New Richmond golfers gain ground on MBC leader
With the Middle Border Conference season winding down, the New Richmond boys golf team needed to start gaining some ground on Osceola if the Tigers were going to keep their hopes of a conference championship alive.
The Tigers did that on Friday when they hosted a match at the New Richmond Golf Club. The Tigers needed every stroke they could shave off their score, because they beat the Chieftains by one stroke for the team victory.
Osceola now has 39 team points, with New Richmond in second place with 34. Somerset is in third with 31 points, followed by Ellsworth with 29 points.
New Richmond’s Tanner Wisemiller and Osceola’s Dan Cronick tied for medalist honors in Friday’s match, both shooting rounds of 37. Three Tigers all finished at 40: Kole Hallmark, Charlie L’Allier and Thomas McKinney. Connor McCann shot a 43.
Wisemiller trailed Cronick by two strokes with three holes remaining. Wisemiller birdied the ninth hole to draw even with Cronick.
Somerset took third place again in the conference match to solidify its hold on third place. Senior Zach Bahr led the Spartans with a 38. Hunter Iverson finished at 41, Danny Green and Wil Gauper at 43 and Alex Lahde at 46.
New Richmond played in the Rice Lake Invitational last Thursday. This was an eye-opener for the top two MBC programs, because Osceola finished sixth and New Richmond seventh, behind five WIAA Division 1 teams. New Richmond will have to face all those teams when the Tigers host the WIAA Division 1 regional meet on Wednesday, May 28.
“We’ll have to play unbelievably on our home course to get through,” New Richmond coach Jim Saliny said of the regional tournament. “Hopefully, we’ll have a little advantage playing on our course.”
Jack Leverentz was called up to the Tiger varsity team for the tournament and he took full advantage of the opportunity. He shot a 79 to lead the Tigers.
“He shot the best round of his career,” Saliny said.
McCann shot an 80, Hallmark 81, Wisemiller 83 and McKinney 86 at Turtleback Golf Club in Rice Lake.
St. Croix Central
Central’s golfers have been battling with Spring Valley, swapping third and fourth place finishes in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches. The Dunn-St. Croix Conference tournament will be played next Monday at Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond. The final regular season D-SC match will be played at Spring Valley this Thursday, making up a rainout from a week earlier.
The Panthers hosted the most recent D-SC match, at the Hammond Golf Club on May 5. The Panthers took fourth place among the six D-SC teams with a 196 score. Glenwood City, which has won all the D-SC matches, took first place.
Central was led by senior Jonah Tczap, who tied for fourth in the match by shooting a 43. He was followed by Drew Malecek at 48, Tyler Anderson 52, Tyler Koats 53 and Bryan Bressina 63.
Tczap is currently in fourth in the D-SC all-conference points race. He’s been the medalist in two of the five conference matches.
Middle Border Conference Boys Golf Match at New Richmond Golf Club
Team scores: New Richmond 157, Osceola 158, Somerset 165, Ellsworth 173, Amery 176, Prescott 192, Baldwin-Woodville 197, Durand inc.
New Richmond scores
Tanner Wisemiller 37, Kole Hallmark 40, Charlie L’Allier 40, Thomas McKinney 40, Connor McCann 43
Zach Bahr 38, Hunter Iverson 41, Danny Green 43, Wil Gauper 43, Alex Lahde 46