Marines Take 1st, Maroons 2nd At Marinette Ryder CupIssue Date: May 5, 2022
During the tough grind of a conference golf season, Tuesday's Ryder Cup meet at Little River provided a nice alternative, though the competition level remained high.
The 18 holes in the Ryder Cup are played with two pairs of two from each participating school and six holes each of alternate shot, scramble, and best ball.
Marinette and Menominee battled for the top spot on the day, with Oconto Falls also in the mix. The Marines eventually came out on top by two strokes over the Maroons.
Marinette's pair of Trey Kretz and Kelten Hermanson combined for a 67 and a duo of Keegan Polomis and Brady Eastman shot a 74.
Dominic Smerchek and Owen Hanson's 83 was dropped.
Menominee had two solid scores, with Brady Badker and Andrew MacIntyre shooting 72, and a combo of Cooper Conway and Matt Mellinger carding a 71.
Menominee coach Tony Hofer is happy with how his team is playing so far in 2022.
"Those four have been playing pretty solid throughout the year so far. Brady's been really good and Andrew's been shooting good numbers too. Cooper's been very solid. Those three have been leading the way, and Matt had some really good shots today and made some putts," Hofer said. "Badker and Mac left a couple out there on the greens, but they hit the ball pretty solid today, so it was a good day for them."
Aidan Bellisle and Kade Lesperance shot a 101 for the Maroons as well.
Having the meet come down to two strokes between rivals Marinette and Menominee added to the fun as well.
"It was a fun day. We played well. To watch them and Menominee play together, they really had a nice battle there," Marinette coach Pete Kretz said. "It was tight and the pressure was on. It was nice to see these kids hold up under pressure and play well."
Oconto Falls wasn't too far behind with a 146. Trevor Metzler and Kadyn Riel led the way, shooting a 69. Keeton Herms and Rease Hodkiewicz shot a 77. Caden Leonhardt and Tommy Carmody's 80 was dropped.
Pulaski and Escanaba were next with 149 each, followed by 159 from Peshtigo.
Christian Boyle and Grant Bauman shot a 70, while Travis Lund and Alex Raygo combined for 89, highlighted by a chip-in birdie on hole nine.
"I was pleased with how well our team competed today - there was a lot to be proud of," Peshtigo coach Kyle Cheney said. "Grant and Christian made multiple easy birdies on their even par round of 70. If it wasn't for a double bogey hiccup at the par-three 13th and bogey on the fourth during the best ball section of holes they would have really had a nice score."
De Pere shot a 164, with Crivitz next at 174. For the Wolverines, Joey PIckett and Kaden Klaver's 85 was the top score, followed by TJ Mueller and Jack Bauer's 89. Jake Kosmecki and Brayden Marvin recorded a 93.
Coleman's 93 from Lincoln Henry and Aubrey Bintz and an 89 from Kamron Kostrova and Scott Brazeau made up the team's 182. Liam Zeitler and Evan Hockers' 96 was dropped.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy got a 74 from the duo of Kaiden Bailey and Theron Thayer. A 147 from Chase Gromala and Brady Smith was the team's other total, bringing the Cavaliers' team score to 221. Tayen Schwartz and Elizabeth Hooks shot a 149.
Blue Devils Get Past Peshtigo at Packerland Nine Hole Meet
Oconto bested Peshtigo and the rest of the Packerland Conference at the conference's fourth tour stop at the Orchards in Egg Harbor on Monday.
The Blue Devils shot a 185 as a team over nine holes to Peshtigo's 190. All four of Oconto's counting scores came in under 50.
Oconto's leader was Christian Koch at 43. Carter Koch shot a 45, Josh Maynard shot a 48, and David Westenberg's 49 was headlined by a birdie on the par-three third hole. Drew Reinhardt's 59 was dropped.
The Bulldogs got a medalist round from Grant Bauman, at 41.
Christian Boyle carded a 46, hurt by a 10 on a par-five fourth hole. He was sharp outside of that one hiccup.
Logan Smith shot a 51, and Travis Lund shot a 52. Alex Raygo carded a 53 in his first match as a member of the team.
Southern Door (193) and Sturgeon Bay (186) were the other two Packerland teams with full rosters Monday.
Marines Win Conference
Showdown at Whistling Straits
Marinette's top four golfers all posted strong scores to come away with a 320 score and a 17-stroke win at Whistling Straits on Wednesday.
