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The Menominee girls golf team pose with their coach and a first-place plaque after winning the GNC title at Thursday’s GNC finals in Marquette. Members are, from left: senior Arikah Bellisle, freshman Madison Derusha, senior Emma Hofer, coach Tony Hofer, sophomore Josie Hofer and senior Olivia Badker.
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The Menominee girls golf team pose with their coach and a first-place plaque after winning the GNC title at Thursday’s GNC finals in Marquette. Members are, from left: senior Arikah Bellisle, freshman Madison Derusha, senior Emma Hofer, coach Tony Hofer, sophomore Josie Hofer and senior Olivia Badker.

MARQUETTE, Mich. — They say all good streaks must come to an end, but the Menominee girls golf team kept its season-long winning streak going by turning in another dominating victory at Thursday’s Great Northern Conference finals meet at Marquette Golf Club.

The girls carded a total of 418 to win by 30 strokes over second-place Escanaba (448) to be crowned GNC champions.

“Same story different day again for the girls, a full team score carried us to another victory, and a full season of that is what carried us every event,” Menominee coach Tony Hofer said. “That what I’m most proud of about these girls, is that they won the GNC title by having a full season of good golf. And we won it without really ever having a home meet due to weather so it was on everyone else’s courses.”

The Maroons were led by senior Emma Hofer’s 98 and senior Arikah Bellisle’s 99, which also placed them second and third overall, respectively. Sophomore Josie Hofer carded a 100 to take fourth place and freshman Madison Derusha came in with a 121 for 10th. Senior Olivia Badker came in 12th place with her 124.

“Emma came through for our low player and Arikah was the steady one by shooting one stroke better than Wednesday’s round. Arikah has gotten better every year at this time,” Hofer said. “Josie slipped a couple strokes but still had a solid day. All of them have a lot to be proud of. I know I’m proud of them.”

Esky’s Paxton Johnson was medalist for the girls, shooting an 84 and being named GNC Golfer of the Year. While Johnson had first place very much locked up before the final round even started, second was still up for grabs between sisters Emma and Josie Hofer, especially since at GNC finals point totals double.

Josie was leading her older sister by 2.5 points heading into Thursday’s round, meaning a second or third place finish would clinch it for her. Nearing the end of the round with only a couple groups remaining on the course, it seemed as if Josie would take it for herself. That was until Bellisle, who was in the second to last group on the course, came in with her 99 and snuck in to third place, allowing Emma to overtake Josie for second in the conference.

Bellisle was fourth in the conference, meaning that her and the Hofer sisters were all named to All-GNC First Team. Derusha and Badker both snatched up All-GNC Second Team honors.

On the boys side, freshman Brady Badker carded an 85 to tie for eighth with Marquette’s Karsten Kamps, Kingsford’s Matt Solda and Escanaba’s Trevor Denome. After shooting an 87 on the same course just a day prior, Badker was able to improve on his score and his 85 solidified himself a spot on the All-GNC Second Team.

“Brady played very well on the back nine to help him secure his spot on second team as a freshman,” Hofer said.

Freshman Andrew MacIntyre, Cooper Conway and Kade Lesperance shot 93, 104 and 131, respectively, and sophomore Joe Haire shot a 161. The Maroons had a team score of 413 to take fourth place.

“What I love about these guys is, even though they had a rough day, they keep talking golf and I know they’re going to be back on the course again tomorrow working on their game,” Hofer said.

Marquette won the overall team title for the boys, Esky was second and Kingsford took third.

Escanaba’s Nathan Rousseau beat out Gladstone’s Rudy Peterson for Golfer of the year after shooting 79 and taking second place. Gladstone’s Cam Ballard shot 78 to take medalist and Peterson carded an 81.

Next up for the Maroons is U.P. Finals at Escanaba Country Club on Wednesday.

Team scores (girls): Menominee 418, Escanaba 448, Kingsford 477, Marquette 487, Gladstone N/A

Menominee: Emma Hofer 98, Arikah Bellisle 99, Josie Hofer 100, Madison Derusha 121, Olivia Badker 124

Team scores (boys): Marquette 328, Escanaba 333, Gladstone 356, Menominee 413, Kingsford N/A

Menominee: Brady Badker 85, Andrew MacIntyre 93, Cooper Conway 104, Kade Lesperance 131, Joe Haire 161