Monday -- the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm -- because all three of their teams will be playing there. But the three of them are playing as individuals only at Pioneer Creek in the Classic.

Trey Bosco of Baylor is one shot behind, at 69, in a three-way tie for fifth, along with Zach Sokolosky of Kansas and Conor Schubring of Bethel. 

Baylor is another of the teams in the Gopher Invitational (so is Kansas), but the Bears brought three extra players to Minnesota. All three are in the top 15 so far. In addition to Bosco in the fifth-place tie at 69, his teammates Jonas Appel and Sam Dossey are tied for eighth with 70s. If Baylor had a fourth player in the tournament, and he had shot 73 or better on Saturday, the Bears would be leading the team standings

As it is, Bethel is in first place with a total of 283 (5 under) going into Sunday's final two rounds. Luther is second, nine behind at 292. Gustavus Adolphus is third at 296, and defending champion St. John's is fourth at 298. Eau Claire is another two back at 300, in fifth place, just ahead of Carleton at 301. 

St. John's won the Augsburg Invitational last week at Majestic Oaks. It was the season-opening tournament for many of the teams in the field this week. Schubring was a co-leader after the first round with a 71, and he ended up being the the medalist with a 142 (2 under) for 36 holes. He would have been the first-round leader again at Pioneer Creek -- if he hadn't made a double-bogey 7 on the 573-yard, par-5 18th hole, which was his last on Saturday.

As for Jahnke, who finished sixth in the NCAA Division III Championships this spring, he began his sprint to the finish line on Sunday by making a 2 at Pioneer Creek's 371-yard, par-4 12th hole. He birdied the par-5 14th (597 yards), but followed it with a bogey at the par-4 15th (440 yards). That proved to be just a bump in he road, because he birdied the 310-yard, par-4 16th, parred the par-3 17th (182) and made another eagle at the 18th.    

Minnesota Golf Classic 

At Pioneer Creek Golf Course

Par 72, 6,953 yards

Maple Plain

First-round results 

1. Bethel (1)                         283

2. Luther                              292

3. Gustavus Adolphus (1)   296

4. St. John's (1)                   298

5. 5. Wis.-Eau Claire  (1)     300

6. Carleton                           301

7. Alexandria Tech               305

T8. St. John's (2)                 307

T8. Wisconsin-Stout            307

T10. Bethel (2)                     311 

T10. Augsburg                     311

T10. St. Olaf                        311

13. Macalester                     312

14. Gustavus (2)                  315

15. Wis.-Eau Claire              319


T1. Cole Jahnke, Wis.-Eau Claire        68

T1. Kurtis Grant, West Virginia             68

T1. Angelo Marcon, Notre Dame         68

T1. Hayden Carner, Ga. Southern       68

T5. Conor Schubring, Bethel               69

T5. Trey Bosco, Baylor                        69

T5. Zach Sokolosky, Kansas               69

T8. Brendan Hansen, Rutgers            70

T8. Lukas Pany, Iowa State                70

T8. Sam Dossey, Baylor                     70

T8. Jonas Appel, Baylor                     70

T8. Jacob Hall, St. John's                  70

T8. Jay Fjelstul, Luther                      70 

T8. Jacob Hall, Bethel                       70

Michael R Fermoyle

Mike Fermoyle’s amateur golf career features state titles in five different decades, beginning with the State Public Links (1969), three State Amateurs (1970, 1973 and 1980), and four State Four-Ball championships (1972, 1985, 1993 and 2001). Fermoyle was medalist at the Pine to Palm in 1971, won the Resorters in 1972, made the cut at the State Amateur 18 consecutive years (1969 to 1986), the last being 2000, and amassed 13 top-ten finishes. Fermoyle also made it to the semi-final matches at the MGA’s annual match play championship, the Players’, in 1982 and 1987.

Fermoyle enjoyed a career as a sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch before retiring in 2006. Two years later he began a second career covering the golf beat exclusively for the MGA and its website, mngolf.org, where he ranks individual prep golfers and teams, provides coverage on local amateur and professional tournaments and keeps tabs on how Minnesotans are faring on the various professional tours.

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