Tiger golfers get the message
The message came across loud and clear to the New Richmond boys golf team.
A finish in the middle of the pack at the Scott Miller Invitational on May 9-10 showed that the Tiger golfers don't have anything guaranteed for the upcoming post-season.
Last week the Tigers again played like a hungry team. The Tigers finished second in last Tuesday's Rice Lake Invitational, topping such strong area opponents as River Falls and Hudson.
The Tigers then played in a Middle Border Conference quad meet at Osceola last Friday. The Tigers produced one of the lowest scores in school history, shooting a 147 to finish three over par as a team.
The 147 score won the quad meet by 20 strokes over second place Osceola.
"To win by 20 strokes, at this time of the season, that's a lot to win by," said Tiger coach Jim Saliny.
All of the Tigers had scores between 35 and 40. Junior Trent Bauer was medalist in the meet by shooting 35. Scott Meyer shot a 36, Blake Gillen a 37, Jeremy Leverty a 39 and Josh Calleja a 40. Gillen just missed getting a hole-in-one, having his tee shot on a par three stop within 12 inches of the cup.
The Tiger JV also shot well. The JV score of 168 would have beaten two of the varsity teams in the meet. Junior Jeff Koop led the Tiger JV with a 41.
The Rice Lake Invitational was a telling performance by the Tigers. Several of the top teams from the other Division 2 regional, including Cumberland, Spooner and Hayward, were there. Those teams weren't able to keep pace with the Tigers. The only team to top New Richmond's 302 score at Rice Lake was Eau Claire Memorial, which finished with a 299.
Saliny said the Tigers sent a message to the other Division 2 teams during the Rice Lake meet, that their play in the Scott Miller Invitational wasn't a true indication of this team's ability.
Bauer shot a 71 at Rice Lake to tie for medalist honors with Tyler Obermueller of River Falls. Obermueller then won the playoff for the medalist trophy.
The Tigers again put up a balanced team score. Meyer shot a 76, Calleja a 77, Leverty a 78 and Koop an 84.
The Middle Border Conference golf meet was played on Tuesday. The Tigers are now preparing for the WIAA Division 2 regional meet, which will be played next Tuesday at the Clifton Hollow Golf Club, with Prescott as the host school. Tee time for the regional is at 8:30 a.m. The top three teams and the top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the sectional level. This year's sectional will be played on Tuesday, June 3 at the Skyline Golf Club in Black River Falls.
The Somerset boys took third place in Friday's quad meet at Osceola.
Andy Westerdahl continued his recent hot play, shooting a 39 to lead the Spartans. Somerset coach Bill Powers said they are hoping that Westerdahl's improvement over the past few weeks will be enough to get him onto the all-Middle Border Conference first team.
Adam Henzler and Andy Leroy shot 42 for the Spartans. Powers said he is hoping that senior Taylor Germain can refind his game. Germain struggled in this quad meet, shooting a 46.
Powers said the Spartans have been gearing their schedule toward regionals. Somerset will be the host site for the Division 3 regional, which will be played next Tuesday at Bristol Ridge Golf Club. The qualifiers from the regional will advance to the Division 3 sectional, which will be played at Frederic on Tuesday, June 3.
Middle Border Conference quad meet at Osceola
Varsity Scores: New Richmond 147, Osceola 167, Somerset 169, Baldwin-Woodville 183
New Richmond varsity scores
Trent Bauer 35; Scott Meyer 36; Blake Gillen 37; Jeremy Leverty 39; Josh Calleja 40
Somerset varsity scores
Andy Westerdahl 39; Adam Henzler 42; Andy Leroy 42; Taylor Germain 46; Mike Kobs 46
JV Scores: New Richmond 168, Somerset 176, Osceola 187
New Richmond JV scores
Jeff Koop 41, Rick Scheid 42, Logan Peterson 42, Dwight Hanson 43, Bennett Gillen 44
Somerset JV scores
Jake Rorabeck 42, Ryan Schleusner 42, Jim Burke 44, Andy Jackson 48, Chris Brunell 52