WISCONSIN RAPIDS SECOND AT MERRILL BOYS GOLF INVITE


Marshfield's Maxx Oertel. (Paul Lecker file photo)

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MERRILL – Wisconsin Rapids finished second behind a sizzling Rhinelander squad at the Merrill Boys Golf Invitational on Saturday at Merrill Golf Course.


Rhinelander won the team title with a 322, 12 shots in front of Wisconsin Rapids. Stevens Point was sixth with a 350, Marshfield’s No. 1 team was eighth with a 358 and its No. 2 team was 12th with a 366.


Conner Krach of Wausau Newman Catholic was meet medalist with a 73, three shots in front of Joey Volpentesta of Antigo.


Brady Skifton had a 79 to place fifth, Dominick Fetterer had an 82, Carter Morrison shot an 86, and Sawyer Wilkens had an 87 for Wisconsin Rapids.


Wisconsin Rapids had a second team with only three golfers, so it doesn’t figure in team standings. Chase Jensen had a 91, Jack Blockhuis shot a 96, and Mitch Blockhuis fired a 98.


Ethan Thomas led Stevens Point with an 81. Nate Earnest had an 87, A.J. Earnest shot an 89, and Jacob Kozelek had a 93 for the Panthers.


Kyle Berres had an 82, Tyler Heiman and Maxx Oertel each had 86s, and Graydon Anderson had a 104 for Marshfield No. 1.


Keegan Frederick had an 86, Afton Hamill shot a 90, and Ethan Schnitzler and Eli Krueger both had 95s for Marshfield No. 2.


In addition to Krach’s leading 73, Jack Hoelter had a 90, Nevaeh Nelson had a 97 and Sam Nelson shot a 99 for Newman Catholic.


Merrill Boys Golf Invitational

May 7, at Merrill Golf Course

Team scores: 1. Rhinelander 322; 2. Wisconsin Rapids-1 334; 3. Wausau West-1 338; 4. Antigo 342; 5. Wausau East-1 345; 6. Stevens Point 350; 7. D.C. Everest 353; 8. Marshfield-1 358; 9. Wausau Newman Catholic 359; 10. Lakeland 361; 11. Wausau West-2 363; 12. Marshfield-2 366; 13. Merrill-1 406; 14. Northland Pines 415; 15. Wausau East-2 432.

Top individual scores: 1. Conner Krach (WNC) 73; 2. Joey Volpentesta (ANT) 76; 3. Koldyn Gechas (RH) and Andy Ziemer (DC) 77; 5. Brady Skifton (WR) 79.

Two-person best ball: 1. Gechas-Garrett Kuhlhanek (RH) 70; 2. Volpentesta-Alex Samolinski (ANT) 71; 3. Andrew Henrichs-Brody Kowieski (RH) and Krach-Sam Nelson (WNC) 72; 5. Lucca Tonelli-Tyler Skogstad (WW) 73.

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