The Antigo varsity golf team placed in a tie for third at the first leg of the Great Northern Conference meet on Thursday at the Minocqua Country Club.

The Red Robins were led by Joe Volpentesta with 79 total strokes, good for second place overall. Cody Parsons scored an 88 and tied for 10th.

Alex Samolinski ended the day with a 91, Joe Bartletti a 94 and Jake Peterson a 96.

Host Lakeland won the leg, with the pace set by their star Kaeden Nomm, who was six strokes ahead of Volpentesta with a 73. The T-Birds had two of the top four golfers on the day, with Cody Olson tying Volpentesta and Rhinelander’s Koldyn Gechas for second with the round of 79.

Lakeland’s winning team score was a 330, Mosinee finished a distant second with a 350, while Antigo tied with Northland Pines in third, both coming in at a 352.

Rhinelander was up next in fifth at 364, followed by Medford’s 368 and Tomahawk in last at 466.

“It was a very cold, windy and rainy day at Minocqua Country Club, but the golfers played through it,” said Antigo head coach Steve Fermanich. “Today we even showed improvement in all of the players, with each of them bettering their scores from last Friday.”

“Joe was our hero today, shooting a 39-40 to break the elusive barrier of 80. Cody, in only his second varsity meet, cracked the 90 barrier with a very impressive 45-43-88. Playing a course they had never seen proved quite a challenge. Lakeland seems to be the strongest team again, but the next four teams are all right on their tails. Alex added a 47-44-91 as he struggled with a couple holes on the front side.

“Joe let two bad holes ruin his round of 44-50-94, and the same could be said for Jake who finished 47-49-96.

“We are getting better and hopefully will be able to continue to improve our standing in the conference.”

The second leg of the GNC meet is scheduled for Indianhead Golf Course in Mosinee at 3 p.m. Thursday.

It’s part of a busy week, with a trip to Whistling Straits set for Friday and a home meet on Saturday.

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