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May 25, 2018

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Nomm and Lakeland win a pair of GNC golf meets
Laura Harvey/ANTIGO Daily JOURNAL

Kailey Godfrey tees off for Lakeland during a Great Northern Conference meet at Bass Lake Country Club in Antigo on Tuesday, May 8.
Laura Harvey/ANTIGO Daily JOURNAL

Kailey Godfrey tees off for Lakeland during a Great Northern Conference meet at Bass Lake Country Club in Antigo on Tuesday, May 8.

Nick Sabato
River News reporter


The Lakeland Union High School golf team continued a stretch of playing six times in the last seven days.

Most people wouldn't balk at that schedule right about now and the Thunderbirds didn't appear to mind the grind too much either.

On Monday and Tuesday, Lakeland competed in a pair of Great Northern Conference meets, registering wins in both.



Mashing in Mosinee

On Monday, Lakeland entered the day looking to build upon winning the first GNC meet last week, while also getting some action on Indianhead Golf Course, which they will play again in the postseason.

The T-Birds placed four players in the top 10 to finish with a top scoring of 321, besting Medford's 334.

"Mosinee is a course we're going to see again for regionals so it was great for everybody to play well on it," LUHS head coach Scott Howard said. "We need some experience on that course and it's very difficult for scoring. I thought we did very well there."

Lakeland's Ansen Nomm tied John Birnbaum of Mosinee for the top individual score, shooting a career-best 75.

Adam Lazaroff tied for third place with a 78, while Kailey Godfrey and Kyle Bengtson tied for eighth with an 84. Jake Collins finished in 13th with a 90.

"That's really bringing it on that course," Howard said. "I thought that was real good for a team score on that course. The wind was howling, some of our players weren't familiar with that course so I thought they handled it very well."



Ansen owns Antigo

Lakeland kept it rolling again on Tuesday, this time at Bass Lake Golf Club in Antigo.

For the third time in as many GNC meets, Lakeland took the top spot, scoring a 312, which again nipped second place Medford's 327.

This time the T-Birds placed four golfers in the top five, with three players breaking 80.

"Bass Lake is a little more of a scoreable golf course than what Indianhead is," Howard said. "It's sets up a little bit better as far as opportunities for scoring. We did great. We placed four in the top five and anytime you do that, that's a big statement."

Once again Nomm led the way by tying for first place - with Bengtson - by shooting a 76.

With his back-to-back wins, Nomm is the third different player to lead Lakeland in a tournament this season.

"He's grown and gotten some strength," Howard said. "He's got some different technology in his clubs and this year his ball flight and his distance - everything in general - has been night and day from last year. He's able to really have opportunities to score. He's had scoring clubs in his hand, whereas last year he wasn't able to hit it as far, his ball flight was a little bit lower and it was a little bit more difficult for him to score. He had to find other ways to do it."

Collins cracked 80 for the first time, shooting a 79 to finish in fourth place, while Godfrey was in fifth place with an 81 and Lazaroff shot an 89.

With Collins's performance, he became the fifth member of the team to score in the 70s this season.

"That's what makes us very dangerous," Howard said. "I've always known that all five are capable, it's just a matter of putting it together and now they've all done it fairly early in our season. That's a very good place to be in. It's very good for their confidence, it shows that they can do it and when you have five players that are capable of that, it's pretty special."

Lakeland has won all three GNC meets and has a chance at a fourth today at Northwood Country Club in Rhinelander, beginning at 3 p.m.

The T-Birds are also slated to compete in a tournament at Merrill Golf Course tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Nick Sabato may be reached at nick@lakelandtimes.com or via Twitter @NickSabatoLT.





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