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Elmwood-Murdock team runner-up at Milford Invite

Elmwood-Murdock earned second place at the Milford Invite on Wednesday. The Knights collected a team total of 333. Front row from left, Riley Backemeyer, Nolan Langfeldt and Nick Langfeldt; second row, Zach Rust, Wes Dreamer, Payton Frahm and Zach Callaway.

Photo Courtesy Curt Backemeyer / The Journal

MILFORD – Elmwood-Murdock athletes created rosy results Wednesday with their efforts at Thornridge Golf Course in Milford.

The Knights captured silver medals at the Milford Invite with a team total of 333. Elmwood-Murdock and Heartland used their veteran lineups to create a dramatic race to the top of the leaderboard. Heartland ended the day with a first-place score of 332.

Elmwood-Murdock head coach Curt Backemeyer said he was pleased with the team’s performance at the tournament. Thornridge Golf Course includes a winding creek that crosses four fairways and a large amount of thick natural rough. Several of the bi-level holes also feature challenging blind shots near their greens.

“I believe we put up the best team score in Knights history on the Milford Thornridge course that has some challenging holes, but Heartland has an experienced two-time state meet team that really played well, especially on the back nine,” Backemeyer said. “We talked about giving full focus on every shot because obviously in a meet this close a missed 2-3-foot putt can be the difference.”

E-M junior Wes Dreamer earned medalist honors with a career-best round of 75. Riley Backemeyer captured fourth place with a score of 83, and Nolan Langfeldt (87) and Nick Langfeldt (88) earned ninth-place and tenth-place medals. Zach Rust added a varsity score of 92.

Payton Frahm generated a first-place award in the junior varsity meet with a round of 88. Zach Callaway claimed third place in JV standings with a 101.

Team Results

Heartland 332, Elmwood-Murdock 333, Milford 362, Lincoln Lutheran 380, Friend 423, Thayer Central 446, Palmyra 450, Crete 493, Southern no team score.

Top Ten Results

1) Wes Dreamer (EM) 75, 2) Hays Oswald (HRT) 76, 3) Jaden Regier (HRT) 83, 4) Riley Backemeyer (EM) 83, 5) Cade Oswald (HRT) 85, 6) Bragan Meyer (MIL) 85, 7) Logan Roth (MIL) 87, 8) Blaze Miller (FRI) 87, 9) Nolan Langfeldt (EM) 87, 10) Nick Langfeldt (EM) 88

Elmwood-Murdock Results

Wes Dreamer 75 (1st), Riley Backemeyer 83 (4th), Nolan Langfeldt 87 (9th), Nick Langfeldt 88 (10th), Zach Rust 92

Elmwood-Murdock JV Results

Payton Frahm 88 (1st), Zach Callaway 101 (3rd)

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