Menominee golf

Menominee’s Josie Hofer sinks a put during the Maroons’ Great Northern Conference meet, Thursday at Riverside Golf Club in Menominee.

EagleHerald Sports Editor

MENOMINEE—The Menominee Maroons golf team opened Great Northern Conference play with a victory at Riverside Golf Club on Thursday.

Despite a heavy rain that soaked the course and turned the front-nine into a marsh, the Maroons were able to pick up wins on both girls and boys sides.

“I’m very happy with how both teams played on Thursday,” Maroons’ head coach Tony Hofer said. “It’s always good to start off conference play with a win on your home course, because if you want to win the GNC you cannot give up points at home.”

Jenna Nolde shot a 39 to garner medalist honors and lead the Menominee girls to a combined score of 206 for a first-place finish. Madison Derusha recorded a 47 with Jenna Nolde close behind with 48. Erin Barrette and Emma Anderson each shot 73.

“Madison is playing very well and she’s practicing hard. She’ll start putting the ball in the hole and she’ll knock a couple of strokes off her score easily,” Hofer said. “Jenna’s starting to figure things out after having not played golf for three or four years, so seeing her shoot such a low score is a good sign.”

Marquette was second (244) with Escanaba (267) in third.

On the boys side, Brady Badker shot a 38 while Cooper Conway finished with a 39 as the Menominee boys shot a combined 168 to capture first place. Andrew MacIntrye (41), Joe Haire (50) and Matt Mellinger (52) rounded out the day for Menominee.

Marquette took home second place with a 174 while Escanaba (177) finished third.

“The boys like to play a lot and it shows,” Hofer said. “Brady put up a nice score and I’m glad to see him do it during a meet. It’s one thing to shoot a 38 with your friends but to do it in competition was great to see.”

On Friday, the Maroons traveled to Gladstone to take part in a Bestball invitational but couldn’t find the same success as they had a day prior.

Badker and MacIntrye teamed up for a 39 with Conway and Mellinger shooting a 41 and Kade Lesperance and Joe Haire recording a 48 to finish second with a combined score of 128. Marquette (117) was first and Escanaba (127) was close behind Menominee in third place.

For the girls, Hofer and Derusha combined to shoot 42 while Nolde and Barrette finished with 44 for a combined score of 86 and a fourth-place finish. The Redmen were first with a 158 with Negaunee (172) in second and Escanaba (173) nipping at their heels in third.

The Maroons are back in action Tuesday at Little River Golf Course in Marinette. Tee time is noon.

Team scores (Thursday)

Girls

Menominee 206, Marquette 244, Escanaba 267, Kingsford 290

Individual scores (Menominee)

Hofer 39, Derusha 47, Nolde 48, Barrette 73, Anderson 73.

Boys

Menominee 168, Marquette 174, Escanaba 177, Kingsford 190, Gladstone 305

Individual scores (Menominee)

Badker 38, Conway 39, MacIntrye 41, Haire 50, Mellinger 52.