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Viking, Mounder golfers have busy week

By Shawn DeWitt

Both the Colfax and Elk Mound boys’ golf teams have shown strides of improvement but unfortunately that hasn’t shown on the scoreboard.

Elk Mound finished fifth and Colfax sixth in all three Dunn-St. Croix meets last week as neither squad has been able to drop below the 200-stroke mark in the team results.

After playing a trio of 6-team conference meets in five days last week, the area golf teams will wrap up regular season play this week. They had a D-SC meet at Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand on Monday and finish out regular-season conference play at Whitetail this Friday, May 11. Elk Mound will play in a tournament at Spring Valley on Saturday, May 12.

The Dunn-St. Croix conference’s 18-hole tournament is next Monday, May 14 back at Whitetail Golf Course.

Currently, Spring Valley is atop the conference standings with three conference wins and 23 points. Durand is second with a win and 21 points followed by Glenwood City and Mondovi, who are tied for third with 14 points, Elk Mound with eight and Colfax has four points. Points are based on finishes in each meet with the first-place team receiving six points for a victory, second gets five points and so on down to sixth which receives a point.

Mondovi Meet

Durand captured the second D-SC golf meet at Mondovi’s Valley Golf Course last Monday, April 30 with 178 strokes.

Elk Mound finished fifth after registering 204 strokes and Colfax was sixth on the board with 227 strokes.

Max Marquardt, who finished in a three-way tie for ninth place, led the Mounders’ varsity team with a 9-hole tally of 48. Kaitlin Schiferl shot a 51 followed closely by Dillon McLaughlin at 52 and Colton Ward hit for a 53. Ethan Rubenzer shot a 60.

Colfax had three players shoot in the 50s. Treyton Teige and Spencer Herrick both led the team with scores of 53 and Jon Welk shot a 59. Richard Stehling carded a 62 and Hunter Rebak finished with a 74.

Tyler Leach of Spring Valley shot a 37 to take medalist honors for the runner-up Cardinals.

TEAM SCORES: 1. Durand 178, 2. Spring Valley 184, 3. Glenwood City 193, 4. Mondovi 194, 5. Elk Mound 204, 6. Colfax 227

Glen Hills Meet

The following day, Tuesday, May 1, Colfax and Elk Mound traveled west to Glenwood City’s home course at Glen Hills Golf Course  for another conference meet.

While the Mounders shaved a couple of strokes off their team tally to finish in fifth place with a 202, Colfax went the opposite direction, adding four strokes for a 231-stroke and sixth-place finish.

Junior Max Marquardt just missed a top-ten finish for Elk Mound placing 11th in the individual standings with 47. Teammate and classmate Dillon McLaughlin was just two strokes back, firing a 49 at the nine-hole meet and course. Colton Ward finished with a 52 for the Mounders and was followed by Kaitlin Schiferl’s 54 and a 55 turned in by Marcus Kinblom to round out the varsity scores for Elk Mound.

Colfax senior Spencer Herrick registered the best score for the Vikings’ varsity five, shooting a 55. Two other Colfax golfers shot in the 50sw. Fellow seniors Richard Stehling and Tyeton Teige were just two and four strokes back of Herrick’s led with a 57 and 59 respectively.

Hunter Rebak swung for a 60 and Jon Welk shot a 74 to complete Colfax’ scores.

Tyler Leach again topped the field, shooting a 34 to earn medalist (best golfer) honors and helped the Cardinals win their second conference meet with 170 points, besting runner-up Durand by three strokes.

Team Scores: 1. Spring Valley 170, 2. Durand 173, 3. Mondovi 189, 4. Glenwood City 194, 5.
Elk Mound 202, 6. Colfax 231

Spring Valley Meet

As it was all week, the weather was perfect for an afternoon on the golf links.

Bright sunshine and warm temperatures greeted D-SC golfers for a meet Thursday, May 3 at the Spring Valley Golf Course.

Host Spring Valley won its third D-SC meet in four tries as the Cardinals had the top two shooters – Tyler Leach and Trevor Stangl – and six finishes of the best 11 scores in the competition to win by a whopping 15 strokes over runner-up Durand.

Leach, whose family owns the Spring Valley Golf Course, rocked a 34 in the 9-home tournament with Stangl taking a 39.

Four of Colfax’s five varsity linksters finished in the 50s. Richard Stehling carded a 50, Treyton Teige shot a 54 and both Hunter Rebak and Boden Bergeson scored 58. Jon Welk finished with 75 strokes.

Colfax finished with 220 strokes and a sixth-place showing. It was an 11-stroke improvement over the Vikes last outing.

Elk Mound was a spot ahead of their rivals from Colfax, turning in a 205 tally to take fifth. Colton Ward, who tied for 15th, broke the 50-stroke plateau to lead Elk Mound with a 49. The Mounders four other varsity hitters were all within five strokes of Ward. Ethan Rubenzer shot a 51, Dillon McLaughlin finished with a 52, Kaitlin Schiferl scored a 53 and Marcus Kinblom shot for a 54.

Team Scores: 1. Spring Valley 161, 2. Durand 176, 3. Glenwood City 188, 4. Mondovi 193, 5. Elk Mound 205, 6. Colfax 220