The Ripon Tiger golf team experienced its fair share of ups and downs last week Thursday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s mini-tour stop.

It shot a 202 at Washington County Golf Course, which placed it seventh among eight schools. The score was just seven shots behind a pair of teams who tied for fifth.

Kewaskum won the competition with an eight-over-par 152, while Winneconne (168), Plymouth (172), Kettle Moraine Lutheran (176), Campbellsport (195), Waupun (195), Ripon (202) and Berlin (217) rounded out the field.

“It was a little bit of an overcast and rainy and windy day, but I think overall when you look at how Kewaskum shot that’s kind of an excuse,” Ripon head coach Rick Kelm said. “We probably had a pretty good outing individually in terms of improving in some areas, but there’s still an occasional bad hole that we’ve got to get a little more consistent with. I would say that’s a fair statement pretty much across the board for our team.”

Among the areas where the Tigers made strides were limiting the number of consecutive bad shots.

“I think we’re able to come back from some trouble a little better,” Kelm said. “And in a season where we haven’t been able to play a lot, that does take a while; some of the playing out of bad lies and playing out of traps ... takes a little longer and, I think, we’re starting to get there. And we are seeing some improvement and the attitude is still really good, it has been all season, and I know we’re going to be OK as the season proceeds.”

Sam Yeomans led Ripon with a nine-over-par 45, which placed him 17th out of 40 varsity golfers.

Read the full story, which includes information on an invitational at Whispering Springs, in the May 2, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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