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New Richmond golfers closing in on MBC title

New Richmond senior Alex Wheeler goes into this Thursday’s Middle Border Conference tournament with a 10-point lead over her nearest competitor.

With the Middle Border Conference championship appearing to be a formality for the New Richmond girls golf team, the Tigers are still hard at work, getting ready for the WIAA playoff season.

The 2013 MBC tournament will be played this Thursday at Krooked Kreek Golf Club in Osceola, beginning at 9 a.m.

The Tigers have been perfect in the MBC this season, winning all eight events to hold 80 points heading into the tournament. Osceola has finished second in all eight events, carrying 72 points into the tournament. Somerset is currently third with 61 points, followed by Prescott with 54 and St. Croix Central with 53.

New Richmond has the top three players in the conference standings. Senior Alex Wheeler heads into the conference meet with 76 points. She’s followed by Megan Chelberg with 65 points and Hannah Baker with 60 points. New Richmond’s Emma Ongstad heads into the tournament ranked 10th in points.

The Tigers finished the MBC regular season with a perfect record after winning a match at Ellsworth on Sept. 16. The Tigers’ score of 169 was 20 strokes ahead of Osceola. Wheeler was the tournament medalist with a 37. The Tigers had the top three individuals, with Chelberg shooting 41 and Baker 42.

Tiger coach Neal Ziller said he was pleased with the growth shown by Wheeler, who was emotional when she shot a 46 in her previous round.

“Her comeback was a test of her intestinal fortitude. I think she’ll be a better player for it,” Ziller said.

Ziller said Ongstad’s play has gotten overshadowed because of the success of her teammates. Ongstad has been incredibly consistent, earning points in all eight of the conference matches. Ziller said Ongstad is always working to improve her game and he thinks her scores are on the verge of dropping again.


@t:The Spartans remain in third in the conference standings heading into the conference tournament. The match at Ellsworth was the opposite of what was expected from the Spartans. Junior Stacy Bracht and sophomore Ally Wittstock didn’t have their best days, each of them shooting 52. But the three other Spartans produced their best rounds of the season to keep the Spartans in third place with a round of 201.

Senior Meghan Wolner shot the best score of her career, a 49. That was matched by senior Rachel Briggs for her best score of the season. Sophomore Cally Meixner also produced a career-best by shooting 51.

Somerset coach Bill Powers was thrilled with how Wolner, Briggs and Meixner improved. He said Bracht and Wittstock just need slight adjustments to their approach to bring their scores back down.

“We should be able to shot 190 or better if everyone shots what they are capable,” Powers said.

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@t:The Panthers placed fourth at Ellsworth and they remain locked in a battle with Prescott for fourth place in the overall MBC standings.

Brittney Nabors, Janelle Olson and Katlyn Delander all shot well at Ellsworth. Nabors was in the pack of golfers who finished at 49. Olson shot 50 and Delander 52. Emma Landry and Anna Erickson tied for the Panthers’ fourth score with 59s.

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@t:New Richmond will host the WIAA Division 1 girls golf regional tournament next Wednesday. The tournament will be played at the New Richmond Golf Club. The tournament has a 9 a.m. start scheduled.

Teams joining the Tigers in the tournament are Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Hudson, Rice Lake, River Falls and Superior. The first four teams and top four individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, will advance to the sectional tournament. The Division 1 sectional tournament will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. at the Forest Hills Golf Course. La Crosse Central is the host school for the sectional meet.

Somerset and St. Croix Central will play in the Division 2 regional tournament at the Luck Country Club at 9 a.m. next Tuesday. Teams playing at Luck include Amery, Luck-Unity, Baldwin-Woodville, Ellsworth, Osceola, Prescott, St. Croix Central, St. Croix Falls and Somerset. The first four teams and top four individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, will advance to the sectional tournament. The sectional tournament will be played at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset.

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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