Pioneers set to defend their conference golf title

The Hill-Murray boys golf team enters the 2016 season as the defending Metro East Conference champion. The Pioneers return only two letter winners from last year’s squad so there are some unknowns this spring.

First-year head coach Steve Martin inherits a team that he feels can once again challenge for the conference title.

Leading the way this spring is senior Sam Carlson, an All-Conference honorable mention selection who qualified for the state tournament last season. 

Carlson finished in a five-way tie for 23rd place at the Class AAA state tournament with a two-day score of 155. He shot 81 on day one and dropped that score down to 74 on day two.

Carlson got the 2016 season off to a memorable start by scoring a hole-in-one on No. 8 at Goodrich Golf Course on the first day of practice back on March 21.

Also returning for Hill-Murray this season is eighth-grader Ben Warian. Like Carlson, he earned honorable mention All-Conference status last season.

The rest of the varsity lineup will be made up of some of the dozen other returning players who have little to no varsity experience. 

Hill-Murray played in three events last week and has two on the schedule this week. The Pioneers take on Simley and North High at Inverwood Golf Course on April 19 and host Hastings and Simley at Hillcrest Country Club on April 21.

Martin named St. Thomas Academy, Simley, Hastings and Mahtomedi and teams to watch out for in the Metro East Conference this season.

When Carlson went to state last year, he played at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. A trip to state for any Pioneers this season will involve a trip to a different location.

That’s because Hill-Murray moved from Class AAA to Class AA for at least the next two seasons. The Class AA state tournament is held at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.




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