The Norsemen boys finally were able to get on the River Bend Golf Course in Story City last Monday (April 15), but it still was a cold afternoon, with temperatures in the mid-30s. The Norse took on Colo-Nesco and easily defeated the Royals, 179-216. Chase Conis earned meet medalist honors by carding a 41. Cole Birchmier and John Barclay each posted rounds of 44. Sam Miller managed a score of 50.
"It was a cold night, but we had some kids step up and post (some) good scores for us," said Coach Tyler Frederiksen.
In J.V. action, the Norsemen also defeated Colo-Nesco, 191-294. Colton Osmundson led the Norse with a score of 43. Mason Mabee and Landen Stalzer each carded 48s. Michael Finley came in with a 52, followed by Russell Hubby and Tyler Hobbs with 53s.
All in all, some very good scores considering how unpleasant the elements were.
On Tuesday (April16), the R-S boys traveled to Woodland Hills Golf Course to square off with Saydel. And once again the Norse prevailed, 176-183. Chase Conis led the Norse for the second straight day, posting an excellent round of 38 on the front nine par 35 layout. Colton Osmundson was next at 43, followed by Cole Birchmier with a 46. John Barclay came in with a 49. Sam Miller posted 51 and Mason Mabee finished with a 56. Other scores for the Norsemen were turned in by Michael Finley and Tyler Hobbs, as they posted rounds of 52, and Landen Stalzer shot a 57. There was no team scores kept because Saydel lacked the appropriate number of golfers.
The Roland-Story girls took on Colo-Nesco on Monday night on the road. The Norse easily defeated the Royals 206-241, just as their male counterparts did. Melissa Krakau led the Norsemen with a 48. Bridget Concannon followed with a round of 50. Lindsey Fisher posted a 52, while Danielle Retallick carded a 58.
The Norse girls were able to get their turn, finally, on their home course at River Bend, taking on Gilbert last Tuesday afternoon (April 16). The result was a 32-stroke win by the Norsemen, 220-252. Despite Gilbert’s Jaccee Lenz’ medalist-earning round of 48, the R-S girls used their consistency and depth to cruise to the victory. Bridget Concannon and Danielle Retallick each posted rounds of 53. Kelsie Crouch came in with a 56, and Lindsey Fisher scored a 58. Other scores were turned in by Melissa Krakau (65) and Kelly Devitt (69).
Conditions have been trying to improve, but it has been a slow process, to say the least. It was cool and windy, with temperatures near 50, which is better than what the golfers have had to deal with all along this spring.
The Norsemen were also able to let the rest of their squad participate in the meet, but Gilbert was short on numbers, so there was no J.V. score kept. Other scores by the Norse were as follows: Jesslyn Coghlan, 65; Cassie Shadlow, 67; Molly Fink, 69; Jacey Ellis, 76; Jaeda Pitman, 78; Hailey Arthur and Emily Seydell, 79; Paige Petzenhauser and Brooke Ehrenberg, 82; Samantha Reisinger, 85; and Brooke Huffaker, 86.
The Norse girls are coached by first year coach Larry Ammerman.
On Saturday morning (April 20), the R-S boys traveled to Grundy Center for the annual GC tournament. The weather was the best it had been all season, with temps in the 50s, as the sun shone and a light, variable breeze blew across the course. Seven teams competed, and in an exciting day of golf, the Norsemen managed to come out as champions, placing first with a team score of 171. Host Grundy Center came in second, just one shot back.
The Norse laid claim the medalist and runner-up medalist honors, as Tavender Jones shot a 37 and Evan Johnson carded a 39.
"I was really proud of those two guys for stepping up and posting great scores for our team," said an elated Coach Tyler Frederiksen. "Everyone battled and scored well enough for us to edge out Grundy Center by one."
Chase Conis came in with a 47, followed by Cole Birchmier with a 48. Colton Osmundson had a round of 50, and John Barclay shot a 52 to round out the varsity scores.
The victory pushes the Norsemen’s record this spring to 10-1.