Glenwood City collected two third-place finishes at a pair of Dunn-St. Croix Conference golf meets held last Monday, April 13 and Thursday, April 16 at the Whitetail Golf Course south of Colfax.
The Hilltoppers then followed up with an outstanding sixth-place performance at a two-day, 36-hole tournament held Friday, April 17 at Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond and Saturday, April 18 at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset.
Return to Whitetail
Despite a three-day hiatus, the Glenwood City golf team’s second conference go-around at Whitetail Golf Course on April 16 ended the same as it’s first – a third place finish in the six-team meet.
The Toppers, however, came much closer to winning the later meet as just two strokes separated the top three teams at the April 16 meet.
After Spring Valley and Mondovi bested Glenwood City by 11 and five strokes respectively in the opener, both squads came back to the field on Thursday. Mondovi took the win with a score of 170 followed by Spring Valley at 171 and Glenwood City tallied a 172.
St. Croix Central took fourth with a 190 followed by host Elk Mound at 222 and Colfax with a 223.
Glenwood City senior Jake Hierlmeier shared medalist honors (lowest individual score) with Spring Valley freshman Tyler Leach, who had taken the award at Monday’s meet. Both finished the nine-hole meet with scores of 39.
Mondovi’s Hayden Ford and Greg Poeschel both shot a 40 to lead the Buffaloes to the team victory.
Two other Hilltopper golfers cracked the top ten.
Juniors Garret Schemionek and Nathan Mrdutt finished fifth and sixth respectively. Schemionek shot a 43 and Mrdutt scored a 44.
Senior Bill Norenberg just missed a top ten finish by a single stroke when he tallied a 46 on the Whitetail course. Freshman Collin Schone shot a 50 to complete the Toppers’ varsity scoring.
D-SC Opener at Whitetail
Seniors Jake Hierlmeier and Bill Norenberg helped pace Glenwood City to a third-place showing in the Dunn-St. Croix conference’s 2015 golf opener hosted by Colfax at Whitetail Golf Course on Monday, April 13.
Hierlmeier shot a 38 in the nine-hole meet to lead the Hilltoppers’ varsity squad and finished second in the individual standings while Norenberg carded a 44 in his first varsity meet.
Glenwood City, who won all nine conference meets a year ago, tallied a team score of 173 Monday at Whitetail to finish 11 shots behind winner Spring Valley (162) and five off runner-up Mondovi (168). St. Croix Central finished fourth with 191 points followed by Elk Mound with 213 and Colfax at 219.
Freshman Tyler Leach led the Cardinals to victory with a top individual score of 37 and took medalist honors by one shot over Hierlmeier. Spring Valley also had two other golfers – Jason Richardson and Jordan Jensen, who both shot 39 – finish in the top five.
“Jake had a very nice meet to finish with a 38,” said Ron Johnson, Glenwood City head coach. “And Bill Norenberg got a nice 44 in his first varsity meet.”
The Toppers’ three other varsity linksters also tallied scores in the 40s. Nathan Mrdutt shot a 45, Garret Schemionek scored a 46 and freshman Collin Schone finished with a 48.
Despite the aid and warmth of a clear and bright spring sky, winds did hamper golf games.
“We kind of struggled in the windy conditions at Colfax,” noted Johnson following the team’s third-place finish.
“But it’s still early in the year, so we can work on the areas of the game that we are having problems with,” concluded Johnson. “So when conference, regionals, and sectionals get here, we are playing our best golf.”
In a grueling tournament, that stretched over two days (April 17 and 18) and two golf courses, and featured 19 teams from the Dunn-St. Croix, Middle Border, Lakeland, Cloverbelt and Heart O’ North conferences, the Hilltoppers emerged with the satisfaction of a well-earned sixth-place finish.
Jake Hierlmeier, who finished in a three-way split for ninth in the individual standings of more than one hundred golfers, shot a two-day total of 160 to lead Glenwood City’s squad. The senior was consistent on both courses as he shot an 81 at Pheasant Hills on Friday, April 17 and then shaved two strokes to card a 79 the following day at Somerset’s Bristol Ridge.
Junior Nathan Mrdutt finished just six strokes back of Hierlmeier and took 15th place after a personal best score of 75 in the opening day’s 18-hole event. Mrdutt shot a 91 the following day in Somerset to finish with a 166.
Garret Schemionek scored a 172 (84 at Pheasant Hills and 88 on Bristol Ridge) to finish third among Hilltopper golfers. Bill Norenberg shot a 190 after he carded 95 on both courses. Freshman Collin Schone shot a 102 and 104 for a tally of 206 while junior Nathan Hill hit for 215 (108 and 107) to round out the Toppers’ varsity line-up.
Team tallies were figured using all six of a team’s members. Normally, just the top five individual scores are counted toward the team score.
Glenwood City finished with a two-day total of 894. New Richmond prevailed in the team standings with a first-place tally of 828. Mondovi was runner-up with a 851, followed by Somerset at 855, Bloomer with a 875 and Tomah had 860 to complete the top five.
Others team scores were: Amery 930, Cumberland 940, Ellsworth 942, St. Croix Central 943, Baldwin-Woodville 951, Prescott 977, Osceola 994, Durand 1092, St. Croix Falls 1148, Clear Lake 1212, Colfax 1236, Altoona 1264 and Grantsburg 1438.