T-Birds moving on as a team
By Greg Seubert
A familiar course turned out to be an advantage for Zach Mortenson and the rest of the Iola-Scandinavia boys’ golf team.
The Thunderbirds carded an 18-hole round of 369, good enough for a second-place finish May 31 at a WIAA Division 3 sectional meet. Amherst hosted the 12-team meet at Glacier Wood Golf Club, the T-Birds’ home course.
The T-Birds aren’t the only ones to qualify for the state meet, held June 6-7 at Madison’s University Ridge Golf Course. Manawa’s Ryan Schuelke and Amherst’s Robert Johannes placed second and fifth, overall, at Glacier Wood, while Waupaca’s Mason Gardner placed fifth May 31 at a Division 2 regional at Seymour’s Crystal Springs Golf Course.
Gardner turned in a round of 80 and is heading to state for the first time. Waupaca advanced to the sectional as a team and tied for third.
Team scores were Xavier (316), Marinette (332), Luxemburg-Casco and Waupaca (349), Berlin and Winneconne (352), Freedom (355), Oconto (356), Roncalli (359), Shawano (363), Peshtigo (368) and Two Rivers (371).
Other scores for Waupaca were Isaac Wright (85), Noah Carrick (89), Logan Bunge (95) and Elliot Crisman (98).
A pair of area golfers turned in the lowest rounds. Mortenson led all golfers with a 74, while Schuelke finished four strokes back at 78.
Team scores were St. Mary Catholic (361), Iola-Scandinavia (369), Amherst (374), Coleman (377). Pacelli (379), Crivitz (395), Sevastopol (401), Wabeno/Laona (404), Wausaukee (410, Lena (412), Green Bay NEW Lutheran (444) and Shiocton (464).
Other scores for the T-Birds were Jon Bauer (88), Cody Breitzke (99), Justin Krause (108) and Carter Przybylski (119).
Other scores for Amherst were Kyle Glodowski (91), Vince Omernik (92), Alex Willeke (106) and Garrett Groshek (133).
Weyauwega-Fremont’s Alex Hulbert qualified as an individual and tied for seventh with Bauer with an 88.