All four local boys’ golf teams now have at least one meet under their belt.
Weyauwega-Fremont, Iola-Scandinavia and Manawa competed April 13 at the Manawa Invitational at Manawa’s Cedar Springs Golf Course, while Waupaca and W-F opened the season April 10 at the Wautoma Invitational at Wautoma’s Waushara Country Club.
MANAWA – Iola-Scandinavia placed first with a score of 263, followed by Bonduel (266), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (274), Stevens Point Pacelli (277), Weyauwega-Fremont (287), Amherst (299) and Marion (321). Manawa and Menominee Indian did not have full teams.
Zach Mortenson and Ryan Melum of I-S teamed up for the low round of 78. Other scores for the Thunderbirds were Jon Bauer and Chase Przybylski (89) and Justin Krause and Gunner Grenlie (96).
Alex Hulbert and Trevor Flease led W-F with an 80, while Jacob and William Young carded a 101 and Ryan Ebert and Noah Buhrow a 106.
Ryan and Scott Schuelke led Manawa with an 83, while David Blum and Matt Radloff turned in a round of 86.
WAUTOMA – Waupaca and W-F placed second and ninth, respectively, out of 16 teams.
Waupaca carded a 327, six shots behind Kaukauna, while the Indians turned in a team score of 380.
Waupaca’s Turner Kelly and Hunter Carrick placed second and third, respectively, with rounds of 79 (40, 39) and 81 (42, 39). Other scores for the Comets were Ben Stone, 83 (41, 42); Frankie Ellingson, 84 (39, 45); Isaac Wright, 87 (41, 46); and Elliot Crisman, 101 (53, 48).
“Great start to the season,” coach Tom Noltner said. “I’m very proud of the way the team played for not being able to practice at a course yet. As a team, we managed our game well and did the things we knew we were capable of at this point in the season.
“The guys played smart and it paid off in the end,” he said. “Each player made some mistakes, but they took those mistakes in stride and will work to improve their game for the next match.”
Hulbert led the Indians with an 87, followed by Flease and William Young, 97; Jacob Young, 99; Taylor Berndt, 100; and Buhrow, 116.
“I was pleased how the team played for their first meet,” coach Melinda Brace said. “It was cold and windy and we played against schools much larger than us. Ninth out of 16 was right in our goal for that meet.”