JANESVILLE

Perhaps Janesville Parker's boys golf team will stick to practices in bowling alleys and school hallways the rest of the spring.

The Vikings' indoor work is paying off early.

Though they've played just three rounds of golf so far this season, they've been impressive. And Friday's round was the best yet--and likely best in school history, for that matter.

Parker had one round in the 60s and three in the 70s to shoot 294 in the first round of the Tri-City Championship at Glen Erin Golf Course.

"I don't know what's going on, but they're playing some awesome golf," Parker coach Sam Van Galder said. "I guess the bowling practice Thursday night really paid off. This week (due to the weather), we went bowling and did indoor chipping and a hallway putting course. And a couple nights (of using the golf simulator).

"We hadn't played actual golf in over a week."

Parker leads Craig (341), Fort Atkinson (346) and Beloit Memorial (376) heading into today's second and final round of the Tri-City, which is back at Glen Erin.

Vikings senior Matt Zimmerman matched his career-low with a 4-under round, and his 67 was one shot better than his 4-under 68 to open the year at Riverside.

"He's just figured it out," Van Galder said of Zimmerman, who is a combined 10 under through three rounds this season. "He knows where not to make mistakes, and he's a good putter."

Senior Nik Sitter and sophomore Kadin Klemen each shot rounds of 74--the low marks of their high school careers. And Spencer Orley carded a 79 to round out the Vikings' scoring.

The 294 is believed to be the program record.

Fort Atkinson's Derek Vaillancourt had the only other round in the 70s, a 77.

Kade Salemi paced Craig with an 82.

With snow still on the ground in certain areas, players were allowed a free drop from snow and played lift-clean-and-place elsewhere.

"The conditions were pretty amazing, and there were some circumstances where the ball might have been 10 feet left (of an ideal spot) and you got to pull it out and have an easier angle, maybe," Van Galder said. "But to shoot 294 is really special."

The second round is scheduled to tee off at 8 a.m. Saturday.


Tri-City Championship

At Glen Erin (71)

After Round 1; Round 2 is Saturday

Parker (294)--Matt Zimmerman 32-35--67, Spencer Orley 38-41--79, Nik Sitter 35-39--74, Kadin Klemen 34-40--74

Craig (341)--Kade Salemi 38-44--82, Dan Thomsen 40-44--84, Anthony Schrader 40-46--86, Connor Kelly 44-45--89

Fort Atkinson (346)--Derek Vaillancourt 36-41--77, Tyler Vaillancourt 44-45--89, Braeden Wixon 42-49--91, Caleb Larsen 44-45--89

Beloit (376)--Kris Johnson 47-49--96, Jim Santas 47-48--95, Will Klobucar 46-46--92, Ryan Santas 44-49--93

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