New Richmond golfers run out of time in MBC title pursuit
The comeback the New Richmond boys golf team put together in the final weeks of the Middle Border Conference was an admirable one.
New Richmond’s boys had won the final two MBC matches before winning the conference tournament. In each of their three victories, they beat the Chieftains by one stroke. In the conference tournament the Tigers shot a 330, compared to Osceola’s 331. New Richmond junior Kole Hallmark was the tournament medalist, finishing at 76 for his best round of the season.
The Tigers’ hopes of completing the comeback for the conference title were dampened by two rainouts. A match scheduled the day before the conference tournament was rained out, as was a match a week earlier that was supposed to be played at Amery.
New Richmond coach Jim Saliny cursed the weather for being so uncooperative as the Tigers tried to make their charge in the final weeks of the season. He said a match at Durand, where three teams tied for first place ahead of the Tigers was the setback the team couldn’t overcome.
“Overall, it was a good comeback,” Saliny said.
Hallmark and senior Tanner Wisemiller both finished as first team all-conference golfers, finishing fourth and fifth in the conference standings. Senior Connor McCann finished eighth in the conference standings to get second team all-conference honors.
Hallmark’s 76 led the Tigers at the conference tournament. McCann shot 82, Thomas McKinney 85, Wisemiller 87 and Cole Hansen 90. McKinney and Hansen won a playoff for the fourth and fifth positions in the varsity lineup. Because the Tigers have several players whose season averages are so close, Saliny had them play off for the fourth and fifth positions and they will do this again before this week’s WIAA regional tournament.
The Tigers were scheduled to host the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament this Wednesday at the New Richmond Golf Club. The top four teams from the tournament will advance to the Eau Claire sectional meet next Tuesday, which will be played at Wild Ridge Golf Course.
As they’ve done all season, the Somerset boys maintained their third place position in the conference tournament. The Spartans finished four strokes behind New Richmond, finishing at 335.
The Spartans have been incredibly consistent this season, while different members of the team have taken their turns leading the team. At the conference tournament, junior Hunter Iverson and freshman Wil Gauper shared the team lead by shooting 82. Senior Danny Green shot 83, freshman Alex Lahde 88 and senior Zach Bahr 91.
The team’s consistency led Iverson and Bahr to earn second team all-conference honors. Iverson finished second in the conference point totals and Bahr finished seventh.
The Spartans were scheduled to host the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament at Bristol Ridge Golf Course. The top teams and individuals from the regional meet will advance to the Division 3 sectional tournament that will be played at the Cumberland Golf Course in Cumberland.
2014 Middle Border Conference Boys
Team Scores: New Richmond 330, Osceola 331, Somerset 335, Ellsworth 347, Amery 362, Prescott 380, Baldwin-Woodville 384, Durand incomplete
New Richmond scores
Kole Hallmark 76, Connor McCann 82, Thomas McKinney 85, Tanner Wisemiller 87, Cole Hansen 90
Hunter Iverson 82, Wil Gauper 82, Danny Green 83, Alex Lahde 88, Zach Bahr 91
Middle Border Conference final standings
Osceola 64, New Richmond 62, Somerset 53, Ellsworth 47, Amery 37, Prescott 27, Baldwin-Woodville 21, Durand 12
Dan Cronick, Osceola; Austin Byl, Osceola; Bryce Stein, Ellsworth; Kole Hallmark, New Richmond; Tanner Wisemiller, New Richmond
Hunter Iverson, Somerset; Zach Bahr, Somerset; Connor McCann, New Richmond; Sam Wolfe, Osceola; Collin Matthews, Amery