Tigers step to front of MBC golf race
Two home-course wins over the past week have moved the New Richmond golfers into the lead of the Middle Border Conference girls golf race.
On Monday night the Tigers lengthened their MBC lead by winning a quad meet at The Links. The conditions on Monday were challenging to say the least, with blasting wind gusts reaching 35 miles per hour.
"To shoot a 190 on The Links was absolutely incredible," said Tiger coach Neal Ziller. "Not only was it windy but the greens were bumpy."
Consistency has become a trademark for the Tigers in the past few weeks and that showed again on Monday. Cadi O'Connell led the Tigers with a 46, followed by Andrea Pendergast at 47, Britty Rogers at 48, Ali Saliny at 49 and Maddi Mayry at 54.
The Tigers' 190 score was 13 strokes better than St. Croix Falls. The Saints were considered the top challenger to take the conference title away from the Tigers this season. But the Tigers have been able to stretch their lead by beating the Saints in every conference meeting since the season opener.
After Monday's results, the Tigers hold a two-point lead over St. Croix Central in the conference standings.
The Tiger JV also played well, shooting a 221. Dana Clark shot a 52 and Michelle Peterson a 53 to lead the JV. Ziller said Peterson will likely be the Tigers' sixth player during the WIAA tournaments, and that the team needs her to keep playing well in case anything would happen to one of the varsity players during the tournament run.
The turnover in the conference standings really happened last Tuesday, in a quad meet played on the back nine at the New Richmond Golf Club. The Tigers shot a 204 to win the tournament. St. Croix Central, which had been leading the conference, shot a 224 to end up fourth. That difference in team points was enough to propel the Tigers into the conference lead.
The back nine played tough on Tuesday and most of the Central players had never played the NRGC back nine before.
Pendergast shot a 49 to lead the Tigers in the meet. Rogers and Mayry each shot a 51, O'Connell a 53 and Saliny a 58.
For Central this was easily the Panthers' worst round of the year. Ella Olson shot a 52 to lead the Panthers in that match. The Panthers should have known they were in for a bad day when junior Connie Brummer was hit in the back of the head by a shot from another group early in the tournament.
Give the Panther girls credit for bouncing back. Last Thursday they followed their worst round of the year by playing their best round. Back on the familiar grounds of the Hammond Golf Club, the Panthers shot a 195 to take second in a conference quad. Amery's girls were unstoppable that night, shooting a 189.
Olson led the Panthers in that round by shooting a 46, which tied for medalist honors. Brummer shot a 48, Shannon Perry a 50, Allison Fedie a 51 and Holly Perry a 65 for the Panthers.
Middle Border Conference Quad Meet at the The Links
Team Scores: New Richmond 190, St. Croix Falls 203, Baldwin-Woodville 220, Prescott 260
New Richmond scores
Cadi O'Connell 46, Andrea Pendergast 47, Britty Rogers 48, Ali Saliny 49, Maddi Mayry 54