New Richmond golfers continue their winning ways
Even as the courses get more challenging, the New Richmond girls golf team continues to find ways to win Middle Border Conference matches.
The Tigers won their fifth straight MBC match last Thursday, despite being frustrated with their lack of success at the Hammond Golf Club. The Tigers won with a 193 team score, finishing nine strokes ahead of second place Osceola.
New Richmond's girls were also winners in a match played the previous day at The Links at the New Richmond Golf Club. That day the Tigers won by shooting 177, which was 11 strokes better than Osceola.
Thursday's match showed the Tigers that there are still difficulties they must learn to face. Coach Neal Ziller said the Hammond course left all the girls frustrated.
"It is the hardest course in western Wisconsin," Ziller said. "The girls aren't used to the elevation changes and the size of the greens. In the big picture, I hope this makes them more hungry."
New Richmond senior Alex Wheeler was able to earn medalist honors by shooting a 43. Megan Chelberg finished at 47, Hannah Baker at 50, Emma Ongstad at 53 and Maddie McCann at 58.
The Links was a comparatively much easier course on Wednesday. Wheeler and Chelberg have been taking turns earning medalist honors this season, but this match was a first. They both shot 40 to tie for the top score of the day.
"It was neat seeing them be co-medalists," Ziller said.
Baker shot 46, Ongstad 51 and McCann 58 as the golfers played the back nine at The Links.
Ziller said the girls shouldn't get comfortable with their varsity positions, because there are girls on the junior varsity whose scores are competitive with the varsity players. He said Liz Towberman and Myah Olson could be competing for spots in the varsity lineup.
The Spartan golfers took a step forward last week, finishing in third place in both MBC matches. That moves the Spartans past Prescott and St. Croix Central into third place in the MBC overall standings.
Somerset shot 198 at The Links on Wednesday, the Spartans' best score of the season thus far. The Spartans were just five strokes behind Osceola when they shot 207 at Hammond on Thursday.
Junior Stacy Bracht moved into the top five point earners in the conference with two strong rounds last week. Bracht shot 42 at The Links on Wednesday and 49 at Hammond on Thursday.
Sophomore Ally Wittstock has also been making rapid progress for the Spartans. She shot a 46 at The Links and a 50 at Hammond.
Somerset coach Bill Powers said Meghan Wolner and Rachel Briggs are also making progress. He said if they can find consistency, the Spartans may be able to challenge Osceola for second place.
St. Croix Central
The Panthers and Prescott are both trying to keep pace with Somerset in the battle for third place in the conference standings. After last week's matches Somerset has 38 points, while Prescott has 34 and Central 33.
Central took fourth place in its home match at the Hammond Golf Club last Thursday, a day after taking fifth place at The Links in New Richmond.
Senior Katlyn Delander led the Panthers on Thursday by shooting 51. The team had excellent balance with Brittney Nabors shooting 52, Becca Isnardi and Emma Landry both shooting 53 and Janelle Olson 56.
Landry was the team leader at The Links, finishing at 52. Nabors finished at 54, Delander 55, Isnardi 57 and Olson 58.
Next conference rounds
The MBC golfers face another challenging course this Thursday when they play at Bristol Ridge in Somerset. Next Monday the golfers compete at the Ellsworth Country Club.