The Rhinelander High School golf team competed in the fifth leg of the Great Northern Conference golf tournament held at the Timber Ridge Golf Club in Minocqua on Tuesday. The Hodags cared a 365 and finished in fifth place and were also without their No. 2 golfer, Nick Twite who is scheduled to return Thursday.
A majority of the conference teams also recorded their lowest scores of the seasons, in a large help to the tees being up on a shorter course. Lakeland finished first with a 306 and Antigo followed in second, 24 strokes behind. Medford and Mosinee tied for third. RHS finished ahead of Tomahawk and Northland Pines.
Kyle Bengston of Lakeland shot 1-under 71 and earned the medalist honors. Bengtson finished two strokes ahead of Jack Shinners of Antigo to lead six GNC golfers who broke scores of 80 in the fifth leg of the tournament.
Senior Zach olds led the way for the Hodags with matching 41's on each nine and finished 10-over of a round of 82. Joseph Schmitz and Jacob Mahner tied with 93's on the day and Devon Gaber carded a 97. Will England rounded out the Hodags and shot a 101.
Looking at the individual numbers, Olds now tied for eighth place with Jake Collins of Lakeland. Twite is tied for 11th and the top 15 golfers receive all-conference honors.
Rhinelander will now compete in back-to-back GNC meets to round out their conference schedule. The sixth leg of the tournament will be held at Eagle River Golf Course Thursday and the final leg will be in Tomahawk at Inshalla Country Club. The Hodags will then take part in regionals in Merrill on Tuesday.
The Rhinelander High School golf team proved they are improving and making progress this season, as they shot their two lowest scores of the season when they competed in two-straight Great Northern Conference meets starting on Monday.
At Indianhead Golf Course in Mosinee on Monday, Rhinelander finished fourth in the second leg of the GNC and shot a 356. RHS followed that up on Tuesday with a 357 and finished fifth at Bass Lake Golf Club in Deerbrook.
Lakeland won both Monday and Tuesday with a 321 at Indianhead and a 312 at Bass Lake. Individually, Ansen Nomm of the Thunderbirds tied for first place both days. On Monday Nomm tied with John Birnbaum of Mosinee and Tuesday he tied with teammate Kyle Bengston. Nomm and Bengston are 1-2 in the GNC standings through the first three legs.
Despite the Hodags only placing one golfer in the top 10 Monday or Tuesday, they still showed improvement and all five varsity golfers were below 100 strokes both days. Senior Zach Olds finished with his season-best of a 79 and tied for fifth place at Indianhead. And after shooting a 47 on the front of Bass Lake, Olds finished strong and would finish with an 83 to tie for ninth place. In the conference standings, Olds now sits in eighth place with four legs left this season.
Will England and Nick Twite both recorded 91's for Rhinelander on Monday. While Joseph Schmitz shot a 95 and Nick Sandstrom rounded out the varsity lineup with a 99 and marked his first varsity start.
On Tuesday, Twite would finish in 11th only one stroke behind teammate Olds. Devon Gaber recorded a 94, England shot a 96, and Schmitz finished with a 99 at Bass Lake.
The Hodags will be back in action on Friday afternoon and will host the fourth leg of the Great Northern Conference meet at the Northwood Golf Club.
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