Freshman Hunter Rud tees off with the first varsity foursome versus Waukon.
Freshman Hunter Rud tees off with the first varsity foursome versus Waukon.
The Caledonia/Spring Grove co-op boys and girls golf teams teed up their 2012 season with a busy week of three matches each.

Boys versus Waukon

Monday, April 2, found the boys hosting Waukon at MaCal Grove Country Club in Caledonia.

Varsity players turned in a winning 166, while Waukon came in a 194. "For the first meet of the year, I was really excited to see a solid score from the boys," coach Jeremy Leis said.

Senior Joey Ehlers shot a 42 on a warm breezy afternoon. Freshman Hunter Rud came in with a 40. Sophomore Devin Schiltz also burned up the course with a 40. Sophomore Justin Inglett shot a 46, while fellow tenth-graders Evan Welscher and Carter Mann shot 44 and 45, respectively.

Teams are allowed to send a maximum of six varsity players onto the links. The four lowest scores are combined into a team total with the fifth lowest score serving as a tiebreaker.

The junior varsity team also won on Monday, 198 to 201.

Boys versus Kingsland

Tuesday the boys played at home again, this time a conference dual versus Kingsland. They defeated the Knights, 170-203. Varsity scores were 43 for Ehlers, 44 for Rud, 38 for Schiltz, 45 for Welscher, 45 for Mann and 45 for Inglett.

"It was a great round for Devin," Leis said. "It was a windy day, and he played solid and led us to a win."

The JV shot a 206. Kingsland did not post a JV score.

Boys at La Crescent

On Thursday, the team traveled along with the girls to Valley High between Houston and Hokah for another non-conference match hosted by La Crescent.

The varsity shot a 189, while the Lancers got the win with a 179.

Ehlers shot 46, while Rud turned in a 47. Schiltz and Welscher both shot 48. Mann also shot 48, while Inglett had a 53.

The JV turned in a 235. Lancer JV scores were not available at press time.

Leis said the team struggled with the Valley High course. "We are going to work harder on managing our games and trying to stay on the correct side of the hole to make it a little easier on us...

"We need to be able to take our games on the road, and we will work hard every week to make this happen."

Girls tee up thrice

The Warrior girls' team also opened versus Waukon on Monday, traveling to northern Iowa for their initial match while the boys played at home.

The Herald hasn't received any results from the C/SG coach concerning the three matches last week, including a Thursday trip to La Crescent.

On Tuesday, the girls played a conference dual at Kingsland (Root River Country Club) in Spring Valley. Kingsland coach Brent Kohn reported that the Knights turned in an incomplete with only three varsity scores. The Warriors scored 203.

Katie McCarthy shot a 47. Jennifer Ely turned in a 49. Paige Lanen shot 52, as did Katie Meyer.

Looking ahead

The lady Warriors are scheduled to play at the Stewartville Tournament on April 10 (Willow Creek Golf Course). On the 13th, they will travel to Decorah, Iowa. Monday, April 16 finds the girls at home hosting Kingsland.

The boys will play at Rushford-Peterson on Thursday, April 12. On the following afternoon, they will host Decorah. On Monday the 16th, they will visit Kingsland.