C-EM golfers finish 2nd in D-SC tourney, Brice and Nichols earn all-conference
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COLFAX — The Colfax/Elk Mound boys’ golf team capped the Dunn-St. Croix and regular seasons with a second-place finish in the 18-hole conference tournament held Monday, May 15 on its home course at the Whitetail Golf Course.
Four Colfax-Elk Mound golfers carded sub-100 performances, three of which scored in the 80s, at the 2023 Dunn-St. Croix boys’ golf tournament to help led the Colfax/Elk Mound squad to a second-place finish for the third time in the past four conference meets this season.
Freshman standout Orion Nichols lead Colfax-Elk Mound’s performance at the conference tournament as he shot an 85 to finish third in that day’s final individual standings.
Junior Zane Brice and sophomore Beau Borgwardt carded scores of 88 and 89, respectively, to finish fifth and sixth.
Junior Christian Ebert finished the 18-hole tourney with a 98 to take 14th while freshman Lucas Svee rounded out the varsity scoring with a 102 which was good for 18th place.
When the top four individual scores were added together it gave Colfax/Elk Mound a team tally of 360, 29 strokes less than it shot a year ago, which gave the locals second place.
Durand, led by freshman medalist Troy Pudenz’ 80 and an 81 by sophomore Logan Weissinger, took first place with a 344. The Panthers had four golfers crack the top nine.
Glenwood City finished third in last Monday’s conference tournament with a score of 371, Spring Valley was fourth with a 420 and Mondovi came in fifth with a 447.
With its victory in the conference tournament, Durand won its ninth straight D-SC meet and third consecutive Dunn-St. Croix Conference Championship. The Panthers finished with 49.5 points in the final team standings. Points are awarded based on a team’s finish in each meet with a first-place finish earning five points, second-place four, third gets three points, a fourth place is awarded two and fifth receives a point.
Glenwood City tallied 35 points to finish as the conference runner-up for a third straight year, just edging out Colfax who once again finished third in the final team standings with 33.5 points followed by Spring Valley with 22 and Mondovi had ten.
Troy Pudenz of Durand was named the conference’s player of the year as he finished with 78 points just edging out teammate Logan Weissinger by a half point for the honor. The Panthers’ Shane Prissel placed third with 62.5, the Toppers’ Esdyn Swenby was fourth with 46.33 and Colfax-Elk Mound’s Zane Brice round out the top five with a 43.75.
A pair of Colfax/Elk Mound golfers received individual accolades as they earned all-conference distinction for their consistent play throughout the season. after making the second-team a year ago, sophomore Zane Brice played his way into a spot on the first team after accumulating 43.75 points. Freshman Orion Nichols tallied 41 to qualify for second team honors.
Similar to the team scoring system, the top ten individuals in each meet were awarded points based on their finish with ten points going to the medalist all the way down to a single point for tenth. Those values were doubled for last Monday’s conference tournament.
Colfax/Elk Mound was scheduled to play at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Course yesterday, Tuesday, May 23, for the WIAA Division 2 regional golf tournament. The top four teams along with the top four individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, will advance to the sectional meet set for either May 30 or 31 at the Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls.