IRON MOUNTAIN — The Menominee girls golf team continued its perfect season in the Great Northern Conference by picking up another first-place finish at the challenging Pine Grove Country Club.

Josie Hofer led the way for the Maroons with her second-place score of 49, falling five strokes behind Esky’s Paxton Johnson (44) for medalist. Arikah Bellisle turned in a 53 to take third place for Menominee and Emma Hofer shot 54 to tie for fourth with Kingsford’s Haley Gabriel and Maggie Menghini.

“49 for Josie is a great number. Pine Grove is the most difficult course we’ll play all season,” Menominee coach Tony Hofer said. “Arikah started out rough but pulled it together to take third. We won again so that sets us up nicely with a great chance to win the conference in Marquette on Thursday.”

Olivia Badker carded a 57 and Madison Derusha shot 59 for the Maroons, who won with a team score of 213. Kingsford took second with 223 and Esky was third with a 243.

Josie and Emma Hofer will battle it out to see who takes second place in the conference behind Esky’s Johnson, who has a comfortable lead ahead of the pack. Josie currently holds a 2.5-point lead on Emma heading into the final meet on Thursday. Bellisle and Derusha are locked into the eighth and ninth positions, respectively, and Badker can sneak her way into the top 10 by beating out Esky’s Macie Carlson in Thursday’s GNC finals.

While the girls had success, the young boys team struggled to figure out the tricky and unforgiving Pine Grove.

Andrew MacIntyre was the only golfer to break 50 for the Maroons, coming in with a 46 to tie for eighth with Esky’s Jaden Gravelle. Brady Badker shot a 51, Joe Haire shot 60, Cooper Conway came in with a 63 and Kade Lesperance carded a 69.

“The boys struggled today. For three of them never having played here, they learned what a test of golf can be like,” Hofer said. “We get to have back-to-back days in Marquette on Wednesday and Thursday so hopefully we can build some good confidence and try and close out the conference season on a good note Thursday. This will be a good week of learning for the boys having played Pine Grove today and then 36 holes in Marquette Wednesday and Thursday.”

Marquette’s Tyler Bergwall was medalist for the boys with a 40 and his teammate, Jordan Jurmu, took second with a 41.

Heading into the final conference match of the year on Thursday, Gladstone’s Rudy Peterson and Esky’s Nathan Rousseau are neck and neck for the top spot in the conference. Peterson holds a three-point advantage over Rousseau (41.5-38.5), but anything can happen in the final meet of the year. Badker is trying to hold on to his top-10 finish as he is tied with Esky’s Clayton Smith in the ninth position with MacIntyre knocking on the door of the top 10 as well.

Wednesday the Maroons are in Marquette for the Marquette Invitational and then it’s right back again on Thursday for the GNC Finals.

Team scores (girls): Menominee 213, Kingsford 223, Escanaba 243, MQT N/A, Gladstone N/A

Menominee: Josie Hofer 49, Arikah Bellisle 53, Emma Hofer 54, Olivia Badker 57, Madison Derusha 59

Team scores (boys): Marquette 171, Escanaba 177, Kingsford 198, Gladstone 201, Menominee 220

Menominee: Andrew MacIntyre 46, Brady Badker 51, Joe Haire 60, Cooper Conway 63, Kade Lesperance 69