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Topper golfers showing improvement

By Shawn DeWitt

As the weather has warmed up, so to has the Glenwood City Golf team.

The Hilltoppers earned a pair of third-place finishes and a fourth in three Dunn-St. Croix conference meet last week.

Glenwood City came in third at Valley Golf Course in Mondovi April 30. After finishing fourth the next day, May 1, on their home course at Glen Hills, the Toppers stepped back into the third-place slot in a May 3 conference meet at the Spring Valley Golf Course.

After playing that trio of 6-team conference meets in five days last week, the Hilltopper golf team will wrap up regular season play this week. Glenwood City had a D-SC meet at Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand on Monday and finishes out regular-season conference play at Whitetail this Friday, May 11.

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 of the season at Mondovi’s Valley Golf Course last Monday, April 30 with 178 strokes.

Glenwood City had three golfers turn in sub-50 performances to help the team place third with 193 strokes.

Will Owen shot a 46 in the nine-hole meet to led Glenwood
City’s varsity. Collin Schone tallied a 48, Dillon Hierlmeier was a stroke back at 49.

Owen and Schone finished tied for fifth and eight on the individual leader board.

Ethan Hanson shot a 50 and Emma Scholler carded a 65.  

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, Glenwood City played on its home course at Glen Hills Golf Course for another conference meet.

Although the Toppers finished with just one stroke more, 194, than the previous day’s team tally, they ended up fourth.

Senior Collin Schone shot a nice round of 45 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh. Will Owen was the only other Topper to break 50 as he scored a 47.

Ethan Hanson showed consistency as he carded a 50 for the second consecutive day. Dillon Hierlmeier and Riley Schutz each shot a 52 to round out the varsity 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.

Glenwood City’s top three golfers each improved on their week’s scores on the Spring Valley course and it showed on the team’s tally as it finished with a 188 to take third.

Collin Schone again had the Toppers’ best performance. The senior shot a 42 in the nine-hole meet. Will Owen finished with 45 strokes and Ethan Hanson shot a nice round for a 49. Schone was tied for fifth on the final individual leader board with Owen taking ninth.

Dillon Hierlmeier tallied a 52 and Riley Schutz shot a 55 to round out the Toppers varsity line up.

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