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The Rhinelander High School golf team finished third in the final leg of the Great Northern Conference tournament held at Eagle River Golf Course on Thursday. The Hodags matched their best round of the year, but were three strokes behind Antigo and would finish in fourth place overall in the standings with 32 points.
Despite windy conditions on the course, Rhinelander still had a solid day and shot a 363. Antigo shot a 360 to finish second place on the day and third overall in the GNC with 34.5 points. Lakeland would finish first in the GNC standings and shot a 319 on the final leg marking their second straight perfect conference season. After RHS, Mosinee (364), Tomahawk (380), and Northland Pines (416) rounded out the conference lineup.
Kyle Bengtson of Lakeland was the only golfer to break an 80 on the day and won the individual conference title to edge his teammates Ansen Nomm and Kaeden Nomm.
Rhinelander had two golfers finish with Great Northern Conference honors in the individual all-conference standings; senior Nick Twite and freshman Kole Gechas. Twite would lead the Hodags and tied for seventh with round of 85. In the overall standings, Twite finished sixth and earned second team all-conference honors. While Gechas shot an 87 on the day and placed ninth. In the final standings, Gechas tied for 12th and received all-conference honorable mention.
Nick Schiek had Rhinelander's third best score on the day and recorded a 94 followed by freshman Garrett Kulhanek with a 97, and Devon Gaber carded a 101.
The Hodags round of 363 matched their season best and they are optimistic with the strong finish as they begin playoffs on Tuesday. RHS returned to Bass Lake on Friday for a dual meet against Antigo as a final tuneup to prepare for Tuesday's WIAA Division 1 regionals.
The Rhinelander High School golf team had an impressive showing when they hosted the fifth leg of the Great Northern Conference tournament on Friday at the Northwood Golf Course. The Hodags exceeded on their home course and tied for second place shooting a 374.
Not only is the Northwood's one of the conference's toughest courses, but Friday brought in cold and windy conditions which was reflected by teams' scores. Lakeland cruised to the team win and swept the top four spots to win the meet with 315 strokes and marked their 12th straight GNC match win. Ansen Nomm of Lakeland earned medalist honors of the day shooting a 77 which was two strokes ahead of teammates Kaeden Nomm and Kyle Bengtson.
Rhinelander and Antigo tied for the runner-up position and finished one stroke ahead of Mosinee who finished fourth with 375 points. Medford (389), Tomahawk (395), and Northland Pines (438) rounded out the remaining conference teams.
Senior Nick Twite would led the Hodags on the day and finished sixth overall shooting an 85. On Twites first nine he shot a 41 that included a triple-bogey 7 on the fourth hole of the course. But would shoot a 44 on the final nine holes.
Freshman Kole Gechas tied for 14th on the day and was Rhinelander's second best score, shooting a 95 that included seven double bogeys.
The Hodags had strong finishes by Devon Gaber and Neil Mathews who both carded 97's. Gaber closed his final seven holes with a bogey or better. While Mathews also had a solid final 12 holes that was highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 16th hole. And freshman Garrett Kulhanek filled in for Nick Schiek and finished with a 110.
RHS scratched the Merrill Best Ball Invite on and Saturday and will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Antigo for the sixth leg of the GNC meet at Bass Lake Golf Club. Lakeland will be able to secure the conference title by placing ahead of Mosinee. While Antigo is 1 1/2 points ahead of the Hodags for third place in the standings.
Lakeland holds the top three individual conference leaders with Bengtson with 4 1/2 point lead over teammate Kaeden Nomm. Ansen Nomm is third with 38 1/2 points and Stanford Swid of Mosinee is in fourth with 38 points. Adam Lazaroff of Lakeland jumped ahead of Twite for the fifth spot after finishing fourth overall at Northwood.
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