By Cara L. Dempski
SPRING VALLEY — Brandon Powell’s Elk Mound golfers showed drastic improvement between their first and second matches this season, while Mike Dombrowski’s Vikings slipped some strokes.
The teams were scheduled to play two courses last week, but the April 10 meet at Mondovi was cancelled due to weather conditions.
[emember_protected] The Mounders and Vikings instead gathered with four other Dunn-St. Croix golf teams for an April 13 conference meet hosted by Spring Valley. The home team took top honors with 174 strokes, while Elk Mound was fifth after scoring 207 and Colfax was sixth with 262 strokes.
Spring Valley’s Tyler Leach helped led his team to victory as he took medalist honors for a second straight match after shooting a 36 in the nine-hole event. Teammate Zach Boisen and Durand’s TJ Tulip were runners-up with identical scores of 40.
Both teams headed to Glen Hills, the home course for Glenwood City, Tuesday, April 18 before participating in the rescheduled Mondovi meet April 20.
The Vikings had another rough day of golf at Spring Valley. The team scored 250 on their home course April 6, but increased to 262 strokes to take sixth April 13.
Treyton Teige garnered the team’s lowest score, taking 53 strokes on nine holes. The ninth appears to have been his best hole, as he shot a birdie on the par-five. Trenton Anderson took credit for a 64 on the Spring Valley Golf Club’s front nine, and appears to have doubled up on the par-four second and third, while sticking within a shot or two on a number of holes.
Richard Stehling recorded 69, with his biggest battles coming at the first and ninth. He scored nine on both, which are par-four holes. Boden Bergeson logged 76 strokes, with his biggest struggle coming on the par-three fifth, where he shot eight.
Wyatt Olson had a tough night, scoring 86 over nine holes. He was four to five over par on each hole.
Coach Powell said the Mounders would work on their short game between their April 6 home opener at the Whitetail where the team scored 225.
Whatever the golfers did worked, since Elk Mound improved its score by 18 strokes to score 207 at Spring Valley April 13.
“All the hard work around the greens in practice this week paid off,” Powell stated. “The kids played much better.”
Senior Jamison Rubenzer led the Mounder effort, scoring 47 to earn an eighth-place finish as an individual. The Elk Mound golfer made par on the third, and was one to two shots over on the other eight holes.
Dillon McLaughlin picked up 51 by staying within a stroke or two of par, and Nathaniel Schriber scored 54 by staying within three shots per hole. Maxwell Marquardt earned 55, and Colton Ward rounded off the varsity team with 57 strokes.
BOYS’ GOLF TEAM RESULTS: 1. Spring Valley 174, 2. Durand 185, 3. Mondovi 187, 4. Glenwood City 202, 5. Elk Mound 207, 6. Colfax 262. [/emember_protected]