Ty Kretz shot a medalist round of 74, two over par on what coach Pete Kretz called "one of the toughest courses in the state." It was also a windy day on the course, adding to the difficulty.
Kelten Hermanson shot a 79, boosted by a birdie on 11, where he sunk a 55-foot putt.
"It was a windy one. I hit the ball fairly well, but just made some mistakes coming down the stretch that resulted in a 79," Hermanson said. "All in all, I thought with the conditions that we handled them well and the team played well."
Keegan Polomis carded an 81 and Brady Eastman shot an 86.
Eastman sunk a few long putts but said he struggled to keep the ball straight at some points.
Polomis said he needs to work on staying consistent and starting strong, but he was happy with how the team performed.
The Marines are on a roll to start the season, with Kretz and Hermanson each posting medalist scores in the early going and Polomis and Eastman holding down spots three and four in the lineup.
"I'm really proud of the team and how we are playing," Ty Kretz said.
Owen Hansen finished with a 133 and Dominic Smerchek shot a 106, his season-best.
Oconto Falls was third as a team behind Wrightstown with a 357. Rease Hodkiewicz led the Panthers at 84, Thomas Carmody shot an 88, and Trevor Metzler shot a 91. Caden Leonhardt shot a 94 and Kadyn Riel's 99 rounded out the Panthers' scores.
Wildcats Win M&O
Meet at Riverside G.C.
Lena won the M&O Conference golf meet at Riverside on Monday with a score of 189, though Coleman wasn't far behind with a 193.
For Lena, Braden McVane's 44 wsa a team-best, followed by 46 from Drake Dionne, 48 by Evan Vanderzandedn, and 51 from Mason Simonson. KC Miller shto a 55.
Coleman's Karson Casper carded a 42 and Kamron Kostrova shot a 46. Evan Hockers' 51 and Lincoln Henry's 54 counted toward the team's 193 and Liam Zeitler's 57 was dropped.
Crivitz shot a 205 as a team. Jack Bauer shot a 46 to lead the way, followed by Joey Pickett (50), Jake Kosmecki (52), Kaden Klaver (57), and Maisen Eiting (58).
Oneida was fourth with a 233, followed by 251 from Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy with 251. The Cavaliers were paced by a medalist round from Kaiden Bailey, who shot a par 36. He bogeyed the par-3 second hole but birdied three of the next six holes to get one under before a bogey on nine.
"He had a nice run later in the round with birdies on six and eight. He barely missed an eagle on three," STAA coach George Hayes said. "Playing on his home course worked to Kaiden's advantage as he took medalist honors."
Threon Thayer shot a 50, Chase Gromala carded an 82, and Tayen Schwartz finished with 83. Brady Smith's 96 was dropped in his first varsity appearance.
"Theron struggled early but improved later in the round to finish with a 50 for the day," Hayes said. "Chase and Tayen worked hard all day. Tayen has improved her score every time on the course."
Hayes added that Smith had a few good holes he can build upon as he plays through his first varsity season.
Gillett shot a 268, with the Tiger five made up of Lars Grover (60), Devin Waranka (64), Elsa Limberg (71), Taylor Schuster (73), and Laney DeBauch (73).
Niagara did not qualify for a team score with just three golfers. Nate Olsen shot a 60, Oren Loukus shot a 63, and Hannah Pech shot a 70.
Marines Top NEC Field
at Northbrook Mega Meet
Marinette won the North Eastern Conference Megameet at Northbrook Golf Course in Luxemburg, with Oconto Falls coming in second.
The Marines shot a 332 as a team, 14 strokes in front of the Panthers. It was the closest any team had played Marinette all season. Wrightstown was third of 10 teams with a 350.
Marinette was led by a 78 from Trey Kretz, one stroke off of the medalist, Luxemburg-Casco's Zach Smith.
Keegan Polomis carded an 81, Kelten Hermanson shot an 85, and Brady Eastman's 88 rounded out the Marines' top four. Bryce Gameline stepped into the fifth place in the lineup and shot a 114.
"The course was tough and wet. We all felt we left some strokes out there," Polomis said. "I shot an 81 to finish fourth, but I couldn't buy a putt down the stretch and need to get back to the putting green. Can't complain with a conference win, but we'll be looking to go low on Friday in our home meet."
The Panthers were consistent from spots one to five in the lineup. Kaden Riel led the team with an 82, followed by Rease Hodkiewicz and his 86, 88 from Trevor Metzler, 90 from Caden Leonhardt, and 93 by Thomas Carmody.
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