Iola-Scandinavia edged Stevens Point Pacelli by one shot to win the Central Wisconsin Conference boys’ golf meet May 22 at Waupaca’s Foxfire Golf Club.
The Thunderbirds also tied the Cardinals for the overall conference title and won the overall championship on a playoff hole.
The T-Bird carded a 355 behind an 80 from Zach Mortenson, an 83 from Nolan Wolberg, an 88 from Jon Bauer, a 104 from Kyle Honken and a 105 from Caleb Loken.
Mortenson shared medalist honors with Weyauwega-Fremont’s David Niemuth.
Meanwhile, Weyauwega-Fremont and Manawa placed fifth and 11th, respectively, with rounds of 390 and 448.
Niemuth led W-F, while other scores for the Indians were Alex Hulbert (98), Trevor Flease (100), Will Young (112) and Taylor Berndt (115).
Alex Kowaleski had Manawa’s low round with a 104, followed by Todd Olson (110), David Blum (112), Caleb Griesbach (122) and Jimmy (no last name listed), 162.
Other team scores were Pacelli (356), Gresham (377), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (379), Menominee Indian (405), Amherst (411), Bonduel (412), Shiocton (417) and Marion (444).
“We had a great tournament at Foxfire,” I-S coach Alan Bauer said. “Our team won the tournament by one stroke over Pacelli, which tied us for the conference title.
“We were in really good shape when our first two scores came in,” he said. “After our next two scores, we were down to Pacelli overall and waiting for our fifth player to come in. Jon Bauer saved his best round of the season so far for this day. He came in with an 88 to put us up by that one stroke.”
The CWC uses a playoff to decide the conference champion, according to Bauer.
“This requires all players to partake in a sudden victory playoff, with the best four out of five scores counting on the playoff hole,” he said. “It was exciting to see 10 players teeing off and walking down (hole) No. 1. All of the players had good or great drives under the eyes of all the other players and coaches in the conference. I know they were all anxious, but we held our composure and performed very well. We finished with two pars and two bogeys to win with a score of 18 to Pacelli’s 20.”
The T-Birds also finished the regular season with two of the top three golfers. Niemuth finished first with a nine-hole average of 39.3, followed by Mortenson and Wolberg at 42.0. All three were named to the all-conference first team.