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There were significant highlights for all three local teams in the 2004 Somerset Golf Invitational, played Wednesday at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset.

New Richmond took the team championship in the 25-team tournament. Somerset had the tournament medalist, with senior Andy Westerdahl setting a team record by shooting a par-round of 72.

And St. Croix Central can claim the shot of the day. Central junior Mark Sanders stroked a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Bristol Ridge. He also chipped in another hole, to help him finish in second place in the tournament with a 75.

New Richmond coach Jim Saliny said he got his main goal for the tournament, getting top players Scott Meyer, Josh Calleja and Blake Gillen to all play well in a big tournament.

He said beating the Division 2 teams in the tournament was promising, "but it's still April and we need to be able to beat them in regionals."

Meyer finished third in the tournament with a 76. Calleja shot a 78 and Gillen an 81.

Westerdahl's play was the highlight to Somerset's play in the tournament, with the Spartans finishing seventh with a 341 score. The 341 score is a Somerset school record for 18 holes, joining Westerdahl's round as team records set in the tournament.

"When Andy's playing with good kids, he can really go low," said Somerset coach Bill Powers. "He's very competitive that way."

The next best score for the Spartans was an 85 by Adam Henzler, who showed signs of breaking out of some recent struggles.

St. Croix Central tied for fifth in the tournament with a score of 339. The Panthers had the top score among the Division 3 schools in the tournament.

Sanders' hole-in-one is the first in the 31 years of golf at St. Croix Central, according to long-time coach Lindy Johnson.

The Panthers lineup has solidified well this season. Ben Perry has made vast improvement since last season to become the number one player. John Breusewitz, Sanders and Andy Adams bring stability to the two, three and four spots in the lineup. All four are returning letterwinners.

The fifth spot in the varsity lineup is being shared by Andy Sarnstrom and Kyle Helgeson.

"We have four lettermen back from last year's squad who are working hard and making our team very competitive in all the meets we have been in this year," said Johnson.

The Panthers are one of four teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference that have golf teams this season. Their plans go well beyond the conference tournament that will be played on May 18.

"We plan on being very competitive in Division 3. We were regionals champs last year and feel we will be very much in the hunt in regional competition again this year," Johnson said.

2004 Somerset Golf Invitational

Team Scores: New Richmond 323, Superior 325, Northwestern 334, Hayward 335, Barron 339, St. Croix Central 339, Somerset 341, Chetek 344, Ellsworth 345, Eleva-Strum 348, Ashland 349, Amery 350, Grantsburg 355, Chippewa Falls McDonell 356, Cumberland 357, Glenwood City 360, Spooner 360, Osceola 361, Medford 363, Durand 378, Clear Lake 391, Prescott 406, Baldwin-Woodville 410, Somerset II 411, Siren 426

New Richmond varsity scores

Scott Meyer 76, Josh Calleja 78, Blake Gillen 81, Brady Powers 88, Jeff Koop 93

Somerset varsity scores

Andy Westerdahl 72, Adam Henzler 85, Ryan Schleusner 92, Tim Peterson 92, Jake Rorabeck 96

St. Croix Central varsity scores

Mark Sanders 75, Ben Perry 84, Andy Adams 89, John Breusewitz 91, Andy Sarnstrom 118

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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