Wildcats slowed by wet Red Maple course

Lena takes 6th at M&O meet
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Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Lena High School golfer Jacob Staidl watches a putt roll toward the cup on the 12th hole at Red Maple Country Club in Suring on Monday during a Marinette & Oconto Conference meet.

A wet course at Red Maple Country Club in Suring on Monday presented its challenges to the Marinette & Oconto Conference.

Lena struggled, with no player posting scores better than a 51 on the back nine, as the Tigers placed sixth with a score of 207.

Peshtigo (174) won the meet, with Coleman (192) and Wausaukee (203) rounding out the top three.

“Red Maple in Suring is a tough nine if you’re not hitting it straight,” Lena head coach John Moe said. “Add in that the course is very wet right now, that adds distance and makes it even more difficult.”

Four strokes separated Lena from a top-three finish, which is why the team is working on consistency among the top five golfers.

However, on Monday, the scores went up.

Jacob Staidl and Hunter Borchert each shot rounds of 51, while Dalton Anderson followed with a 52 and Jacob Anderley posted a 53. Colby Borchert shot a 58.

“We have been working on bunching our scores together one through five,” Moe said. “We did that today, just in the wrong direction.”

Moe would like to see a little more mental toughness on the course, which would prevent one bad stroke from turning into multiple poor shots.

It’s something he didn’t see much of on Monday.

“We are giving in too easy on too many holes where we just take an eight or a nine,” Moe said. “That won’t get us where we’d like to be.”

Suring did not have four scores, preventing it from placing in the team competition.

Peshtigo’s Trent Carriveau and Tyler Lund each shot rounds of 40 to share medalist honors.

Marinette & Oconto Conference meet

May 8

Red Maple Country Club

Team scores: Peshtigo, 174; Coleman, 192; Wausaukee, 203; Crivitz, 204; STAA, 205; Lena, 207.