Hinton boys finish second in War Eagle Conference golf race

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Above, Remsen St. Mary’s Spencer Schorg taps in his final putt of the day as he concluded with a round of 84. Schorg secured first team all-conference standing for the second consecutive season.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

SIOUX CENTER — The War Eagle Conference boys golf meet had double importance for Hinton at The Ridge on Monday, May 6. Along with the tournament championship being up for grabs, the meet also served as the location for the regular season dual meet against Harris-Lake Park as the two teams entered with undefeated records in league play. While Hinton was supposed to host the Wolves earlier this season, the weather forced a postponement to the neutral course, possibly to the detriment of the Blackhawks.

While Hinton shot a solid 164 on the cool and breezy spring day, Harris-Lake Park managed a 156 to hand the Blackhawks their only dual loss of the season.

The best local finish came from MMCRU’s Cade Pepper as he shot an 82. Pepper parred six of the holes on the first nine for a 39 and was four strokes higher on the second nine which included a birdie on the par-5 13th and two pars.

Above, MMCRU’s Cade Pepper chips onto the green on one of the holes at The Ridge. Pepper shot an 82 to secure the best finish by a local golfer at the conference meet and earned himself first team all-conference recognition.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

Hinton’s Beller and Spencer Schorg of Remsen St. Mary’s were among a group of four who finished with scores of 84 for the day. After his team leading front nine 40, Beller concluded with a 44 on the back nine with a birdie on No. 13 and two pars right after. Schorg had one of the best front nines of the day with a +4 39 where he matched par on each of his first six holes. He added five even scores on the back nine, but had a hiccup on the 12th hole as he needed nine strokes to complete the hole, propping up his score to a 45 on what was an otherwise good day for the junior.

Remsen St. Mary’s shot a 367 as a team as they dropped one placing from their regular season record against the War Eagle in the tournament as HMS leapfrogged them. RSM was the tournament champion last season. After Schorg’s top 10 finish, the Hawks next went to Will Galles with a 93 total. His day was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 15th which followed up a pair of pars to start the day on his first two holes. The final two counting scores for the Hawks were identical 95 totals from Seth Nelson and Austin Schwickerath. Each had a pair of pars on the day with both of Nelson’s coming on the back nine and both of Schwickerath’s on the front nine. Xavier Galles had a non-counting 97, but he was the only golfer on the day to birdie the par-4 11th hole.

MMCRU went 5-5 in the conference regular season and finished right in the middle again in the tournament meet with a 374. After Pepper’s top 10 finish, the next in the Royals’ succession was Ethan Riedemann. His 92 score was a stroke away from scoring individual points in the all-conference race. After a bit of a tough start to the day with a 49 and just one par on his first nine holes, Riedemann dropped his second nine score to a 43 with three pars and a birdie on No. 13. MMCRU’s final two counting scores were even 100 marks from Brennan Rolfes and Andrew Prescott who each had one even par hole on the day.

The teams will now focus on the upcoming postseason tournaments set for Friday, May 10. MMCRU and Remsen St. Mary’s will be in Kingsley for their 1A sectional.

2019 BOYS WAR EAGLE ALL-CONFERENCE GOLF TEAMS

1st Team

Spencer Schorg, Remsen St. Mary’s

Cade Pepper, MMCRU

2nd Team

Ethan Riedemann, MMCRU

Will Galles, Remsen St. Mary’s

Team standings

Harris-Lake Park20-0
Hinton18-2
Unity Christian16-4
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn13-7
Remsen St. Mary’s13-7
MMCRU10-10
South O’Brien7-13
Akron-Westfield7-13
Gehlen Catholic3-17
Trinity Christian2-17
West Sioux0-19

Team scores: Harris-Lake Park 316, Hinton 344, Unity Christian 346, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 348, Remsen St. Mary’s 367, MMCRU 374, South O’Brien 398, Akron-Westfield 401, Gehlen Catholic 420, Trinity Christian 437, West Sioux (did not field full team).

Individual scores: (Medalists- Top 20) Adrian Martin, HLP 37-39—76; Isaac Ihnen, HLP 41-37—78; Lucas Gunderson, HLP 39-39—78; Kory Van Oort, West Sioux 36-43—79; Kolin Kroeze, Unity 41-40—81; Avery Bush, HMS 41-41—82; Cade Pepper, MMCRU 39-43—82; Spencer Schorg, RSM 39-45—84; Blake Beller, Hinton 40-44—84; Lucas De Groot, Unity 41-43—84; Jaxson Heikens, HLP 39-45—84; Andrew Hessa, Hinton 41-45—86; Turner Schmitt, Hinton 42-44—86; Payton Gonnerman, HMS 45-42—87; Carson Prins, Hinton 44-44—88; Braydan Perkins, HLP 42-46—88; Braden Vonk, Hinton 45-43—88; Jeremy Struve, South O’Brien 44-45—89; Samuel Heyn, HMS 43-46—89; Isaia Lammers, Gehlen 48-42—90; Samuel Haack, HMS 44-46—90; Dayton Visser, Unity 42-48—90.

(MMCRU) Ethan Riedemann 49-43—92, Brennan Rolfes 47-53—100, Andrew Prescott 52-48—100, Dean Jenness 51-54—105.

(RSM) Will Galles 49-44—93, Seth Nelson 47-48—95, Austin Schwickerath 45-50—95, Xavier Galles 50-47—97, Carter Schorg 51-50—101.