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The clubs continue to heat up for the Topper golfers

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Hilltoppers were back on the links on Tuesday, April 22 with a conference meet in Mondovi at the Valley Golf Course.

They then participated in a two day tournament on Friday and Saturday between the Hammond and Somerset courses.

Conference reign continues

The Toppers continued to top the conference for the third week in a row after their nine-hole performance in Mondovi. The team scored a 165 for first place with Mondovi following at 183.

Jake Hierlmeier took the top honors once again after his exceptional round of 37, which earned him ten team points.

He had a solid showing on holes one and two as he shot birdies with three strokes taken on hole one and two on hole two. He bogeyed hole three, but recovered with a birdie on hole four. He then bogeyed hole five and shot par on hole six. He finished with a bogey on seven, birdie on eight and double birdie on nine.

Teammates Garrett Schemionek and Nathan Mrdutt were the next closest in strokes taken as they each finished with 41, which earned them nine points a piece. Nick Mrdutt followed with a round of 46 and Jordan Hill completed the five man team with a 52.

Weekend tournament

The Toppers had an excellent showing over the weekend at the two day tournament between the Hammond and Somerset golf courses. They placed second as a team against 12 other teams that participated.

First place went to Somerset with a total of 677, just 11 strokes ahead of the Toppers who finished with a 688.

The Osceola team was on the fast track to place first overall, but two of their players were unable to finish the second day due to prom activities on Saturday.

Individually, Hierlmeier also took a second place with a total of 161. First place went to Dan Cronick of Osceola who finished with 156 strokes.

Nick Mrdutt also placed in the top ten with a ninth place finish out of the 56 participants. He golfed an 84 the first day and then an 85 in Somerset for a total of 169.

His brother, Nathan Mrdutt was four strokes behind with a finish of 185 after hitting an 87 in Hammond and then an 86 in Somerset.

Schemionek followed in fourth for the Toppers with a two day round of 185 and then Hill finished with a total of 220 strokes taken.

“It was a great experience for the team in golfing with bigger schools around the area, just to see where we compare to those schools,” shared coach Ron Johnson.

Weather permitting, the Toppers were scheduled to compete in Spring Valley on Tuesday (April 29) and then again on Wednesday in Colfax.

If the course is dry enough for competition, the team will then host their own conference meet this Friday (May 2) starting at 4:30 p.m.