Matt Frey/Medford Star JournalAdam Lazaroff chips a ball onto the green for Lakeland during the first Great Northern Conference meet at Medford’s Black River Golf Course on Thursday, May 3.
Matt Frey/Medford Star Journal


Adam Lazaroff chips a ball onto the green for Lakeland during the first Great Northern Conference meet at Medford’s Black River Golf Course on Thursday, May 3.
Lakeland Union High School has had a hot start to the season on the links and that was put to the test last week with three tournaments over four consecutive days, including the first Great Northern Conference meet Thursday.



Lawsonia Invite

The week started Wednesday with the Lawsonia Invite in a unique tournament where players were split into teams of two.

Out of 28 teams (two groups per team), Adam Lazaroff and Kailey Godfrey tied for third place.

The duo came up with a score of 161, which was just one shot out of second place.

Lazaroff shot an 80, Godfrey an 81 and Ansen Nomm had an 82 while teamed up with Kyle Bengtson.

"I'm not surprised by the results, I am surprised a little by how consistent they've been in all phases of their game this early without any outside practice time," LUHS head coach Scott Howard said. "All five of these players are capable of throwing out something low at any time. That's a good situation to be in."



GNC Meet No. 1

The week churned on with the first GNC meet of the season at Black River Golf Course in Medford the following day.

Lakeland had high hopes for a conference title at the beginning of the season and it took the first step in that direction by combining to shoot a 312, besting second place and defending GNC champion Medford by 24.

"Our team score was phenomenal," Howard said. "I can't even recollect a time that Lakeland has shot that type of a team score in the past. That was really great on that golf course."

Bengtson led the way by taking the top individual spot at the meet with by shooting the top score of his career, 71.

The sophomore's big outing came just a day after being the high man out of four with an 86 and a big factor was due to his putting.

"Kyle had all phases of his game going," Howard said. "His tee ball was sharp, his irons were sharp, wedges were sharp and he was really rolling the put. At the end of the day that's what it came down to. He really putted well and his play reflected it."

Lazaroff put up another strong score, shooting a 78 to come in third place, while Nomm was fifth with an 80.



Scott Miller Invite

Lakeland looked to continue its strong play into the week during the Scott Miller Invitational at Hayward that featured more than 20 teams for the two-day event. The field included teams, not only from Wisconsin, but Minnesota as well.

The Thunderbirds placed fourth in the entire tournament, scoring a 652 over two days and they did it with a complete team effort.

Without an individual in the top 10, all five of Lakeland's golfers came within 11 points of each other.

Bengtson shot a 159, while Nomm had a 160, Godfrey had a 163, both Lazaroff and Collins had a 170. When all five can play at the top of their game, the T-Birds are a tough team to beat.

"That's a great place to be in because in the game of golf, everybody's not going to play great everyday," Howard said. "In a perfect world, if somebody does struggle, you've got someone there to back them up. If we only have two or three strong players then our team scores are affected as well.

Lakeland's tough stretch continued on Monday with another GNC meet at Mosinee and a third this afternoon at Bass Lake Golf Course in Antigo at 3 p.m.

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