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Tigers tighten up MBC golf race

The race for the Middle Border Conference girls golf is nearing its midpoint and it has already been a highly competitive battle.

St. Croix Central, New Richmond and St. Croix Falls have all staked claims to being strong contenders for the title. That race drew even tighter last Thursday when New Richmond won a four-team match at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset.

St. Croix Central still holds the MBC lead, but the Panthers' lead over New Richmond is of the slimmest of margins.

New Richmond was put in the position for the win with the strong play of seniors Cadi O'Connell and Andrea Pendergast. O'Connell shot a 43 and Pendergast a 44, a combination of scores that none of the other teams could match. O'Connell was superbly consistent in the match. She took a six on the first hole, then didn't have another score above five for the rest of her round.

Pendergast's consistency has taken another route. She has shot scores of 88, 88, 44, 44 and 44 in her rounds this season.

"I've got a feeling she's ready to throw a low (score) in there," Tiger coach Ziller said.

Ziller said he was encouraged by this score, especially at the tough Bristol Ridge course.

"I told them at the end of last season they had the potential to average 182," Ziller said. "They're just about there."

Rounding out the Tiger varsity scores were Maddi Mayry at 48, Ali Saliny at 51 and Britty Rogers at 54.

St. Croix Central junior Ella Olson was the medalist in the tournament with a round of 42. This helped Central to the 196 score, their best nine-hole round thus far.

Senior Shannon Perry had Central's second best score, a 49. Perry had her ups and downs. She took a 10 on one hole, but she also had two threes during her round.

Central coach Bob Nelson is changing the grip that junior Connie Brummer uses on her clubs. Nelson said it appears Brummer will be able to add 30-50 yards to her drives once she gains consistency with the new grip.

Somerset's girls took third in the meet, one stroke ahead of an improving Baldwin-Woodville team. The Spartans were led by a 53 from Linzy Hemmer and a 54 from Lea Jondal. The final two tallied scores were 59s from Cathy Schmitt and Cora Brunell.

The Spartans haven't been gaining any ground on the upper teams in the conference in recent matches.

"I still believe we have a lot of potential, but we need to start showing it," said Somerset coach Bill Powers. "Cora and Cathy are working hard and their scores are starting to come down a little."

The MBC schedule continues this Thursday with a pair of quad meets. Somerset and New Richmond will be playing in a match at St. Croix Falls, while St. Croix Central is host for the other four-team bout.

There will also be a conference quad set next Monday. New Richmond will host one meet, while Somerset and St. Croix Central will play at Ellsworth in the other four-teamer.

Middle Border Conference Quad Meet at the Bristol Ridge Golf Club

Team Scores: New Richmond 186, St. Croix Central 196, Somerset 225, Baldwin-Woodville 226

New Richmond scores

Cadi O'Connell 43, Andrea Pendergast 44, Maddi Mayry 48, Ali Saliny 51, Britty Rogers 54

St. Croix Central scores

Ella Olson 42, Shannon Perry 49, Connie Brummer 51, Allison Fedie 54, Holly Perry 65

Somerset scores

Linzy Hemmer 53, Lea Jondal 54, Cora Brunell 59, Cathy Schmitt 59, MaryAnn Plourde 72

New Richmond JV scores

Michele Peterson 54, Jessica Lutz 55, Sara Lutz 55, Hannah Peterson 56, Erin Atterholt 58, Elizabeth Nadeau 62, Sarah Mike 65, Dana Clark 66

Somerset JV scores

Marissa Flandrick 62, Rachael Hartman 73, Steph Dauffenbach 74, Amanda Raleigh 95

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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