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Adam Lazaroff sinks a putt for Lakeland during the fifth Great Northern Conference meet on Tuesday, May 15, at Timber Ridge Golf Club.
Abbey McEnroe/Lakeland Times

Adam Lazaroff sinks a putt for Lakeland during the fifth Great Northern Conference meet on Tuesday, May 15, at Timber Ridge Golf Club.
Entering the fifth Great Northern Conference golf meet, Lakeland Union High School had just three more tournaments left on the regular season slate.

Tuesday, though, was the first time the Thunderbirds played a home meet all season as they took to Timber Ridge Golf Club.

Despite not playing on the course frequently, Lakeland had some home cooking, shooting the best team score of the season, 306, to win its fifth straight GNC meet.

"It was a great team win at home," LUHS head coach Scott Howard said. "It was a goal coming in. We had not won a home conference tournament since I've been here. That was a big goal coming in and we certainly accomplished that."

Not only did Lakeland win its fifth GNC meet as a team, but it was also the fifth time in as many meets that a T-Bird won the individual meet.

Kyle Bengtson shot a 71 in the first GNC meet at Medford, but that was a Par 70 course and he finished one over par.

On Tuesday, Bengtson shot a 71, but at Timber Ridge it was a one under par, earning him the win and the best score of his high school career.

"He played well all day," Howard said. "He was solid tee to green, he made some really key putts for birdies. The other thing that help him was the course played a little bit firm and fast, so he was able to reach the Par 5's in two. He was able to be putting for eagle or get up and down and make birdies."

Bengtson wasn't a one-man show, though, as Ansen Nomm shot a 74 to place third, while Adam Lazaroff's 79 earned him sixth place.

Kailey Godfrey was 11th with an 82 and Jake Collins finished in 13th place with an 83.

"All five played well, top to bottom," Howard said. "A couple struggled with putting a little bit, but other than that, I thought all five played very well."

Medford also tied for third in the meet, meaning Lakeland heads into the final two meets of the season with a 6.5-point lead in the GNC standings.

Meanwhile, Nomm and Bengtson are duking it out for the individual GNC championship, with the former up by 3.5 points.

Lakeland played at Eagle River on Thursday before wrapping up the GNC tournament today at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk.

"Everything has been great so far, but we don't want to lose sight of what we're doing either," Howard said. "It just gets tougher and tougher from here on out."

The last GNC title for the T-Birds came in 2014, which was the same year they had golfers take first and second individually.

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