New Richmond golfers inching toward Middle Border Conference title
The New Richmond girls golf team keeps inching closer toward the 2011 Middle Border Conference championship.
With wins in two MBC matches last week, the Tigers now hold a five-point lead in the conference standings over Osceola.
All that stands between the Tigers and the conference title was this Tuesday's nine-hole match at Clifton High Highlands Golf Course and next Monday's MBC tournament. The 2011 MBC tournament will be an 18-hole event at the Ellsworth Country Club, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday.
In both of the conference matches last week, the Tigers were closely pursued by Osceola. In Thursday's match at Hammond the Tigers shot a 179 and Osceola finished at 181. In last Tuesday's match at New Richmond's The Links, the Tigers shot a 174, compared to Osceola's 178.
Tiger coach Neal Ziller said his team can't take anything for granted in the conference tournament.
"Osceola has improved. They're sneaking up on us," he said.
It seems that in every round a different Tiger steps up to have an outstanding score. On Thursday it was junior Leah Bauer, who shot a 41. The Wheeler sisters, Hannah and Alex, both shot 45 at Hammond. Jordan Peterson finished at 48 and Rachael Ziller at 50.
In Tuesday's win on their home course it was Alex Wheeler who shined. She shot seven fours, one five and one six to finish with a 39. Ziller finished with a 44 on Tuesday, with Bauer at 45 and Peterson and Hannah Wheeler at 46.
The depth in the Tiger program showed on Monday when the Tigers hosted a junior varsity match at The Links. Five Tiger JV players shot in the 40s. The combined top four scores among the Tiger JV players was a 187, which would have placed third in the varsity match on the same course the previous week.
Patty Nelson and Hannah Baker led the JV Tigers on Monday with 46 scores. Megan Chelberg shot a 47, Jordyn Bonney a 48 and Abbie Vizenor a 49.
The Spartan golfers solidified their hold on third place in the conference standings by taking third in both of the conference matches last week.
The Spartans shot a 197 at Hammond on Thursday and a 192 at New Richmond last Tuesday.
In the past two weeks Spartan senior Carley Seibel has found her game. At New Richmond she shot a 44. She followed that with a 43 on the tough Hammond course on Thursday. That was the third best score among the MBC golfers that day.
Senior Sammi Wolff has been solid all season. At the start of the week she ranked 10th in all-conference points. She helped that last week by shooting 46 in both her rounds.
In the match at New Richmond, the Spartans got a 50 from Andrea Passe and a 52 from Stacie Bracht to earn their 192. At Hammond, Bracht shot a 50 and Passe a 58 as the Spartans finished at 197.
St. Croix Central
The Panthers held a two-point edge over Ellsworth for fourth place in the conference standings at the beginning the week. The Panthers took fifth place in both MBC matches last week, finishing just behind a quickly improving Baldwin-Woodville team.
Central junior Arinn DiSalvo remains among the top golfers in the MBC. She started the week ranked sixth in conference scoring. Last week DiSalvo took fourth in the match at New Richmond by shooting a 43. On the Panthers' home course, DiSalvo tied for sixth by shooting a 46.
In the match at New Richmond, Rebecca Isnardi was able to break under 50, shooting a 49. Kelsey McKenna shot a 52 and Katlyn Delander shot a 54 as the Panthers finished with one of their best scores, a 198.
On Thursday the Panthers ended with a 212. Isnardi shot a 53, Delander a 56 and McKenna a 57.