Akron-Westfield boys golf wins War Eagle Conference championship

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

SIOUX CENTER — The Akron-Westfield boys golf team capped off a perfect conference season with the low score at the War Eagle Conference tournament held Monday at The Ridge.

The Westerners had the low team score of the day with a 351 as they were 12 strokes better than runner-up Unity Christian. Remsen St. Mary’s (370), Hinton (373) and Gehlen Catholic (376) rounded out the top five.

The Westerners were helped by having three of the top four scores at the event. Unity’s Titan Hulstein had the overall medalist round of 81 for the day before the Westerners came in with the next three on the leaderboard. Jackson Marnach led the team with an 85. He matched par on three different holes on the front nine where he shot a 43 and again was even on three holes on the back nine as he scored a 42.

Carter Wilken and Landyn Vossberg followed a stroke behind with 86 tallies. Wilken shot a 45 on his first nine which included even scores on the par-4 third and fifth holes. He shot a 41 on the second nine as he matched par on three par-4 holes on that nine and also birdied the par-5 14th.

Vossberg shot a 42 going out and a 44 coming in for his 86 which included a total of five even-par holes on the day.

Completing the A-W team score was Tatum Wilken with a 94. His day included a birdie of the par-4 third hole and one even-par hole as he recorded splits of 48 and 46.

Raiden Ericson shot splits of 46 and 51 for a 97 total and Carson James ended with an even 100 with nine-hole splits of 48 and 52 as non-counting scores for the Westerners.

The Westerners made up one regular season conference dual against Trinity Christian at the meet. The Westerners scored a 176 compared to a 214 for Trinity. Vossberg’s 42 front nine score earned him medalist honors for that dual.

The Westerners finish 20-0 in conference action this season.

Remsen St. Mary’s

The Hawks finished third at the conference tournament. Their top overall finisher was Colbey Penning who was one of four individuals who tied for the third best score of the day with an 86. Penning had the low score across the front nine, shooting a +3 over the par-35 set of nine holes. He birdied the par-5 sixth and was even on four other holes. He finished 10 strokes behind his front round score with a 48 on his second set of nine.

Carter Schorg finished a spot outside the top 10 with an 89 on the day. He shot a 44 on the first nine which included two even-par holes. He also had two evens on the second nine while adding in a birdie on the par-3 No. 15 hole as he finished that nine with a 45.

Austin Schwickerath birdied two holes in the first nine as part of a 43 and followed that up with two even-par holes on the second nine. However, his second nine score jumped to a 52 as he finished the day with a 95.

One of two even 100 scores from Jaxon Bunkers and Collin Homan was used to complete the team score for the Hawks. Bunkers had one even-par hole on each nine as he finished with splits of 46 and 54. Homan matched par on a pair of par-5 holes in the first nine and once on a par-4 on the second nine as he had matching nine-hole scores of 50.

The team’s last score was a 108 from Hunter Pick as he shot a 52 on the front nine and a 56 on the back nine.

The Hawks made up one of their regular season conference duals against Trinity Christian at the meet as the team scored a 171 to easily pick up the win. Penning’s 38 took medalist honors for that dual.

The Hawks finish the conference season with a 17-3 record. Their only loss in regular season duals came to Akron-Westfield. The team trailed the Westerners and Unity at the conference meet for their other two losses.

Hinton

The Blackhawks were one of three teams to finish in the 370s for their team score. Their 373 was fourth best at the conference tournament.

The team was led by Brody Spies who had one of the four 86 scores which tied for third place on the day. Spies birdied the par-5 sixth and added two even-par holes for his front nine 42. He was even on three par-4 holes on the second nine as he tallied a 44 to bring his total to 86.

Beau Cook was next on the team with a 93. He shot a 45 going out which included three even-par holes. He finished with a 48 on the back nine which included a birdie on the par-4 16th hole. He was the only golfer to birdie that hole on the day.

Garrett Morran was the third Hinton finisher with a 95. He shot a 42 across the first nine holes which included a birdie on the par-4 second and two even pars. He was unable to shoot that low on the second nine, ending with a 53 across those holes.

Kaden Barrett completed the team score with a 99 for the Blackhawks. His first nine 50 included two even-par holes. He was unable to get any evens on the second nine, but still finished with a better 49.

Bode Binneboese shot a 106 and Isaac Richter tallied a 108 as the non-counting scores for Hinton. Binneboese finished with splits of 47 and 59 while Richter shot a 52 going out and a 56 coming in.

Hinton made up a pair of duals at the conference meet. The team counted a 176 to finish below both of their opponents, Harris-Lake Park (206) and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (192). The 42 front nine scores from Spies and Morran were the best in both duals.

Hinton finishes 14-6 in conference play with identical 7-3 records in both duals and the conference tournament head-to-head.

Gehlen Catholic

The Jays finished fifth on the day with a 376. They had a pair of golfers within the top 10. Dawson Barthole led the team with an 87. He shot a 41 on the front nine as he picked up a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole and matched par on the four other holes. He picked up evens on the first and last holes of the back nine, both par-4 holes, as part of his 46 on that nine.

Elias Sitzmann put up matching 44 tallies on each nine for an 88 total. He had an even-par 5 on the first hole and was even on three par-4 holes on the second nine.

Landen Reuter was next on the team with a 97. His best hole came when he birdied the par-5 14th. He had two evens on the front nine as he finished with splits of 45 and 52.

The final score used for the team score was a 104 from Gabe Wiltgen. He was the only one on the day to birdie the par-3 eighth hole which was part of his first nine 46. He dropped off with a 58 on his second nine.

Carson Sitzmann shot a 106 on splits of 49 and 57 while Cam DeRocher ended with a 121 on splits of 57 and 64 as those individual scores were not used towards the team score.

The Jays made up one regular season dual at the conference meet as they beat Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn by a 176-192 score. Barthole’s front nine 41 was the overall medalist round for that dual.

After going 7-3 in conference duals, the team went 6-4 in the conference tournament to finish 13-7. The lone difference from dual play was against Unity. Gehlen won the regular season dual in Le Mars by three strokes, but finished behind the Knights at the conference tournament.

MMCRU

The Royals ended seventh at the conference tournament with a 386 and were just a stroke behind the sixth place team, South O’Brien.

A 15th place finish for Brayden Olsen was their top individual score of the day. He was one of three to score a 91 across the 18 holes as he finished with five even-par holes over the entire day where he shot splits of 44 and 47 on each nine.

Preston Astidias was next on the team with a 97. He shot a 46 on the opening nine with one even-par hole and scored a 51 on the second nine which included two more evens.

A pair of 99 scores from Noah Galles and Haven Hollinshead completed the team score for the Royals. Galles shot a 50 on the front nine with one even-par hole and finished with a 49 on the second nine with two evens on par-4 holes. Hollinshead had one even-par hole on each nine as he finished with splits of 51 and 48.

Bryce Tentinger ended with a pair of 51s for his 102 total and Owen Schroeder finished with a 108 on nine-hole splits of 53 and 55 as the other two scores for the Royals.

MMCRU completed all of their conference duals prior to the conference tournament. They finish with an 8-12 conference record as they finished 4-6 in both duals and tournament action, finishing behind all the same teams at the conference tournament which they lost to in dual action.

Team scores: Akron-Westfield 351, Unity Christian 363, Remsen St. Mary’s 370, Hinton 373, Gehlen Catholic 376, South O’Brien 385, MMCRU 386, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 401, Harris-Lake Park 417, West Sioux 428, Trinity Christian 451.

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