GC golfers win first meet, move into tie for second

Like Dorothy said, there is no place like home!

The Glenwood City golf team  won its first conference meet of the season on its home course of Glen Hills last Monday, April 20 and then followed it up three days later with a second-place finish in Mondovi April 23 to move into a second-place tie in the Dunn-St. Croix Golf standings with the Buffaloes.

Spring Valley finished second at Glen Hills and first in Mondovi to extend its league lead to four points over both Glenwood City and Mondovi.

Toppers win at home

Despite bone-chilling temperatures and gusting winds, the Hilltoppers overcame both as well as their conference competition to post the team’s first D-SC golf win of the season April 20.

Glenwood City scored 168 on its home course of Glen Hills Golf to win by five strokes over runner-up Spring Valley, who finished with a 174, and nine better than third-place finisher Mondovi (178). St. Croix Central totaled a 195 in the nine-hole meet with Colfax (212) and Elk Mound (219) rounding out the field of competitors.

“Even with the very uncomfortable weather conditions, we had some nice scores,” said Ron Johnson, Glenwood City’s head coach.

Glenwood City junior Garret Schemionek shot his best round of golf this season, finishing with a score of 41 to lead the varsity team.

Fellow junior Nathan Mrdutt was just a shot in back of Schemionek, finishing the day with a strong 42.

Seniors Jake Hierlmeier and Bill Norenberg carded a pair of 43s. Collin Schone completed the varsity score card with a 51.

“Bill Norenberg continues to get better every week,” said Johnson.

Schemionek, Mrdutt, Norenberg and Hierlmeier had top seven individual scores.

Tyler Leach of Spring Valley earned his third straight medalist title after carding a 39 at Glen Hills. Cardinals’ teammate Calvin Kotval along with Mondovi’s Hayden Ford each scored a 40 to finish as the runners-up.

Johnson also praised junior varisty player Matt Wink for the 47 he scored during the meet.

Second in Mondovi

After earning a five-stroke win over Spring Valley three days before, Glenwood City finished second by the same margin to the Cardinals in a conference meet at Valley Golf Course in Mondovi on Thursday, April 23.

As a team, Spring Valley shot a very good 163 on the Mondovi course to take the win. Glenwood City scored a 168 to finish just two strokes ahead of host and third-place finisher Mondovi (170). Following a pattern set earlier in the week, St. Croix Central placed fourth with at 189, Colfax was fifith at 203 and Elk Mound brought up the rear at 208.

Hilltoppers’ seniors Bill Norenberg and Jake Hierlmeier finished in a three-way tie for fourth place with Mondovi’s Hayden Ford after each finished with a solid score of 41.

Nathan Mrdutt and freshman Collin Schone also finished with top ten scores. Both Hilltoppers carded nice scores of 43 to finish in  a four-way tie for eighth place.

Garret Schemionek tallied a 45 over nine holes to round out Glenwood City’s varsity scoring.

Spring Valley freshman Tyler Leach was once again the meet’s medalist after shooting a 37. It’s his fourth honor in as many conference meets this season. Leach’s teammates, Jason Richardson, was just a stroke off the pace, finishing second with a 38.

The Toppers were scheduled to golf in Spring Valley yesterday (Tuesday, April 28) before returning home to host a D-SC meet at Glen Hills this Friday. Then it is back to Valley Golf Course in Mondovi for a 6-team conference meet next Tuesday, May 5.