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MONDOVI — A third-place finish in last Tuesday’s 18-hole Dunn-St. Croix conference golf tournament led Elk Mound to its highest conference standing since the school added the sport.
The Mounders shot a 388 on Mondovi’s Valley Golf Course and beat Glenwood City by four strokes to leapfrog the Hilltoppers for third-place in the final 2019 D-SC conference golf standings.
Elk Mound finished with 29 team points to 28 for Glenwood City, who slipped to fourth.
Unfortunately, Colfax finished in last for the sixth time this season as it shot a 473 in Mondovi to take sixth in the tournament and the final standings.
Like it had in the previous five, nine-hole meets, Durand captured the D-SC tournament title and with it the 2019 conference championship following a low score of 316 in Mondovi on May 14. The Panthers finished with a score of 48 in the final conference tally to easily outdistance runner-up Spring Valley (39 points) for the crown. Glenwood City finished four in the tournament with a 392 and overall with 28 points followed by Mondovi with a 443 and 12 points for fifth and the Vikings in sixth with 6 points.
A pair of Mounders shot under 100 in Mondovi last week. Ethan Rubenzer finished with a 92 and Kaitlin Schiferl shot a 95 to led the team. Rubenzer finished in a tie for eighth place at Mondovi.
Colton Ward finished with 100, Marcus Kinblom had a 101 and Max Marquardt carded a 104.
Hunter Rebak turned in Colfax’s top score of 103 over the course of 18 holes. Tristan Lenz shot a 112 but the Vikings’ score rose considerably after that.
Rylee Satter finished with a 128, Tanner Nierenhausen had a 130 and Boden Borgeson signed out with a 149.
Durand’s TJ Tulip and Dawson Kurth tied for medalist honors with 77s but Tulip won the golfer of the year award after accumulating 67 points from individual finishes throughout the season. Kurth was second with 60 and the Panters’ Julia Hayden finished third with 59 points.
Elk Mound’s Ethan Rubenzer finsihed ninth in the final individual standings to earn second team all-conference honors.
Colfax and Elk Mound opened WIAA tournament play this week. Colfax stepped into action first’ playing yesterday (May 21) in the Division 3 regional hosted by Cadott at Whispering Pines Golf Course. Elk Mound teed off today (May 22) in the Division 2 regional meet which will also be held at Whispering Pines and hosted by Stanley-Boyd. The top four teams and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams will move on to the sectional tournaments slated for next Tuesday, May 28 or Wednesday, May 29 in Hayward for Division 2 and Cumberland for Division 3.