The Rhinelander High School golf team finished in sixth place as they competed in the final leg of the Great Northern Conference meet on Friday held at Black River Golf Course in Medford.
The Hodags carded a 374 on the day and only finished better then Northland Pines (378). RHS struggled and would record their worst score out of the seven GNC meets. Although Rhinelander didn't quit finish where they would have liked, they maintained their standing in the conference in third and had three golfers earn all-conference honors.
Medford won the GNC final with a team score of 326, four strokes better than runners-up Mosinee and Lakeland, who tied for second at 330. Tomahawk (351) and Antigo (368) would round out the top five teams.
Only three golfers finished carding a score better than an 80 including medalist John Birnbaum of Medford. Birnbaum finished the 18-hole course with a 74. Spencer Scholl of Medford was a stroke behind in second at 75. And the only other play to finish below an 80 was Stanford Swid of Mosinee, finishing third with a 79.
The Hodags did not place a golfer in the top-10 in the GNC final and was led by Zach Olds who shot an 88. Nick Twite (90), Joe Schmitz (98), Matthew Reinthaler (98), and Will England (104) rounded out the RHS varsity scores.
The Raiders earned the GNC title, with 46 points with Lakeland in second with 41.5 points. The Hodags remained in third place with 33 points and finished ahead of Mosinee (30.5), Antigo (20), Tomahawk (15), and Northland Pines (10).
Scholl would earn the individual conference play of the year award with 63 points on the season. Birnbaum finished in second overall with 59 points. And Ryan Perrin of Medford placed third with 40.5 points. Swid recorded fourth in the GNC standings at 31.5 points, and a Jack Shinner of Antigo would round out the first team all-conference players in fourth with 31points.
Two Rhinelander golfers would finish in the top-10 of the individual standings; Twite and Olds. Twite finished in eighth place with 18.83 points in the GNC standings. While Olds placed ninth with 18.33 point and each earned second team all-conference honors. Reinthaler finished just outside the top-10 in 12th place to earn honorable mention for the Hodags.
RHS is looking to bounce back on Tuesday when they host they the WIAA Division 1 regional at the Northwood Golf Course. It also marks 14 years since the Hodags' hosted regionals. The top four teams and top five players who are not part of a qualifying team will advance to sectionals in Marshfield at the RiverEdge Golf Course in Marshfield on Tuesday May, 30th.
Stevens Point in the top seed going into regionals and will be part of the second wave with Wausau West, Marshfield, and D.C. Everest that will begin about 9:50 on Tuesday. RHS will be part of the first wave and are seeded fifth and will tee off at 9:00AM along with Wausau East, Wisconsin Rapids, and Merrill.
The Rhinelander High School varsity golf team earned a third-place finish on Tuesday when they competed in the sixth leg of the Great Northern Conference meet. The Hodags finished with a 339 at the Timber Ridge Golf Course in Minocqua.
Medford had the top team score, finishing with a 326, 13 strokes ahead of Rhinelander. Lakeland finished in second with 333. The Hodags finished ahead of Antigo (350), Mosinee (357), Tomahawk (364), and Northland Pines (378).
Spenser Scholl of Medford earned the medalist of the day, marking his second straight top finish in GNC action. Scholl finished with a 75 on the par-72 course. Jack Shinners of Antigo finished in second with a 77. While Nick Twite of Rhinelander tied for third place with Adam Lazaroff of the Thunderbirds, each shooting an 80.
Zach Olds and Twite were the only two RHS golfers to earn top-10 finishes in the GNC meet No. 6. Olds recorded an 84 and tied for 10th place on the day. Will England finished with the third best Rhinelander score with an 87 and Joe Schmitz right behind finished with an 88. Matthew Reinthaler rounded out the top five for RHS finishing with a 95.
Looking at the conference standings, after six completed meets, Medford sits in first with 39 points and Lakeland is runner-up with 36 points. The Hodags remain in third with 31 points.
In the individual point standings, Scholl leads the way with 54 points. While John Birnbaum of Mosinee in second is five points behind at 49. Ryan Perrin of Medford is currently in third with 37 points. Two RHS golfers are in the top-10 for individual points; Twite and Olds. Twite is in eighth place with 18.83 points and Olds is in ninth at 18.33 points. Reinthaler is just outside the top-10, sitting in 11th with 10.5 points, and England is in 17th.
The Hodags will be on the road to close out their final Great Northern Conference meet at Medford on Friday at the Black River Golf Course. Then Rhinelander will focus on post season play as they host the WIAA Division 1 Regionals at the Northwood Golf Course on Tuesday, May 23rd.
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