SPRING VALLEY — There will be no four-peat!
Glenwood City’s bid for a record fourth consecutive Dunn-St. Croix Conference golf championship fell exasperatingly short at the conference tournament held Tuesday, May 19 at the Spring Valley Golf Course.
Mondovi bested Glenwood City by just one stroke to claim the 2015 conference team title. The Buffaloes shot a 341 in the 18-hole conference tournament while the Hilltoppers scored a 342 in the regular season finale.
The one stroke victory allowed Mondovi to claim both the conference tournament title as well as the overall conference championship.
Glenwood City had entered last Tuesday’s tournament in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Mondovi and Spring Valley. Each team had accumulated 40 points through the previous eight conference meets, meaning the top finisher among the three at the conference tournament (where team points are doubled) would be crowned conference champion. Teams received points in each conference meet based on their finish; first was worth six points, second received five points and so forth through sixth place (1 point).
Mondovi’s win gave it 52 points and the D-SC hardware. Glenwood City finished with 50 points.
Spring Valley’s late season swoon continued on its home course May 19 as it finished third with a 355 giving the Cardinals 48 points and the bronze. St. Croix Central tallied a 367 to take fourth in the tournament and overall with 30 points. Elk Mound and Colfax with scores of 432 and 451 respectively took fifth and sixth. The Mounders finished the conference season with 17 points while the Vikings were last in the standings with 13 points.
Glenwood City, however, did not go home empty-handed.
Hilltoppers’ senior Jake Hiermeier shot a five-over par 77 to claim medalist honors (best score) at the conference tournament.
The win also earned Hierlmeier his third straight conference medalist award, which like the team scoring system, is based on a golfer’s individual finish at each of the nine confernence meets including the 18-hole tournament. Hierlmeier scored a conference leading 84 points to beat out Spring Valley freshman Tyler Leach, who finished with 80 points, for the award. That prompted conference coaches to vote Hierlmeier the “Dunn-St. Croix Conference Golfer of the Year” for a second straight season.
Hayden Ford, who finished third in the final individual standings, helped lead Mondovi to the championship after he shot a 78 in the conference tournament to place second.
The aforementioned Tyler Leach took third after he carded an 80 on the par 72 course that is owned and operated by his parents.
Mattie Mahlum of Mondovi scored an 83 to finish fourth followed by Glenwood City juniors Garret Schemionek and Nathan Mrdutt with scores of 85 and 86 respectively.
Freshman Colin Schone tallied a 94 and senior Bill Norenberg finished with a 109 to round out the Hilltoppers varsity scoring. Team scores are derived by adding together the individual scores of the five golfers.
Hierlmeier (84 pts.) and Mrdutt (53 pts.) earned first team all-conference designation while Schemionek (40 pts.) and Norenberg (22 pts.) made the second team. Hierlmeier, Mrdutt and Schemionek were all first team selections a year ago.
Hierlmeier got off to a greatstart at the conference tournament as he scored six pars and a birdie in the first seven holes. But he double bogeyed at eight and followed with a bogey on nine to finish with a 38 on the front nine.
He started the back nine with a birdie but then bogeyed or double bogeyed the next four holes. Hierlmeier got back on track with a par on 15 and an eagle (two-under par) on 16 before finishing with pars on the final two holes for a 39 on the final nine and an overall tally of 77.
Nathan Mrdutt was just a stroke off of Hierlmeier’s pace on the opening nine. Mrdutt turned in a 39 with two birdies and three pars on the first nine holes. But Mrdutt struggled a bit after a par and a birdie to start the back nine. He shot a 5-over par ten on number 12 and was three over par on both 15 and 16 before closing out with a pair of pars for 47 on the back nine and an overall score of 86.
Garret Schemionek shot a 43 on the front nine and a 42 on the back nine. He had a birdie and two pars along with a pair of double bogeys through nine and followed with a birdie and par on the final nine.
Colin Schone shot a 45 on the first nine holes of his conference tournament with a lone birdie coming on hole two. Schone parred number 11 and finished with a back nine score of 49 to tally an overall score of 94.
Bill Norenberg struggled with his game on the windy, tree lined course in Spring Valley. The senior shot a 55 on the front nine and shaved off a stroke on the back nine for a 54. Norenberg was hurt by four-over pars on the number four and ten holes and a five-over par on 12 as he finished with a 109.
The Hilltoppers competed in the WIAA Division 3 Cumberland Regional yesterday, May 26. Other participating schools included Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Clear Lake, Cumberland, Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, Spring Valley, Turtle Lake/Clayton and Unity.
The first four teams and top four individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, from regional competition will move on to the sectional meet to be held next Tuesday, June 2 at Pine Valley Golf Course in Marathon.
D-SC CONFERENCE MEET INDIVIDUAL SCORES: Jake Hierlmeier, Glenwood City, 77; Hayden Ford, Mondovi, 78; Tyler Leach, Spring Valley, 80; Mattie Mahlum, Mondovi, 83; Garret Schemionek, Glenwood City, 85; Nathan Mrdutt, Glenwood City, 86; Drew Malecek, Saint Croix Central, 87; Jason Richardson, Spring Valley, 88; Cole Kamla, Mondovi, 89; Tyler Anderson, Saint Croix Central, 90; Jordan Jensen, Spring Valley, 90; Greg Poeschel, Mondovi, 91; Garrett Gifford, Mondovi, 93; Trevor Seston, Colfax, 93; Colin Schone, Glenwood City, 94; Tyler Koats, Saint Croix Central, 94; Bryan Bresina, Saint Croix Central, 96; Taylor Leach, Spring Valley, 97; Calvin Kotval, Spring Valley, 98; Jacob Conley, Saint Croix Central, 98; Trey Gullickson, Colfax, 99; Jameson Rubenzer, Elk Mound, 103; Mark Dickenson, Elk Mound, 106; Billy Norenberg, Glenwood City, 109; Jonah LaRock, Elk Mound, 109; Corey Hagberg, Elk Mound, 114; Tim Lambele, Elk Mound, 126; Treyton Tiege, Colfax, 128; Trenton Anderson, Colfax, 131; Andy Buckley, Colfax, 133.