Sam Yeomans tees off on a hole at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia.
Sam Yeomans tees off on a hole at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia.

   The Ripon High School golf team broke away from the traditional scoring format Monday as it took part in the Berlin Invitational.

   The meet, which took place at Mascoutin Golf Course, consisted of six holes each of best ball, alternate scoring and scramble.

   “It allows the players to simply play the next shot and not be thinking as much about their overall score,” Ripon head coach Rick Kelm said. “In two of the formats they can kind of help each other out, so it’s a good one not only for bonding with another member of the team, but also for just kind of relaxing and playing the game and that’s why we have it in the schedule.

   And it’s 14 teams from around the state, some of them we don’t [normally] see.”

   While Kelm noted it’s hard to talk about scores at the meet because of the format, he did see positives from his team.

   “I think that we played pretty well at moments,” he said. “And I would say that of the 14 teams that were there, we probably were roughly 10th, which doesn’t sound really good but there were a bunch of very good teams there. We also had a couple kids that haven’t played in an invitational before because we had a couple of our JVs playing also, which is kind of nice. But Mascoutin does a really nice job in allowing us to be there and it also gave us a chance to play the course we’re going play for the regional, so that helps, too.”

Read the full story, which includes on a competition at Lawsonia, in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.