—by Todd Thorson

Playing on the tough TCI course in Polk City, the Norse boys’ golf team took part in the HOAIC tournament last Monday (April 29). It was "an absolute perfect day to play golf," according to Coach Tyler Frederiksen, as the Norsemen placed fourth out of a field of 10 schools.

The Norse had two golfers finish in the top 12 to earn all-conference medals. Evan Johnson shot a round of 76 on the par 71 course to lead the R-S squad and earn himself a tie for fourth place overall in the individual standings. Cole Birchmier carded an 83; good for 12th place overall and a medal. Tavender Jones and Chase Conis finished their rounds with scores of 84 and 88, respectively, to give the Norse their 331 team total. Other Roland-Story scores were turned in by Colton Osmundson (95) and John Barclay (116).

South Hamilton won the conference crown with a score of 311, edging out favorite and top ranked (Class 2A) PCM by nine strokes. Gilbert was third, just eight shots in front of the Norsemen with a 323 total.

Trevor Ullestad of South Hamilton won the individual title, carding a one-under 70 to defeat his teammate Braxton Risetter (73) by three strokes. The two of them, with the help of their teammate Jordan Bowers’ 82 (11th place overall), helped the Hawks stay in front of the PCM squad. The Mustangs struggled on this day, as their top ranked golfer Hunter Van Veen finished with an 81. His teammates Devon Woody (76) and Ryan Jennings (79) attempted to pick him up, but South Hamilton was just the better team on this day. The Hawks are coached by Trevor’s father, Mark Ullestad, who has also been known to turn in a few good rounds of golf himself.

Rounding out the field was Nevada, finishing five shots in back of the Norsemen at 336. Colfax-Mingo was right behind the Cubs at 337. North Polk finished with a 357 total. Saydel was at 381. Greene County finished with a team score of 394 and CMB brought up the rear with a 474 score. Gilbert’s Garret Jensen (74) finished third in the individual standings, while teammate James Howell finished tied for fourth at 76.