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Zahradka wins 12th NRGC club title, youth golf champions announced

In the 9-and-under boys division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships, the top finishers were (l-r) second: Davis Paulson; first: Drew Effertz; third: Aidan Eckert. 1 / 7
In the boys 10-11 age division of the New Richmond Youth Golf Club Championships, Mason Erickson (right) was the first place finisher and Michael Benedict (left) finished in second place. Brady Cunningham (not pictured) took third place. 2 / 7
The top finishers in the boys 12-and-up division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships were (l-r) third: Andrew Johnson; first: Cole Effertz; second: Max Davis. 3 / 7
The top finishers in the girls 9-and-under division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships are (l-r) first: Izzy Brinkman; second: Emily Weiss and third: Lily Brinkman.4 / 7
The top finishers in the girls 10-11 age division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships are (l-r) second: Lanie Veenendall; first: Arianna Chiarella; third: Chloe Demulling. 5 / 7
The top finishers in the girls 12-and-up age division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships are (l-r) third: Taylor Berquam; first: Jessica Hagman; second: Hannah Jensen.6 / 7
The winners in the high school division of the New Richmond Golf Club Youth Championships include (l-r) girls runner-up: Maggie Veenendall; girls champion: Alex Wheeler; boys champion: Charlie L’Allier; boys runner-up: Thomas McKinney. 7 / 7

The names remain the same on the championship boards at the New Richmond Golf Club yearly championships.

Jason Zahradka earned his sixth straight championship and his 12th overall in the men’s division of the club championships, played over the weekend. Rod Ring repeated as the NRGC senior champion and Jodi Chelberg took her second straight women’s championship.

Since 1996, Zahradka has won 12 NRGC men’s championships. He faced one of his toughest challenges this year from Trent Bauer. Bauer led after the first day and he held a three stroke lead with three holes to play. Zahradka birdied the 16th and 17th holes, while Bauer bogeyed the 17th and 18th. Zahradka finished with a 73-68 score of 141. Bauer was two under at 142.

Ring was convincing in winning the Senior title. He finished with a 149, five strokes ahead of Ted Bauer.

Chelberg also put together a strong tournament, shooting a 173 to win by four strokes over Sue Chiarella.

Approximately 90 players took part in the annual tournament.

Last week also marked the end of the 2014 Tiger Junior Golf program. There was another huge turnout for the youth program, with 163 golfers in the youth program and 21 more in the accelerated program.

Club pro Ross Johnson led the youth program, along with club apprentices Ian Hessels and Nate Niles. The youth golfers worked through seven stations in each session: irons, woods, putting, chipping, pitching, scoring clubs, and rules and etiquette. Johnson said the scoring clubs is a new station, teaching the youth what clubs to use for shots in the 30-40 yards range.

The youth program held its championships last week, with the winners shown in the seven accompanying photos.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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