Bears place 4th at home invitational

Acker, Siolka shoot rounds in 90s
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Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School golfer Austin Acker watches his putt slowly roll by the cup on the 18th green of Golden Sands Golf Course on Monday during the Bonduel Invitational. Acker shot the low round for the Bears, a 92, as Bonduel finished fourth.

The Bonduel boys golf team took fourth place at its home golf meet by shooting a 406, right around the mark the team has been all season.

The Bears, however, were without Kody Jashinsky, the No. 3 golfer, which gave way to Jack Jiskra and Tyler Thunder, who were unable to shoot in the low 100s.

“It’s like a broken record,” Bonduel head coach Dave LaBerge said. “We’re always right around there.”

No. 1 golfer Austin Acker entered the clubhouse with a 92, and teammate Carter Siolka posted a 96 for the Bears. Pacelli and Oconto tied for first place with rounds of 359, while Wittenberg-Birnamwood (399) placed third.

Manawa’s Ryan Schuelke (73) was the medalist.

Siolka, meanwhile, continues to be a pleasant surprise for LaBerge.

“He just hits the ball straight. He doesn’t get into a lot of trouble, and that’s really helped him,” LaBerge said. “He doesn’t put the big number on the card like some of the other guys do. He’s been pretty much low-to-mid-90s every week lately, so he’s been doing pretty well.”

Acker played well on his home Golden Sands Golf Course, but a nine-spot on the 10th hole brought his round up. Without that, he’s shooting in the 80s.

Just two big days remain on the schedule — Thursday’s final Central Wisconsin Conference Meet and next Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional at Lena.

“I’m hoping he pulls it all together, because on Thursday, we can still move up in the conference and obviously moving into regionals,” LaBerge said. “He’s working hard and is frustrated. If he can stay away from that big number, I think he’ll be fine.”

Gresham/Menominee Indian struggled on the course, with Ted Ballin posting his personal-best round of 122 as the team’s low score. Josh Hoffman followed with a 123.

“They are getting near the green in regulation,” head coach Ben Dieck said. “It’s just they’re scrambling towards the green or around the green. That’s what we’re going to work on for our conference tournament on Thursday and regionals on Tuesday.”

Ballin’s round gave Dieck at least one positive to take away from the day.

“Ted finished first for us,” he said. “And that’s never happened for us.”

Bonduel Invitational

May 15

Team scores: Pacelli, 359; Oconto, 359; Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 399; Bonduel, 406; Marion, 449; Weyauwega-Fremont, 454; Gresham/Menominee Indian, 509.

W-B: Madi Bushman, 93; Preston Bagley, 98; Michael Nelson, 104; Justin Keeney, 104.

B: Austin Acker, 92; Carter Siolka, 96; Aaron Schaal, 103; Jack Jiskra, 115.

M: Emily Sawall, 100; Anthony Tischauser, 105; Zane Kernanen, 118; Ciara Peebles, 126.

G/MI: Ted Ballin, 122; Josh Hoffman, 123; Zack Simonsen, 126; Darius Wayka, 138.