New Richmond starts strongly in MBC girls golf
The first Middle Border Conference girls golf match of the season was played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club last Thursday. The New Richmond girls showed again that any team that wants to win the MBC title will have to wrestle it away from the Tigers.
The Tigers put together a round of 175 to win Thursday's match, finishing 13 strokes ahead of Osceola. Somerset took third place with a score of 206.
That was part of an intense week of golf, with the New Richmond girls playing five 18-hole rounds within a seven-day span. In the fifth of those rounds, New Richmond senior Hannah Wheeler shattered the team's 18-hole record that she set last season. Wheeler shot a 73 in the Old Abe Invitational on Monday, breaking the record of 77 she set last year.
In the MBC match at Pheasant Hills last Thursday, New Richmond took control of the match by generating five of the top eight scores, including the two best. Wheeler earned medalist honors by shooting 37. Megan Chelberg came in at 43, Emma Ongstad at 46, and Hannah Baker and Carly Ferguson finished at 49.
Tiger coach Neal Ziller was thrilled that all five Tigers could get their scores below 50, showing the progress Ongstad, Baker and Ferguson have made.
Somerset put together a strong round to step up to third place. Junior Stacy Bracht led the Spartans by shooting 49. Rachel Briggs came in at 51 and Meghan Wolner and Ally Wittstock each shot 53.
Somerset coach Bill Powers said this was a promising starting point for the Spartans in MBC play. Bracht is a reliable all-around player as the team's leader.
"I was very happy with the other three scores," Powers said. "I do believe there is potential there to be 190 or so. It should be a good battle for third place between Prescott, St. Croix Central and Somerset.
Central didn't have its strongest day, taking fifth place with a 223 score. The trio of seniors of Janelle Olson, Katlyn Delander and Becca Isnardi carried the Panthers' top scores at 52, 54 and 57. Sophomore Emma Landry brought in the fourth score at 60.
Eau Claire and La Crosse
Wheeler's 73 on Monday capped an intense week of golf for the Tigers. The Tigers played in Eau Claire on Monday, following a tournament in La Crosse last Friday.
The Tigers played in the Old Abe Invitational at the Lake Hallie Golf Course outside of Eau Claire on Monday. Wheeler and Chelberg played exceptional rounds. Wheeler's round of 73 set a school record that seemed unimaginable a few years ago. Chelberg was also a force in the tournament. She finished fourth by shooting 82, which is one stroke off her personal best score.
The long week of golf and Monday's oppressive heat had a slight effect on the rest of the Tigers. Ongstad finished at 100, Baker at 108 and Ferguson at 117. The Tigers tied with Hudson for third place in the tournament with a 363. Eau Claire North produced a 343 to win on its home course. Holmen took second place with a 359.
On Friday the Tigers played at the pristine La Crosse Country Club. The Tigers finished in second place among some of the top teams in southwest Wisconsin. Stoughton won the tournament with a 344. The Tigers shot 375 to place second.
"For a golf course that tight, I thought that was a phenomenal score," Ziller said. "The greens were lightning fast."
Wheeler placed fourth in the tournament with an 84 and Chelberg was ninth with a 92. Bakker shot 97, Ongstad 102 and Maddie McCann 114.
The Tigers hosted their invitational last Wednesday and it gave them a clear indication of who their main opponents will be in the quest for a Division 1 state tournament berth.
The Tigers took second place, finishing four strokes behind River Falls, which won with a 355 score. Eau Claire North was third at 368.
Ziller said those three teams, along with Holmen, appear ready to battle for the two state tournament entries from this sectional bracket.
Ziller said the girls were fired up over their score, but also a little shocked that River Falls brought back such a strong team.
Wheeler earned another medalist honor, shooting a 78. Chelberg finished at 88, Baker 89, Ongstad 104 and McCann 108.
New Richmond ran away with the title in the Somerset Invitational meet held last Tuesday at Bristol Ridge Golf Course.
New Richmond shot a respectable 365 score for the steamy 18-hole meet. The Tigers handled the heat better than the nine other teams entered in the meet. The Tigers won by a whopping 48-stroke margin over second place Osceola. Wheeler led the Tigers by shooting an 85, with Baker playing sharply to score an 89. Chelberg finished at 93, Ongstad at 98 and McCann at 115. Somerset placed sixth among the 11 teams, shooting a 483. Wittstock led the Spartans with a 113.
St. Croix Central tied Somerset for sixth place in the meet. Brittney Nabors led the Panthers with a 109 and Olson shot a 113.
Osceola will be the site for the next MBC match this Thursday. The golfers get a break until next Wednesday, when a conference match will be played at New Richmond.