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GC golfers win Whitetail Classic, home meet to move closer to SV

Glenwood City’s performances on area golf courses continued to improve last week as evidenced by a pair of wins in three meets.

The Hilltoppers scored a prestigious win at the 21-team Whitetail Classic, keyed by the medalist-winning effort of junior Garret Schemionek, on April 29 and then followed it up two days later with a first place finish in a Dunn-St. Croix meet held at Glen Hills Golf Course.

“We are continually getting a little better each week,” noted Glenwood City head coach Ron Johnson.

 The Glenwood golfers’ three event swing in a four day period began Tuesday, April 28 with a runner-up finish in Spring Valley as the Cardinals nipped the Toppers by a stroke. The next day, Glenwood City rebounded and scored a huge win at Colfax’ Whitetail Golf Course. The Toppers then followed that up with their second conference win of the season in a home meet at Glen Hills Golf course Friday, May 1.

There are just two meets remaining until the 18-hole conference tournament on Tuesday, May 19 in Spring Valley. The Toppers played in Mondovi yesterday (May 5) and will travel to Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond next Monday, May 11.

Big Win at home

The Hilltoppers’ golf team is perfect at home this season after winning for the second time in as many home meets Friday, May 1.

Three Glenwood City golfers – Jake Hierlmeier, Garret Schemionek and Nathan Mrdutt – finished in the top five spots to propel the team to its second Dunn-St. Croix conference win of the season.

Senior Jake Hierlmeier finished in a two-way tie for second place after he carded a 38 in the nine-hole meet at Glen Hills Golf Course. Juniors Garret Schemionek and Nathan Mrdutt finished one and two shots behind Hierlmeier respectively. Schemionek scored a 40 and Mrdutt shot a 41.

Bill Norenberg and Collin Schone both shot 47 to round out the Toppers varsity scoring.

Spring Valley’s Jason Richardson shot a 37 to take medalist honors.

Glenwood City finished with a total of 166 for a two stroke victory over runner-up Mondovi. Conference leader Spring Valley finished third with a 176 followed by St. Croix Central at 191, Elk Mound with a 204 and Colfax at 221.

“With Jake, Garret and Nathan becoming more consistent, I expect us to be in the hunt for the conference championship again this year,” stated Coach Johnson after the win at Glen Hills.

Glenwood City moved to within two points of Spring Valley in the conference standings after Friday’s results.

In the junior varsity meet, Glenwood City finished fourth (216) led by Matt Wink’s score of 46. Brandon Barstad shot a 50, Nathan Hill had a 59 and Emma Scholler and Brett Bazille each scored 61.

Whitetail Classic Champs

After coming up a bit short at Spring Valley the previous day, the Hilltoppers brought their “A”  game to Colfax for the Whitetail Classic on Wednesday, April 29.

Junior Garret Schemionek sizzled under the late April sun as he shot a personal best, one-over-par 72, to claim medalist honors and helped to lead Glenwood City to a 21-point win over runners-up Mondovi and Somerset.

The Hilltoppers tallied a 314 score in the 18-hole, 21-team tournament to win the team title beating teams from the Dunn-St. Croix, Middle Border, Lakeland and Cloverbelt conferences.

Jake Hierlmeier was just three strokes off the pace set by Schemionek as he finished in third place with a 75. Spring Valley’s Tyler Leach came in second after shooting a 74.

Nate Mrdutt shot an 80, Collin Schone carded an 87 and Bill Norenberg completed the Toppers varsity scoring with a 106.

“While I haven’t looked back at the records, I think the 314 score might be a school record or close to it,” stated Johnson.

“And Garret had an impressive performance to lead us in the invite.”

Team Scores: Glenwood City 314, Mondovi and Somerset 335, Amery 346, Ellsworth 354, Spring Valley 355, St. Croix Central 366, Durand 372, Eau Claire Regis 372, Baldwin-Woodville 374, Prescott 382, Fall Creek 388, Colfax 389, Birchwood 393, Elk Mound 407, St. Croix Falls 425, Cameron 430, Clear Lake 464, Turtle Lake 478, Bruce 485, Flambeau 515

Second at Spring Valley

Glenwood City narrowly missed gaining ground on Spring  Valley last Tuesday, April 28 as it lost by one stroke to the Cardinals on their home course.

Jason Richardson shot a meet-best 37 and teammate Tyler Leach scored a 40 to lead Spring Valley to the victory with 169 points.

Just a point back was Glenwood City, who scored a 170. Mondovi scored a 175 for third with St. Croix Central taking fourth with a 188 followed by Elk Mound at 219 and Colfax at 224.

Toppers’ Nathan Mrdutt and Garret Schemionek registered 41s to finish tied for fourth in the individual standings.

Bill Norenberg and Jake Hierlmeier were among the four players that shot 44s.

Collin Schone carded a 53 on the Spring Valley course to complete Glenwood City’s varsity scores.