By Cara L. Dempski
Elk Mound’s golf team has yet to meet its goal of cracking into the top half of the Dunn-St. Croix, but it does seem to be getting closer with each round.
The Mounders finished fourth at the May 4 Dunn-St. Croix meet hosted by Spring Valley following a score of 201.
Coach Brandon Powell said the team needs to keep its mind on the need for consistency at this point in the season.
[emember_protected] The Elk Mound team took a break over the weekend before traveling to the Valley Golf Course at Mondovi last Monday, May 8. There, Elk Mound again placed fourth after tallying a final score of 193. The Mounders then went to their home course at the Whitetail Golf Club Wednesday, May 10 for an invitational hosted by conference rival Colfax.
The team in orange and black had one of its strongest finishes of 2017 at the Whitetail Invitational, taking sixth place out of 13 teams with a finally tally of 390 strokes. They tied with the Siren-Webster team.
The Mounders were scheduled to wrap up the conference and regular season at the 18-hole Dunn-St. Croix Conference tournament at Glen Hills yesterday (May 16) weather permitting. Elk Mound will open WIAA tournament play either Tuesday, May 23 or Wednesday, May 24 at the Division 2 Nekoosa Regional.
Elk Mound golf coach Brandon Powell knows he has some good golfers on his team, but he is still waiting to see what his team is truly made of after watching the Mounders falter at Spring Valley May 4. The team earned a final score of 201.
“At this point in the year, it has to be about consistency,” Powell noted. “If we are going to get our scores down to the levels that we want, we still need to improve the short game.”
With the recent stretch of sunny, warm days, the Mounder coach is hoping his team can shave a few more strokes off its collective game to stay in the mix for the conference tournament and regional and sectional matches.
Nathaniel Schreiber led the Elk Mound team for the first time this season, scoring 46 to take eighth place individually for the round. His two strongest holes were the par-five sixth, which he completed in three, and the five-par ninth which he took care of in four.
Senior Jameson Rubenzer completed his round in 47 to take 10th. He birdied on both the sixth and the eighth holes. Maxwell Marquardt was next with his 53-shot finish. He birdied the sixth and shot par on the both the eighth and ninth holes.
Dillon McLaughlin finished with 55 strokes after struggling with holes one, two and three. He birdied the sixth and the eighth. Sophomore Marcus Kinblom rounded out the varsity team by shooting a 58. His best holes were the par-fours at one and nine, where he double-bogeyed.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Spring Valley 173, 2. Durand 177, 3. Glenwood City 195, 4. Elk Mound 201, 5. Mondovi 205, 6. Colfax 265.
The Mounders’ game improved by eight stokes at the Valley Golf Course May 8 when the team finished with a cumulative score of 193.
Rubenzer and Marquardt tied at 45 strokes each to lead the team and earned fourth-place finishes as individuals. Rubenzer fared best on the first, seventh and ninth holes, where he shot par, while Marquardt’s best play came at the first, where he shot par, and the ninth, where he birdied.
Dillon McLaughlin matched Marquardt’s feats at the first and ninth holes, and scored 51 strokes to finish. Nathaniel Schreiber finished his round in 52 strokes after shooting par on the ninth hole, and Colton Ward completed his round in 56 after also making par on the ninth.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Mondovi 183, 2. Durand 186, 2. Spring Valley 186, 4. Elk Mound 193, 5. Glenwood City 204, 6. Colfax 238.
Five members of the Elk Mound golf team, Jameson Rubenzer, Dillon McLaughlin, Nathaniel Schreiber, Maxwell Marquardt and Colton Ward, likely enjoyed playing hooky to play golf May 10.
That the competition came with one of Elk Mound’s best finishes of the 2017 season was just the icing on the cake.
The Mounder golf team hit the fairways at the Whitetail last Wednesday for an invitational and went back home that afternoon after earning sixth place out of 13 teams with 390 strokes.
The team’s leader for last Wednesday’s round was Marquardt, who played all 18 holes of the course in just 92 strokes. Rubenzer and McLaughlin followed him with their tie at 95 shots, and Schreiber completed the course in 108 strokes. Ward finished the day with a score of 111.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Spring Valley 327, 2. Amery 357, 3. Somerset 367, 4. Thorp 373, 5. Prescott 377, 6. Elk Mound 390, 6. Siren-Webster 390, 8. Ellsworth 391, 9. Glenwood City 397, 10. Baldwin-Woodville 407, 11. Clear Lake 417, 12. Turtle Lake 428, 13. Colfax 457. [/emember_protected]