Starting the season off in a 10 team individual April 11 in Spring Valley, the Elk Mound golf team finished ninth then started conference play on their home course at Whitetail Golf Course placing fifth April 13. They then hosted the match at Whitetail three days later and placed fifth again in the six team conference match.
Tim Lambele was low man for the Mounders with a round of 113 for the 18 hole match. Jameson Rubenzer was just a stroke behind at 114 followed by Mark Dickinsen with a 123, Corey Hagberg at 126 and Jonah LaRock at 131. Spring Valley’s Tyler Leach was the medalist with a 71 while Somerset won the team title with a score of 333. Elk Mound’s team total was 476.
“This was a good experience for our team to play a tournament before we started conference competition,” Mounder coach Annie Kongshaug said.
Playing the front nine holes at Whitetail, Rubenzer led the Mounders with a 21st place, shooting a 50 which was 13 strokes behind the winner Leach of Spring Valley. Lambele was 24th with a 53, LaRock and Dickinsen both shot a 55 for the day for 26th and 27th place and Hagberg was 29th with his score of 60.
Hosting their first meet in their second year of varsity competition, the six teams played the back nine holes at Whitetail. The course proved to be pretty challenging for the Mounders according to Kongshaug, as all five of her golfers finished between 24th and 29th place individually.
Hagberg turned things around from the previous meet by carding a 53 to lead the Mounders while Rubenzer was a stroke behind with his 54. LaRock ended the day with a 57 and Dickinsen shot a 58 and Lambele a 60. Leach and Jake Hierleier of Glenwood City tied for medalist honors with a 39.
“We are looking forward to improving in our next meet at Glen Hills in Glenwood City April 20,” Kongshaug said.