They may have had only two years to compete in high school golf since Elk Mound has only had a team for two seasons, but seniors Tim Lambele and Corey Hagberg made the best of it as they showed steady improvement from the start of the year to the finish. Both players had personal best scores on the front nine in the first regional tournament in Mounder history with Lambele shooting a 52 for his 118 total and Hagberg a 47 as he ended with a 104. The meet took place in Arcadia but ended up being played in two days, according to coach Annie Kongshaug.
“We started the round on Tuesday (May 26) and since we were in the first wave of teams, all of our players finished a few holes before lightning and rain started. We tried to wait it out but the weather didn’t improve so we ended it and went back the next day. It was warm and sunny and our team shot better than the team average for the year. We have a very competitive regional and although we were not able to move on to sectionals our team score improved from our conference score by 14 strokes. Tim and Corey were an important part of those team scores and both were leaders for our team. I was impressed how they stepped up their game at regionals. We will miss them next year,” she added.
Kongshaug believes the stiff competition in the D-SC Conference prepared them for the regional tournament.
“As far as our season as a whole went, I am glad we were able to take fifth in the conference again this year, but I believe if our kids work hard and gain more experience, we can move up in the conference standings and improve in the regional tournament next year,” she concluded.