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Boys golf: Holmes still looking for consistent varsity lineup to emerge

With youth comes inconsistency.

That's become quite clear for first-year Farmington boys golf coach Jon Holmes, who has yet to fill out the same top six for any of his team's meets so far this year.

The Tigers' latest lineup featured a junior and five sophomores and resulted in a ninth-place finish out of 10 teams at Saturday's Dakota County Invite at Emerald Greens Golf Course.

"It seems as if right now everyone is able to shoot well or not so well," Holmes said. "Such is golf life when you have a young team. Hopefully some of the players will step up their games in the next couple of weeks so we can solidify a section roster and not draw names out of a hat and hope."

The Tigers shot a team score of 347 on Saturday, led by Cooper Loew's 18-hole round of 82. Victor Simones came back from illness to card an 86, Tommy May carded an 88 and Mitch Reed rounded out the top four with a 91.

Jake Hanson (92) and Ryan Kelly (97) rounded out the top six.

Three days earlier, Farmington wound up seventh out of eight teams at a Missota Conference meet at New Prague with a score of 361.

Kelly emerged to lead the team with an 88, with senior Brandon Beers one stroke back at 89. Loew and Matt Provost each carded 92s, May added a 93 and Mike Dalhed turned in a 100.

The Farmington JV top four combined on a team score of 351, with Simones earning medalist honors with a round of 82.

Led by May's round of 79, the Tigers placed seventh out of 10 teams with a score of 338 at last Tuesday's Red Wing Invite at Mississippi National.

Dalhed followed May with a round of 83, Kelly supplied an 85 and Loew completed the varsity top four with a 91. Reed (94) and Trevor Hockert (97) rounded out the ever-changing lineup.

"This team has a bright future with a lot of talent," Holmes said. "It will just be a matter of time as to how long it takes before we start posting some low numbers. In order to do so we will also need to play a lot of golf this summer."