In their first action of the year, the Lakeland golf squad traveled up to Ashland Thursday afternoon for an invite at the Chequamegon Bay golf course.
Lakeland took first out of nine teams at the event, shooting 347. Medford finished in second with 351, a stroke ahead of Ashland at 352. Rhinelander finished in fourth with 359.
Despite the Northwoods getting pelted with several inches of snow Monday and Tuesday, head coach Scott Howard said Ashland was spared.
"The course in Ashland was in great shape, they did not get any of the snow we did this week," he said.
Coming in first, Lakeland's scores were bunched together.
Kailey Godfrey led the pack, shooting 85 on the day, while Adam Lazaroff was just behind with 86, Ansen Nomm with 87, Kyle Bengston at 89 and Ryan Berger rounding out the top five shooting 97.
"We played very well overall, as) we won the nine team tournament," Howard said. "It was a great team victory for us. It definitely was an outstanding way to kick off our season. But for us to have four scores in the 80s at the beginning of the season is very impressive. And for us to win the tournament is really a bonus."
Two of the four members in the 80s were playing their first rounds of high school golf, Howard said.
"Ansen and Kyle are both freshmen. They both have competitive experience but this is their first competitive round of their high school team careers," he said. "They played very solid and handled themselves with great poise."
Berger struggled compared to his teammates, but Howard said it was still an improvement from previous years.
"(While) Ryan's long game was pretty good, he just struggled some with the shorter shots," he said. "However Ryan's score is much lower than his two tournament scores at Ashland from last season, so that's definitely positive improvement."
Howard said because of the recent weather and the success they had on the course, it was a positive start to the season.
"With it being this early in the season, and the past few days practicing outdoors has been a challenge with the snowy spring weather, it was a great positive surprise to see all the players go out in a tournament and play this well."
The team won't compete again until Saturday, April 22 when they head to Medford at the Black River Golf Course.
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