Kingsland golfers win regular season conference title

SUBMITTED PHOTO Kingsland’s girls — Kylie Welch, left, and Madeline Moore — both received all-conference recognition in golf.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Kingsland’s boys did well in the final week of golf during the regular season. From left, are Wyatt Pruter, Gavin Merkel, Nick Wernimont, Isaac Simon, Nathan Lund and Gregg Hubka.
Chad Smith

The Kingsland golf teams had a busy final week of the regular season, starting with a triangular against Dover-Eyota and Southland on Monday, May 20. The Knights then took part in the Southeast Conference meet on Thursday, May 23, with the boys finishing third. Kingsland captured the boys’ Southeast Conference title in the final meet of the regular season on Friday, May 24, with a head-to-head win against Lanesboro.


The Knights kicked off the week playing former Three Rivers Conference rivals Southland and Dover-Eyota. The Kingsland boys’ won the team title with a 182, followed by D-E at 210 and Southland at 218.

Wyatt Pruter was the boys’ medalist with a 42. Nick Wernimont shot a 45, Gregg Hubka added a 47 and Nathan Lund finished the team scoring at 48. Gavin Merkel shot a 55 and Isaac Simon finished the nine holes at 58 strokes.

While none of the girls’ teams were complete, Madeline Moore shot a 45 for Kingsland and Kylie Welch a 59.

SEC meet

The Knights hit the road for Adams on Thursday to play in the Southeast Conference meet. The Knights’ boys wound up taking third with a score of 413. Lanesboro won the boys’ title with a 389 and LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow was second at 394. Glenville-Emmons shot a 561 and Houston had an incomplete score.

Pruter led the boys with an 18-hole score of 95, followed by Wernimont and Lund tied at 102 and Hubka rounded out the team score with a 114. Simon shot a 120 and Merkel finished with a score of 124 strokes.

The Lanesboro Burros wound up winning the girls’ team championship. Moore shot a 111 for the Kingsland girls and Welch shot a 132.

Pruter, Wernimont and Lund were named All-Conference. Hubka was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. Moore was named All-Conference in the girls’ competition and Welch was Honorable Mention.

At Lanesboro

Friday was the final meet of the regular season and the Southeast Conference regular-season title was on the line. Both boys’ teams came into the meet with one SEC loss on their record. Kingsland won a very tight dual by a score of 197 to 202, finishing the season at 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference. Lanesboro was right behind at 6-2, with LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow in third at 5-3.

Wernimont led the boys with a 46, Pruter was right behind with 47, while Lund and Hubka each finished with 52 strokes to wind up the team score. Merkel and Simon each shot scores of 60.

In the girls’ competition, Moore shot 59 and Welch added a 67.


The Knights are off to the Section 1A meet this week at the Cedar River Golf Course in Adams. The boys’ team comes in as defending section champs from last season.