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Mother Nature finally cooperated allowing the Colfax and Elk Mound golf teams to play their first matches of the season this past week.
The Vikings and Mounders kicked off the 2019 conference and season lat Tuesday, April 23 with a six-team Dunn- St. Croix match at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Durand. Elk Mound placed fourth in the final team standings with a score of 204 while Colfax came in last with 277 strokes.
The very next morning, Wednesday, April 24, the two teams were on their home course for the annual Whitetail Classic and were joined by 14 other schools. The Mounders tallied a 406 over the course of the 18-hole invitational to take ninth while the Vikings struggled to another last place showing with a score of 570.
“Well it was a tough start to our season as we finished last in both meets,” said Colfax head golf coach Michael Dombrowski. “But that only means there’s one way to go!”
Dombrowski added, “We have quite a few kids that it was their first meet so just getting comfortable playing with other kids they don’t know was a little difficult.”
Colfax also competed in Bloomer last Friday, April 26 but due to scoring mishap, the Vikings’ individual scores were not counted and the team received a disqualification.
Colfax and Elk Mound have a busy conference schedule this week. They hosted a meet at Whitetail this past Monday, April 29 and will then hit the road for matches in Spring Valley this Thursday, May 2 and at the Valley Golf Course in Mondovi next Monday, May 6.
Kaitlin Schiferl carded a 46 in the conference- and season-opening golf meet at Durand’s Rolling Greens Golf Course last Tuesday, April 23 to lead the Elk Mound team to a fourth-place finish,
Ethan Rubenzer shot a 52 in the nine-hole meet while Max Marquardt and Colton Ward signed out with 53. Marcus Kinblom rounded out the Mounders’ squad with a 61.
Elk Mound finished with a team score of 204.
“Overall the team played well for it being the first meet of the year,” said Elk Mound head coach Brandon Powell.
“The goal of all members over the season will be to build a game that is consistent and avoid the big numbers,” said Powell adding, “We will work hard on the short game over the next couple of weeks to try to cut some strokes.
Hunter Rebak and Boden Bergeson were the only two Colfax golfers to score sub-70s marks. Rebak carded a 65 while Bergeson tallied a 67.
Tristan Lenz was the next in line for the Vikings with a 71 and Rylee Satter and Nick Jensen rounded out Colfax’s score with a pair of 74s.
Overall, the Vikings finished in sixth place with a 277.
The host Panthers of Durand took the team title with a low score of 171. Durand had the top three golfers and four in the first seven. Meet medalist TJ Tulip scored a low of 41 for the Panthers with teammates Julia Hayden and Charlie Brenner just a stroke behind at 42.
Glenwood City was second with a 186 followed by Spring Valley at 187, the Mounders with a 204, Mondovi came in fifth at 253 and the Vikings placed last after tallying 277.
Elk Mound tallied 406 strokes while Colfax took 570 to finish ninth and 16th respectively at the Whitetail Golf Classic held Wednesday, April 24 at the Whitetail Golf Course.
Max Marquardt and Kaitlin Schiferl topped the charts for the Mounders’ linksters as each shot a 99 at the 18-hole, 16-team tournament.
Colton Ward tallied a 103, Ethan Rubenzer scored a 105 and Marcus Kinblom filled out the varsity card with a 111.
Nick Jensen and Rylee Satter netted 137 and 138 respectively to led the Colfax golfers. Boden Bergeson shot a 146, Tristan Lenz came in with a 149 and Hunter Rebak signed out with a 152.
Osceola won the meet with 350 strokes while Somerset’s Carter Doriott took medalist honors with an 84.