Esky girls’ golf takes 2nd
MENOMINEE — The Menominee girls and Marinette boys golf teams were victorious at the Menominee Invitational held at Riverside Golf Club on Monday.
The Maroons crushed the competition, beating second-place Escanaba (464) by 55 strokes after coming in at 409.
Esky’s Paxton Johnson took medalist honors for the girls with her 88, while the Maroons locked down the next five best scores with Josie Hofer’s 96 leading the way. They were the only female golfers to shoot under-100 rounds.
Olivia Badker took third with a 103, Emma Hofer and Arikah Bellisle tied for fourth at 105, Madison Derusha took sixth with a 106 and Emma Antilla tied for ninth after shooting 125.
“It wasn’t the easiest day for scoring but there was still a lot of good things,” Menominee coach Tony Hofer said. “Josie had a very good day taking runner-up with the only other score under 100. We had all six of our girls in the top-10. Another really good team effort. Ideally we’d like to be under 400 (total team score), but we’ll take a win anytime.”
Averie Rath of Esky followed up Johnson’s medalist round by taking eighth with a 116, Angie Wilson tied for ninth with Antilla (125), Macy Leisenring shot 135 and Kenadie Dagenais rounded out the top-5 with a 152.
Carney’s Shae Linder led the Wolves with a 158, Heidi Kirschner carded a 161 and Tessa Wagner came in with a 178. Marquette was led by Morgan Rhoades’ 114, which was good for seventh place.
On the boys side, Marinette’s Ty Kretz shot a 75, edging Gladstone’s Rudy Peterson by one stroke. Kretz’s teammate Wes Knutson came in third with a 78 to beat Esky’s Nathan Rousseau (79) by one as well. The Marines won with an overall team score 323, Esky and Marquette tied at 340 and Menominee was fourth with 395.
Kelten Hermanson turned in a top-10 performance for the Marines by coming in seventh with an 84 and Chas Ferm shot 86 for Marinette’s winning team score of 323. Matt Wagner’s 87 was thrown out.
The Menominee boys turned in its best nine-hole score of the year on the front-nine, but the back at Riverside can turn a good round bad and a bad round worse, and the young Maroons found that out Monday. Each player in the Maroons top-5 shot worse on the back than the front, all but Joe Haire who improved on his front nine score of 59 with a 56 on the back for his best round of the year (115).
“The back nine (at Riverside) is very tough and a lot of our scores showed there,” Hofer said. “I was happy with the front nine score. Any time you can shoot your season-low round is a good time, hopefully it helps us figure it out and we keep shooting lower and lower.”
Andrew MacIntyre led the Maroons with an 87, Brady Badker carded an 89, Cooper Conway shot 104 and Kade Lesperance came in with a 134. Like Haire, Lesperance also shot his best nine-hole score, he just scored his on the front instead of the back (61).
Esky’s Brett McDonough came in behind Rousseau with an 83, Jaden Gravelle shot an 88, Trevor Denome carded a 90 and Clayton Smith came in just under the century-mark at 98.
Hunter DuPont of Carney led the way for his team with a 90 and Max Baumler shot 100.
The Maroons are off now until Monday at Kingsford for another GNC meet while Marinette has the North Eastern Conference meet Wednesday at Brown County Golf Course in Hobart, Wis.
Menominee 409, Escanaba 464, Marquette 545, Carney NTS.
Menominee — J. Hofer 98, Badker 103, E. Hofer 105, Bellisle 105.
Escanaba — Johnson 88, Rath 116, Wilson 125, Leisenring 135.
Carney-Nadeau — Linder 158, Kirschner 161, Wagner 178.
Marinette 323, Marquette 340, Esky 340, Menominee 395, Gladstone 437, Carney-Nadeau 517
Marinette — Kretz 75, Knutson 78, Hermanson 84, Ferm 86.
Escanaba — Rousseau 79, McDonough 83, Gravelle 88, Denome 90.
Menominee — MacIntyre 87, Badker 89, Conway 104, Haire 115.
Gladstone — Peterson 76, Lamberg 107, Pouper 124, Borchert 130.
Carney-Nadeau — DuPont 90, Baumler 100, LaFord 149, Imhoff 178.