The Dunn-St. Croix golf race is now a dead heat following the results of the past two conference meets.
Three straight third-place finishes by Spring Valley in the final three nine-hole conference meets of the season opened the door and allowed Glenwood City and Mondovi to move into a first-place tie with the Cardinals.
Spring Valley has seen its lead evaporate the past two weeks as Glenwood City and particularly Mondovi have surged to create a three-way tie atop the Dunn-St. Croix standings with just the 18-hole conference tournament, which is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 19 at the Spring Valley Golf Course, left on regular-season schedule.
The top finisher among the three front runners in that conference tournament will claim this year’s D-SC championship, a title the Hilltoppers have held for the past three consecutive seasons.
Mondovi has shown strong play recently as evidenced by its top finish in a conference meet it hosted Tuesday, May 5 at Valley Golf Course. The Buffaloes were then able to follow it up Monday, May 11 with a victory at Pheasant Hills in Hammond.
Glenwood City’s second-place finishes in the two meets also allowed the Hilltoppers to catch Spring Valley, who took third in both meets.
Runner-up in Hammond
Despite cold, wet and sometimes windy conditions at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course, four of Glenwood City’s five varsity competitors registered top ten individual finishes in the final nine-hole D-SC meet held there Monday, May 11.
Senior Jake Hierlmeier shot a 39 on the course to lead the Hilltoppers.
Hierlmeier’s second place finish Monday allowed him to move into a tie atop the individual all-conference leaderboard with Tyler Leach of Spring Valley.
Both have 64 points, four more than Leach’s teammate, Jason Richardson, who took the medalist title at Pheasant Hills after shooting a 37 for a two-stroke win over Hierlmeier.
Three other Topper golfers turned in top ten finishes. Nathan Mrdutt scored a 41 to take fifth while Garret Schemionek carded a 44 and Collin Schone had a 45 to finish ninth and tenth respectively.
Bill Norenberg had a 54 to complete Glenwood City’s varsity scoring.
The Hilltoppers finished second after scoring a 169 just two strokes behind the winning tally posted by Mondovi. Spring Valley shot a 176 for third, St. Croix Central was fourth (for the eighth time in as many meets) with 187, Colfax placed fifth with 211 and Elk Mound finished last with a score of 221.
Matt Wink shot a 48 to lead the Glenwood City junior varsity squad.
Emma Scholler tallied a 53, Brandon Barstad had a 54, Nathan Hill shot a 55 and Brett Bazille carded a 70 as the team finished fourth with a score of 210.
Second in Mondovi
The Toppers’ Jake Hierlmeier and Nathan Mrdutt both shot 38s to earn a three-way split of the medalist honors at the Tuesday, May 5 Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet in Mondovi.
But it wasn’t enough to give Glenwood City the team victory.
That honor went to the hometown favorite Buffaloes.
Led by tri-medalist Greg Poeschel’s score of 38, Mondovi captured the team title with a three-stroke win over Glenwood City as its four other varsity golfers earned top ten finishes on Valley Golf Course.
Mondovi finished with a score of 167 followed by Glenwood City at 170. Spring Valley, for the second straight conference meet, finished third with a total of 175, followed by St. Croix Central at 185, Elk Mound tallied 204 and Colfax was last with a score of 217.
Glenwood City could have moved into a first-place tie with Spring Valley had they won the meet.
Bill Norenberg was the only other Hilltopper to crack the top ten as he shot a 44 to share tenth with four other golfers.
Garret Schemionek carded a 50 in the nine-hole meet while Matt Wink, competing in his first varsity meet, shot a 53 to round out Glenwood City’s varsity scores.
The Toppers’ junior varsity squad was not as fortunate as it finished fifth out of six teams with a score of 215.
Collin Schone and Nathan Hill led the JVers with scores of 52. Brandon Barstad shot a 54, Brett Bazille had a 57 and Emma Scholler scored a 58.