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.
The Rhinelander High School golf team ended the week and finished strong, placing first at the Hodag Invite held at Northwood Golf Course on Friday. The Hodags shot a 377 and was the lone team to crack a 400 in the four-team invite. There was also only four total golfers who broke a score of a 100 on the day. It also marked the fourth consecutive match for the varsity squad.
Senior Nick Twite and freshman teammate Kole Gechas finished 1-2 overall. Twite shot a 13-over par round of 85 including shooting a 39 on the back nine. He also carded a birdie on the par-5 14th hole. Gechas was only four-shots shy of Twite for the runner-up spot, shooting an 89 on the day. His highlights included five pars and a birdie on the par-4 10th hole.
Neil Mathews had the third best finish for RHS and would place sixth overall with a round of 101. Nick Schiek was right behind Mathews and recorded a 102 to finsih eighth overall. And Cooper Kovac rounded out the varsity carding a 117.
Rhinelander will be back in action on Tueday for the the fouth leg of the Great Northern Conference tourmament that will be held at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Minocqua. From there, the Hodags will host the fifth leg of the conference race on Friday at Northwood Golf Course and will close out the week with an invite at Merrill on Saturday.
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