MBC golfers follow season-long courseThe Middle Border Conference girls golf season ended just as it began. The season began with Baldwin-Woodville taking immediate control of the team competition and Osceola’s Lindsey Danielson returning in search of her fourth straight MBC individual championship. Both the Blackhawks and Danielson never let go of their lead during the MBC season.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
The Middle Border Conference girls golf season ended just as it began.
The season began with Baldwin-Woodville taking immediate control of the team competition and Osceola’s Lindsey Danielson returning in search of her fourth straight MBC individual championship. Both the Blackhawks and Danielson never let go of their lead during the MBC season.
Baldwin-Woodville capped its championship season by winning the 2008 MBC tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Club. The Blackhawks shot a 340 to win the tournament, finishing 12 strokes ahead of second place St. Croix Falls.
Danielson earned her fourth straight MBC individual championship. She was never beaten during the conference season, finishing with a perfect 120 points earned in conference matches.
The Tiger girls have been in third place in the conference standings all season, and that’s where they placed in the conference tournament.
The Tigers finished the 2008 tournament with a score of 371.
Junior Jessica Williams led the Tigers in the tournament by shooting a score of 87. Williams’ mental toughness was tested when she put her drive in the water on the 16th hole and took a seven on the hole. She came right back and birdied her next hole.
“That takes maturity, guts and patience,” Tiger coach Neal Ziller said of Williams’ ability to bounce back from a bad hole.
Williams received the respected spot of playing in the top grouping in the tournament, along with Danielson and Jenny Benoy of St. Croix Falls. Williams’ play earned her the honor of being one of the five girls named to the All-Middle Border Conference first team for this season.
Also earning all-MBC honors was sophomore Caitlynn Singerhouse. In recent weeks Singerhouse has become one of the steadiest players in the conference.
“She’s worked a great deal on her swing,” Ziller said. “She’s one of the longer hitters in the conference and she’s become one of the better iron players.”
Missing all-conference honors by one place was senior Kari Peirson. Peirson shot the best 18-hole round of her career in the tournament, finishing with a 93. That score included three birdies.
Also getting a career-best score for 18 holes was sophomore Cameron Sorensen, who finished with a 96.
St. Croix Central
Central’s girls shot their best 18-hole score of the year, but ended up seventh in the conference tournament.
“We were hoping for a fifth place finish, and so the girls were pretty disappointed that we took seventh,” said Central coach Dave Larson.
The best news of the day for the Panthers was the all-conference announcement, when senior Anna Morris received one of the five honorable mention all-conference awards.
The best round in the tournament for the Panthers came from Tia Perry. Perry has been playing well lately and she continued that by carding a 96 in the tournament. She was followed by Becca McInnis at 107, Michelle McKenna at 108 and Morris at 112.
This was viewed as a season to rebuild the Spartan girls program. The team took a solid step in that direction.
The Spartans started the season by shooting a 545 score for 18 holes. In the MBC tournament the Spartans shot a 457, an improvement of 88 strokes from the opening match of the season.
“Not good but a step in the right direction,” said Somerset coach Bill Powers about the 457 score in the conference meet. “If we improve 100 strokes from this year until next, we will be in good shape.”
Somerset was led in the tournament by senior Kelsey Rorabeck, who shot a 108. She was followed by the McMahon sisters, with Hailey shooting a 109 and Shanise a 119.
The Spartans finished eighth in the tournament with their 457 score. That matched their eighth place finish in the final overall conference standings.
New Richmond’s girls will play in the WIAA Division 1 Eau Claire North regional meet on Thursday.
The Tigers need to be one of the top four teams among the eight schools in the tournament to advance to the Hayward Division 1 sectional tournament, which will be played next Tuesday. Coach Ziller said the girls have a solid chance of advancing to the sectional tournament.
Somerset and St. Croix Central will be playing in the Luck Division 2 regional tournament, which will be played this Wednesday. The top four teams from that regional qualify for the Osceola Division 2 sectional tournament, which will be played next Tuesday.
Middle Border Conference Girls Golf Championships at Pheasant Hills on Sept. 25
Team Scores: Baldwin-Woodville 340, St. Croix Falls 352, New Richmond 371, Osceola 393, Amery 406, Ellsworth 419, St. Croix Central 423, Somerset 457, Luck 506, Prescott 535
New Richmond scores: Jessica Williams 87, Kari Peirson 93, Caitlynn Singerhouse 95, Cameron Sorensen 96, Hannah Wheeler 106
St. Croix Central scores: Tia Perry 96, Becca McInnis 107, Michelle McKenna 108, Anna Morris 112, Kelly Forsythe 137
Somerset scores: Kelsey Rorabeck 108, Hailey McMahon 109, Shanise McMahon 119, Alex Swanson 121, Carley Seibel 125
Middle Border Conference Girls Golf Final Team Standings
Team Scores: Baldwin-Woodville 118, St. Croix Falls 109, New Richmond 94, Osceola 83, Ellsworth 63, St. Croix Central 62, Amery 57, Somerset 39, Luck 25, Prescott 13